THE KILLING FLOOR
Reviewed by: JimmyO
What's it about
A rich horror novel agent, who is kind of a dick, moves into a fancy penthouse so he can show off how much money he makes. But somebody seems to have an issue with him as he soon finds himself being stalked by a stranger.
Is it good movie?
Two things can hurt a thriller. The first would be the ability to figure out the bad guy in less than five minutes after the movie starts. The second is a main character that is fairly unlikable. Not that Marc Blucas isn’t good, he does a nice job as horror novel agent, David Lamont. But Lamont is not a nice person. He is super rich and he makes money off of others talent because that’s what agents do. But the problem is, he is crass, obnoxious and fake. Borrowing a line from The Killing Floor… “Make. Me. Care.” I didn’t care what happened to this a-hole, in fact, he sort of deserved the shite he got. When bad mojo starts coming his way, I was kind of rooting for the bad guy, who as I mentioned, I figured out the very first time they showed up in the film. So is this a good movie? Well it’s not as bad as it seems by the last paragraph.
The story revolves around a horror novel agent moving into a swanky penthouse apartment, only to find someone stalking him and leaving him odd presents. Someone is making their way into his apartment and offering up pictures of a crime scene that might have happened right where he is standing. He even finds video tapes of himself being filmed in his sleep. This was very similar to an old John Carpenter television movie called Someone's Watching Me!. With a similar plot about a woman moving into a swanky apartment and getting stalked, it is worth checking out. While not Carpenter‘s best, it was still much creepier than Killing Floor and a really entertaining made for TV thriller. Lauren Hutton‘s character seemed much more sympathetic than Blucas‘ and it also had Adrienne Barbeau as a lesbian… good times had by all. So the whole whodunit or who is going to do it can be a pretty exciting waste of a couple hours. And that can be said for this here flick. It’s not great, but it’s not all that bad either, even if it ain’t Carpenter territory.
As I said, even though Blucas character is kind of a dick, he gives a decent show. And the other cast members are also pretty good, while offering up a ton of red herrings. You’ve got David’s assistant Rebecca (Shiri Appleby) who is a would be writer. Then there is the new sexy new neighbor Audrey played by Reiko Aylesworth. Plus there are a few others that might very well be watching Lamont’s every move. It is a well paced little thriller and the set design is pretty impressive. That is one nice apartment, although this guy needs to make sure the windows and doors are locked more often. So it isn‘t a bad watch, but just don’t try and think about it. The plot is muddled, the choices the characters make are idiotic and again, Lamont deserves it. So if you have nothing else and you don’t mind predictable thrillers, I say give it a go, only if nothing else is on.
Video / Audio
Video: This is a very good Anamorphic Widescreen 1.85:1 transfer. In fact, this looked terrific for what I’m guessing was a fairly low-budget film.
Audio: The Dolby Digital 5.1 is also quite good.
As for the extras… you are stalking the wrong DVD if you are looking for cool featurettes and behind the scenes. All we get here are Trailers for The Killing Floor and “In the Shadow of the Moon”, “Before the Devil Knows You’re Dead”, “Poor Boy’s Game”, “Bordertown” and “Deceit”.
A predictable thriller with a PG-13 sex scene (I think Blucas did more than this on Buffy The Vampire Slayer with Sarah Michelle Gellar) and a lead character who is kind of an a-hole. This kind of story has been done numerous times, somebody being stalked and trying to find out who is behind it sort of thing. This is not the worst, but it is far from being great. If they had a less muddled script and tried a little harder to shield you from the real bad guy, this may have been really good. Director Gideon Raff seems to be able to handle this kind of thriller and the actors are good enough. But the script seems to leave most of the thrills packed up in storage until the next move.