Reviewed by: Ryan Doom
and Jason London
What's it about
A reality show director lands an assignment in a crappy little town only to discover murder and mayhem galore; a serial killer stalks the town, killing off his production crew in the process.
Is it good movie?
I hate reality TV. Really. I find the entire genre insulting, and frankly, I find it truly surprising that itís lasted this long. Itís become apart of popular culture and I canít fight the good fight alone. I need to see at least the Real World cancelled. Or MTV erased from my channel selection. Then we can begin the positive progression.
With that said, the reality genre has been intertwined with movies for quite sometime, and now itís apart of the direct to DVD world (not that there hasnít been a few hundred movies focusing on reality TV. I just couldnít think of a better transition). Killer Movie follows in the tradition of fusing TV and horror films, allowing chaos to unfold in a safe and scripted environment, where nothing can go wrong if thereís not a prop man there to induce the horror. As the film states, ďWhat greater truth is there than reality, especially when itís scripted.Ē
Killer movie isnít how Iíd describe Killer Movie, but isnít awful either. The story revolves around Jake (Wesley), the new director of the reality show who takes the gig moments before the shoot begins. He believes heís traveling to shoot a show focusing on a winning hockey team. However, once he arrives, things arenít what they seem; his bitchy producer wants to take advantage of the town, and unveil what wackos they actually are, notably the obsessed coaches: the hockey guy and the cheerleader lady. Oh, and thereís that killer on the loose, some guy dressed with a Blue Man Group reject who kills with a sharp pair of scissors. Watch out!
As a mostly sex free (sans one hot girl-on-girl scene) and safe film (for horror), Killer Movie allows the action and the suspense to carry it without resorting to the usual clichťs of the slasher genre as, like any effective horror movie, Killer Movie plays against the longstanding formula. It spins the slasher idea into a character story, leaving out the usual teenage leads in favor of a male Hollywood director trying to survive in a town of morons. Jake isnít a jerk, he isnít a horn-dog, but heís likeable, down-to-earth, and can get things down when he needs to. It's nice to see some average guy battling a killer in place of the virgin teen girl. Despite the idiots and assholes surrounding him, Jake elevates Killer Movie, making it much better than your average direct to DVD flick. The goreís run-of-the-mill with most of the actual violence taking place off-screen.
The fallback to a film like this is that it doesnít offer anything new. Killer Movie ends up predictable, without any real surprises. With that said, it still manages to hold attention as it runs smoothly and keeps it all interesting.
Video / Audio
Video: A crisp and clear 16x9 Widescreen presentation.
Audio: Presented with the power of 5.1 Dolby Surround.
A digital copy of the movieÖIíve seen a lot of these advertised lately, but I donít see how this is a big draw. Prove me wrong people.
Behind the Scenes: Fourteen-minute, goofy look at the film. The director and all the actors ham it up a bit in their interviews. Worth a watch, but nothing unique here.
Killer Movie might be grounded in the horrid world of reality TV, but as a horror movie, it works, effectively combining horror and the world of TV for an overall entertaining romp, even if itís light of gore and nudityóthe hallmarks of the genre (if you ask me, and Iím assuming you did).