Killer Me
Vanguard // Unrated // $29.99 // July 29, 2003
Review by Don Houston | posted August 2, 2003
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Movie: Movies about killers are a dime a dozen these days with some well done and others not so well constructed. In Killer Me, Director Zachary Hansen provides a somewhat different style of movie by avoiding the overdone supernatural angle and focusing instead on the human himself. Filmed on 16 mm, the movie looks at a young man, Joseph (George Foster), who hears voices and goes around acting on them by stalking people and cutting them up with a switchblade. A young woman, Anna (Christina Kew), is attracted to Joseph and wants to be with him. Rather than rely on the killer as an outside, unstoppable force, he is shown as a weak willed guy with a long history that drives him to do what he does. If you're looking for the latest version of Freddy or Jason, this won't appeal to you as much as it would someone truly into the low budget (this was made for $12,000) horror/suspense movie.

Overall, it was more interesting to watch this one than most of the teen-scream movies but you really have to appreciate the genre if this is to be more than a Rent It as I think it deserves. The limitations of the budget, for example, force limited sets and the cast were not all created equal in their acting abilities. There was an uneven feel to many aspects of the movie and I can honestly say that I'd like to see more of Director Hansen's works before dismissing him as another film school student making a class project flick. He shows that he knows how to build up suspense more than once but the ending was way too open ended for me-I like more direction in how things end (I'm sure I'd argue as to what I thought happened with anyone who thinks pat answers are best).

The overall technical limitations were what bothered me the most though. The picture and sound were good for the budget but that doesn't alleviate what amounted to a weak picture and sound. The story held promise though so I think fans of the genre might want to check it out as they have often shown a willingness to overlook such matters.

Picture: The picture was presented in 1.37:1 ratio color. It looked grainy, had inaccurate fleshtones, and some artifacts were present much of the time but even during the worst of moments it wasn't unwatchable.

Sound: The sound was in stereo with minimal separation between the channels. There was a lot of distortion in certain scenes, with some of it intentional (per the commentary track).

Extras: 3 deleted scenes and an audio commentary track with the director and director of photography describing some of the background (both technical and story) of the movie for the 18 day shoot. It was pretty good in telling how they made this "zero budget" film.

Final Thoughts: While fairly limited in scope, this horror movie wasn't as bad as I'd heard. I watched it twice-once without the commentary and once with-and I thought it was pretty good for what it aimed at. I just wish the budget would've allowed for a dozen more minutes to tie up some of the loose ends.



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