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LIMERICK REVIEW: There once was a serial killer named Mike
who a clerk named Bart was convinced to like.
But his girlfriend became too nosy;
Her outlook was not very rosy.
Digging graves is more work than a 10-mile hike.

HAIKU REVIEW: Serial Killing:
A post-modern career choice
for the greater good.

UNCOMFORTABLE PLOT SUMMARY (inspired by this): [highlight for spoilers] Deluded serial killer tricks loser into also becoming serial killer, and then kills his girlfriend.

PEOPLE: Written/directed by Luke Ricci. With Dameon Clarke (Mike in A Scanner Darkly, 3 eps of 24, Cell in the English Dragon Ball Z cartoons, other anime voiceover work) as the serial killer. Matthew Gray Gubler (Criminal Minds) as the apprentice serial killer. Laura Regan (Hollow Man 2, Unbreakable, They) as the oblivious girlfriend. George Wyner (Spaceballs, tons of TV series, American Pie 2, The Postman, Not Another Teen Movie, Fletch, The Bad News Bears) as the narrating psychologist.

QUIRKS: Serial killing presented as comedy. Mockumentary-style interviews with characters during the movie — The obliviousness of the characters as they talked to the cameraman reminded me of The Office.

VISUALS: Just about the least gory “killing movie” I’ve ever seen. Hardly any blood at all. Murder scenes tend to last all of 5 seconds. This is more about the interplay of characters, than a visual gore fest.

MORALS: Even serial killers can use morals to justify their actions as being for the greater good, rather than being evil. These guys were seriously deluded.

BAD STUFF: It unfortunately loses it’s black comedy mockumentary feel somewhere past the halfway point, when [highlight for spoilers] Mike’s girlfriend finds out what he does, he has to kill her, and they try [and fail] to hide her body without being seen. After that, it seems to be more of a “normal” movie, which counts against it. It started off very special, but finished off a bit less special than it started.

CONCLUSION: This was a fun movie to check out, but it would have been more fun if the black comedy feel had remained throughout the length of the movie. The first half was 5-star material: Serial-killing-related comedy. But then it got a bit more serious at the end, and there really wasn’t an substantive message to take out of the ending. I think the script did not live up to its full potential.

RATINGS:
Clint: Netflix: 3/5 stars. IMDB: 7/10.
Carolyn: Netflix: 4/5 stars. IMDB: 8/10.
The native public rating for this movie is Netflix: 2.7/5 stars (2.8/5 stars for people who rate like me), IMDB: 5.5/10.

RECOMMENDATION: The first half is definitely worth seeing if you like black comedy. The second half is more debatable.

Mood: full of eggs
Music: DethklokVolcano