SOME GUY WHO KILLS PEOPLE
Reviewed by: Andre Manseau
What's it about
Ken's a former mental patient working at an ice cream parlor during the day. He suffers from a nasty case of PTSD after her got the hell beaten out of him by a basketball team in high school. He's been trying to ease into life in a new town, but his daughter, mean old mother and an unsuspecting romance threaten to throw his sense of balance off. Meanwhile, the fellows who bulled poor Ken are beginning to drop like flies.
Is it good movie?
Right out of the gate, I'd like to just say how much I enjoyed this
flick. It's got that rare combination where it manages to be funny
without being too tongue-in-cheek or stupid, and sports some actual
emotional moments that make it wok quite well.
First off, some heavy props go out to Kevin Corrigan as our protagonist
Ken. If you don't know the name, you'll recognize the face as the
guy's been an Apatow regular for years. The guy's fantastic. He's got
some emotional oomph and is just perfect as the quasi-creepy victim of
our story. Also equally great is newcomer Ariel Gade, who plays Ken's
young daughter Amy. She's just crazy good here, totally honest and
believable without question. She steals almost every scene she's in.
also popping up in fun roles are Karen Black (as Ken's mean-ass Mom),
Lucy Davis as love interest Stephanie and the great Barry Bostwick as
the town's sheriff.
It's nice to watch a flick where you can really get behind the hero.
Although somewhat absurd, the relationships in this movie work and you
simply want to see Ken succeed. The script is smartly written and well
paced, coming off like a well-crafted dark comedy should. The chemistry
between Corrigan and Davis is palpable, as is the relationship between
he and his daughter.
And hell yes horror fans, there's some nastiness to be found here.
There's a masked killer offing people in a loving fashion to please
you. Surprisingly bough though, there's far more to the flick and the
murders aren't played for terror, but rather in an over-the-top
fashion. Watching Bostwick trying to solve the mystery behind the
slayings is quite humorous too- the guy knows how to deliver a friggin'
If I had a complaint, it would have to be that the movie begins to lose
a bit of steam before reaching its conclusion. It's not enough to turn
someone off, but doesn't quite keep up the good pace of the beginning
of the film. This isn't going to reinvent the horror genre, but the
film has such a bizarre and off-kilter charm to it that it's impossible
not to be drawn in. When a movie gets hard to define like this one,
it's either pretty awesome or brutal. I thought this was pretty awesome.
At the end of the day, this one accomplished something thats tough to
do. It's dark, but sweet. Gory, but quite funny at the same time. This
is a story about relationships that aren't perfect, and overcoming our
personal demons to find happiness. It might not be too scary or super
gory, but it's really entertaining, and not a film I'm likely to forget
anytime soon. I highly recommend it.
Video / Audio
Video comes to us with a 1.78 widescreen transfer and looks
quite good. The flick is bright and colorful in places and this is
Audio comes in Dolby 5.1, and is clear and balanced.
First up is a commentary track
with writer Ryan Levin and director Jack Perez, who combine to make for
an entertaining listen. Perez especially revels in the horror genre and
the two guys share a ton of tips and tricks as to how this flick came
The Making of Some Guy who Kills
People is pretty brief and typical for this sort of feature.
Interviews with the cast and crew, pretty standard stuff.
The Fifth is a cool addition-
a 15 minute short film that inspired the flick.
Finally, a trailer.
This one hits a lot of marks- it's funny, it's dark, sad and
emotionally satisfying while being really strangely put together. This
one's a real original that I absolutely suggest you seek out.