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KATIEBIRD*CERTIFIABLE CRAZY PERSON
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Reviewed by: JimmyO

Directed by: Justin Paul Ritter

Starring:
Helene Udy
Taylor M. Dooley
Lee Perkins

Movie:  
star star star star
Extras:  
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Overall:  
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What's it about
After the death of her serial killer daddy; Katie Bird tries to get help from her doctor/lover/boss. As she gets “therapy”, her past reveals what made this Bird a certifiable nut job.
Is it good movie?

KatieBird is not an easy watch. This girl takes some time to get going. After about twenty-five minutes the action seemed to kick in. During that time the constant “multi-paneling”, which takes split screen to a new level, might make you crazy. If that kind of thing bothers you then this is the wrong movie for you. I for one dug the fresh approach. When Katie Bird (Helene Udy) and Dr. Richardson (Todd Gordon) play their f*cked up games I felt this kind of editing worked very well. It draws you in and makes the experience a little more twisted. It also made a “cheap” independent movie feel not so cheap by forcing you to pay attention to the characters and not the production itself. Justin Paul Ritter shot his actors very close and very personal, sometimes using two of the same shots side by side; only one might be tweaked just a little. It made for a more claustrophobic watch and it worked very well.

Katie Bird herself is played by three different actresses including; Nicole Jarvis as the youngest, Taylor M. Dooley as the teenage Katie and Helene Udy as the adult. Each one of them did a terrific job. The film mainly focuses on the adult version but I really rocked to Ms. Dooley. From the thrift store dress right down to the pigtails. I bought her and she made me believe the transition of just your average little girl to raving psychopath. Good casting here for the women. The men on the other hand left a little to be desired. The psycho dad (Lee Perkins) was “on” most of the time but every so often I felt him “acting”. As for the good doctor, Todd Gordon did not feel like the right choice. I didn’t feel anything for him either way. But luckily Ms. Udy carried those scenes without a hitch so this was only a minor complaint.

And what finally made this flick rate so high in my brain? Brutal, baby… brutal! I’m not talking gore but sheer brutality. The torture scenes are just enough to make you squirm. Although the make-up looks the budget, there are moments that are truly inspired. Without giving too much away, you won’t want to go to the dentist after watching this flick. OUCH! C’mon guys, Katie Bird is waiting… don’t be afraid to love her...
Video / Audio
Video: Widescreen 16x9 looked pretty good considering the budget.

Audio: Dobly 2.0, sounded good. Not great, but good.
The Extras
Commentary with Justin Paul Ritter, Helene Udy, Taylor M. Dooley and Lee Perkins. Very informative listen but not the best audio. I really dug the passion that all of them had for making this movie. Mr. Ritters enthusiasm seems to be infectious.

Movies NOT Excuses (16:04) Okay...is this an infomercial or a behind the scenes feature? I appreciate the message but this taught me nothing about the making of the film. Nice try though.

Misa Does Make Up (1:37) is a quick behind the scenes at a couple of the make-up effects. Way too quick to be of interest.

KatieBird Trailer (2:36) pretty good trailer although much different from the finished project. Not so much of the "funky" look.

KatieBird Teaser (:34) They aren't kidding when they say teaser. Not bad though.

And finally a number of Heretic Trailers for "Red Cockroaches", "Last Exit", "Sacred Flesh", "Cold Blood", "I'll Bury You Tomorrow" and "London Voodoo". Nothing too exciting here.

We also get a couple of DVD Easter Eggs including a couple of crew interviews. Worth a watch but nothing special. Look for the the red hammer in the DVD Credits for these if you're interested.

And finally, if you dug the soundtrack by Daniel Iannantuono, it comes with the package. Fun times.
Last Call
KatieBird is a vicious little thriller thats not afraid to pull a tooth or two. If you don't mind the multi-paneling and you can put up with a slow start, it's worth a watch. Especially for the three Katies. They all gave very layered performances here. And they were in good hands with their director. I'd love to see what Justin Paul Ritter could do with a budget. Because without one, he made a pretty sick little film that could very well find a sizable "cult" following.
ARROW IN THE HEAD'S RATING SYSTEM
star star star star I'D BUTCHER MY FAMILY TO SEE THIS AGAIN
star star star HANG ME BUT I DUG IT A LOT
star star AN OK WAY TO KILL TWO HOURS
star JUST SLING AN ARROW IN MY HEAD AND LET ME DIE IN PEACE

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