Some Guy Who Kills People

I caught this one the Saturday afternoon of the Dark Bridges Film Festival 2012.  I’d actually read about this one some time ago on Bloody Disgusting when it did it’s initial run in the film festival circuit.  This one has an executive producer credit for John Landis (American Werewolf in London) so one might assume this has some rather large shoes to fill.  This isn’t anything like that film, other than it happens to also be a horror comedy, and Landis isn’t directing, so I would temper your expectations.  Frankly “Executive Producer” can usually be translated to “yes you can use my name to help sell your movie, now where’s my paycheck” anyway.  But Some Guy Who Kills People is a pretty entertaining little film that I think most horror fans, and probably some fans of offbeat comedy as well, will probably enjoy.

The movie follows a guy named Ken Boyd.  Ken is played by Kevin Corrigan who you may remember in supporting roles in both Superbad and Pineapple Express but it looks like he’s been in a ton of different movies and TV shows over the years from several genres.  His character Ken has spent a good portion of his young adult life institutionalized due to traumatic events in his past and now works at an ice cream parlor.  He was tormented by members of his high school basketball team while in highschool and is now hunting them all down one by one and brutally murdering them. 

Meanwhile you discover that he has an 11 year old daughter, played by Ariel Glade, who’s the result of a one night stand.  She finds out who he is and begins trying to start up a relationship with him.  Ken is incredibly awkward and his daughter is totally boisterous, so of course this sets up a number of comedic scenarios involving the two of them learning to live with, and love, one another.  And at the same time as this, he also romances a somewhat weird British chick who apparently has a thing for guys dressed up as mint chip ice cream cone men in black tights I guess.  All the while is trying to keep his murderous nightly outings a secret in the small town where they all reside.

Frankly, I didn’t really find Ken to be all that funny.  He was awkward, but not exaggerated awkward, just kind of mopey really.  The characters who I thought were the funnier ones in the movie were actually Ken’s mom, played by Karen Black of House of 1000 Corpses fame, and the Sheriff played by Barry Bostwick of Rocky Horror Picture Show fame.  Karen Black’s mother character spends the majority of the movie totally ragging on her son in sometimes downright mean ways that’s pretty damn funny, and the Sheriff, who happens to also be banging her, rocks it with dialogue that’s pure parody in every scene he’s in, especially the gruesome crime scenes where he keeps the jokes and puns coming fast and furious.  The movie never really achieves laugh out loud hilarity very often, but despite that it’s a good semi-black comedy with some pretty decent slasher kills in it. 

Gore wise you get throat slashings, decapitations, and axes to the head, so it’s pretty good, although nothing you haven’t seen done a million times before.  I think what could’ve made this movie stand out a lot more is if they’d have put more effort into the kills to make them more over the top and comedic, but maybe that isn’t what they were going for here.

The title of the movie and poster made me think this was going to be more over the top than it ends up being, but after seeing the movie the comic book style of the poster actually makes sense for the movie (Ken is a comic book artist).  Maybe it was that sort of expectation that made me feel a little bit let down on this one, but all in all, I’d still say it’s worth checking out.  The acting is good across the board, the movie is paced pretty well, and it’s got some good humor, even if it isn’t the type of slap sticky Evil Dead 2 type of shit I might’ve pictured in my mind.  Give this one a look.