Reviewed by: Zombie Boy
What's it about
A “found footage” film concerning a sociological test to delve into the mind of a murderer by having people commit murder then showing that footage to other people. Huh?
Is it good movie?
Kill Day is not a movie. First off, it’s just slightly over an hour long. Secondly, it has no real plot. The first few minutes are narration over a hodgepodge of incongruous public domain stock footage, detailing a scientific experiment conducted at some point in the past. Supposedly, in order to understand the mind of a killer, the scientists felt they needed to have subjects experience images of murders from the point of view of the victim. To this end, a toxin was introduced into the water supply of a small town with the effect of turning people murderous. These actions were then somehow recorded, and those recordings were then spliced into this video, along with an array of other images meant to make one’s brain more susceptible to the process.
Those other images are things such as Hitler giving a speech, mutilated North Korean soldiers, animal testing, and Bettie Page-era paddling videos. There are some slightly more hardcore naked ladies, and even a Flip the Frog cartoon. The murder scenes that are supposed to be the meat of the matter are the only shots that were actually filmed for this “movie,” and they are clearly ad-libbed, and are tedious to the extreme. They are presented in black and white, with high contrast and grain, reminding me of another movie I hated, Begotten. These scenes are also all third person, i.e.: neither from the point of view of the killer or the killed. The camera angles change, and the camera moves with the action. How were these scenes filmed for the project?
It’s not like I’m asking a horror movie to be realistic, but it has to make sense within its own construct. This one does not. It sets up a scenario, albeit a ridiculous one that doesn’t even make sense itself, and then proceeds to ignore that scenario. The collection of stock footage surrounding the filmed scenes would have been kitschy and at least semi-entertaining spliced together on their own (though the animal testing stuff should have been left out altogether) but married to the stupid story and annoying shot footage, just proves to be nonsensical padding until the next endless scene of some dude clearly not landing blows anywhere near a girl’s face.
On a side note, though packaged as final product, the movie doesn’t even have a start menu. It autoplays, and then just shuts off when it gets to the end. Maybe this was meant to be method, but it just annoyed me.
Video / Audio
Video: The image is presented in widescreen, though it is mostly public domain stock footage.
Audio: The case says Dolby Digital 5.1, which is good. You get to hear every wail of feedback and annoying bit of dialogue with that much more clarity. Yay.
Kill Day is a neat idea, splicing shot scenes into a bizarre array of public domain stock footage, but the execution of such was a total mess. It makes no sense, the scenes of violence are not realistic, shocking, or even watchable. It is an hour-long piece that feels like a year. It is a good rule of thumb that any movie that begins with a disclaimer about how violent and shocking it is should be turned off immediately.