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SOME GUY WHO KILLS PEOPLE
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Reviewed by: Andre Manseau

Directed by: Jack Perez

Starring:
Kevin Corrigan
Barry Bostwick
Karen Black
Lucy Davis
Leo Fitzpatrick
Ariel Gade
Eric Price

Movie:  
star star star star
Extras:  
star star star star
Overall:  
star star star star
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' line.

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 represented well.

Audio comes in Dolby 5.1, and is clear and balanced.
The Extras
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 together.

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.

Last Call
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.
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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