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Reviewed by: Ammon Gilbert

Directed by: Chad Archibald, Gabriel Carrer

Starring:
Ryan Barrett
Pete Soltesz
Thomas Gofton

Movie:  
star star star star
Extras:  
star star star star
Overall:  
star star star star
What's it about
Six unlikable strangers wake up in a bizarre house only to find themselves captors in some sick and twisted game by a bunch of a-holes dressed up as Tiki-men, putting each of them to the ultimate endurance and morality test.
Is it good movie?
The scenario of a group of strangers waking up trapped in a confined area not knowing why they’re there or what’s their connection is so goddamn played out at this point that, for a movie to bring anything new to the table, it has to be pretty f*cking extraordinary. SAW II (and to a lesser extent, SAW) kick-started this craze a while back and now it’s been done to death—so how does KILL fare up to the rest of the films in the sub-genre? Horrendously.

It’s not that I just didn’t like this movie, but it veered on a level of hatred that I can’t really comprehend or even provide a rational explanation as to why. Maybe because there was nothing entertaining, redeemable, or otherwise good about the film, making it a total and utter waste of time that had my distaste for the flick at remarkably high levels. Or because KILL offers absolutely nothing new to the “strangers wake up to find they don’t know what’s going on” scenario that has been played out a billion times before it. Those two reasons alone would justify such hatred, but combine them together and you have yourself a film that’s a literal recipe for disaster.

Then, of course, it’s the low budget look and feel, with its low budget sets (set? It’s filmed in a house with tacky decorations), low budget acting, and low budget bad guys. Men dressed up in Tiki masks and Hula skirts lurking around the most brightest-lit house ever, hacking fools away left and right? Come on… I couldn’t buy it and I doubt anyone else could buy it either. I have nothing against low budget movies, there are some that push the limits and dare to be different—but KILL only dares to waste its viewers time. Lots of screaming, lots of juxtapositioning, lots of wondering what’s going on, all for the lamest excuse ever. And of course, let’s not forget those evil Tiki-men.

Is there anything about this movie that was likable? Yes. The opening credit sequence was pretty dope—simple, yet felt new and fresh, and was more than just fading text on the screen. Sure, the credits and the names come up a little out of order (from the ordinary, at least), but it was a cool little sequence that had me expecting more from the flick… so maybe having awesome credits set the bar too high for the film to actually achieve? If so, the fault still lies on the filmmakers. Wow. An entire paragraph devoted to the film’s opening credits—if that doesn’t give you an idea of the level of complete garbage KILL is, I don’t know what will.

Video / Audio
Video: The quality here is that akin to video tape--it's mostly clear, but rarely feels like an actual "film" in its presentation, regardless of its 2.35:1 aspect ratio.

Audio: Mixed in 2.0 Mono, the sound is about as dull, flat, and lifeless as the film itself.

The Extras
Killer Trailer: You can watch the film's trailer over and over again if you want.

Audio Commentary: Listening to directors Chad Archibald and Philip Carrer discuss the making of this movie almost makes you believe it's not the total waste of time it actually is. The commentary starts off slow, but it eventually picks up... a little bit. These guys really put their all into this flick.. too bad it was all for nothing.

Tromatic Extras: It wouldn't be a Troma Release without this set of Troma Trailers (from classics to more recent releases), Radiation March, and Transvestite PSA, all of which are usually slapped on all of their releases. If you like Troma... these should put a smile on your face.

Last Call
This type of horror film scenario has been done a billion times before, and KILL offers nothing new to contribute to the sub-genre. KILL is a boring, unlikable, and a complete waste of time. The “extras” aren’t really extra at all, but at least you get some old school Troma trailers like MOTHER’S DAY and CLASS OF NUKE ‘EM HIGH to make, at least some part of this DVD, entertaining. I wouldn’t recommend anyone touch KILL with a 10-foot pole—trust me, this sucker is DOA.
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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