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Director Billy O’Brien’s I Am Not a Serial Killer, based on Dan Wells’ book of the same name, follows John, a young psychopath (Max Records) obsessed with the town’s serial killer. John is a misfit, picked on for being weird,… Continue Reading →
- Heather Buckley
With I Am Not a Serial Killer hitting select theaters and VOD today from IFC Midnight, I caught up with the film’s co-writer/director Billy O’Brien for our latest Q&A feature to discuss working with Christopher Lloyd, what made Max Records the right fit to play John Wayne Cleaver, filming in frigid Minnesota, and much more.
Thanks for taking the time to answer some questions for us, Billy. Were you a fan of Dan Wells’ John Wayne Cleaver books before directing and co-writing I Am Not a Serial Killer? What made you want to tell this story on the big screen?
Billy O’Brien: Well, I read the book the summer of 2009 and loved it. But it was a paperback, so I thought the rights would be gone, so I was delighted to find they weren’t sold. I wrote Dan a letter and was just honest »
- Derek Anderson
I saw I Am Not a Serial Killer at the SXSW Film Festival earlier this year and it was one of the most pleasant surprises of the fest. A throwback horror movie that never feels the need to wink or nudge, Billy O’Brien‘s film is slick, sick, and deeply interested in the humanity that lurks […]
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- Jacob Hall
Often lumped into the Young Adult category to the chagrin of author Dan Wells, I’m not sure I know many parents who would like to have their fourteen-year old child heading to theaters with friends for the cinematic adaptation of his debut I Am Not a Serial Killer. The first of what has now spiraled into a quintet of books surrounding John Wayne Cleaver; its story introduces the character as a clinically diagnosed sociopath attempting to survive adolescence within a small mid-western town. His own predilection towards violence and the macabre aside, John’s journey ultimately finds him on the trail of a brutal assailant terrorizing his home with supernatural strength. A keen amateur scholar of the mass murderer circuit, this teen proves perfectly suited to crack the case.
- Jared Mobarak
Easily one of the best genre films of the year, Billy O’Brien’s I Am Not A Serial Killer (review soon)takes the story of a young man with violent tendencies and a series of murders in which the boy becomes obsessed with and offers a unique and interesting take on the genre. An adaption of the book by Dan Wells (the first book in a series), the film hits theaters/VOD on August 26th and we thought it would be fun to throw a few questions at O’Brien to see what led to his involvement in the film, as well as his desire to possibly tackle another adaption of Wells’ series. Read on!
I Am Not A Serial Killer is such a unique film and its story is extremely interesting. What inspired you take it on?
Great writing, the book had a strong visual sense, realistic characters »
- Jerry Smith
Existing at the crossroads between Let the Right One In and Under the Skin, director Billy O’Brien’s new film, I Am Not a Serial Killer is a coming-of-age horror movie about what it means to be human. This is the kind of movie about which the less is said, the better, making it difficult to summarize its plot and even, in some cases, to argue for its strengths. So much of what O’Brien does right is in the service of the movie’s themes, which it would be unfair to fully reveal in a review. That can make talking about the film in any detailed way a challenge, but I can at least say this: it is a movie you absolutely have to see. Take my word for it.
- Patrick Bromley
A new, alternative poster for I Am Not a Serial Killer might be considered a bit of a spoiler. But it's not. Billy O'Brien's movie, which I saw earlier this year at SXSW, starts off almost like a John Hughes picture, except that the high school hero (Max Records) is the son of a morgue technician (Laura Fraser). That gives him a different view of the human body and also affects his view of the world, which leads to his conclusion that he may be a serial killer in waiting. But then there's his unsettling neighbor, Christopher Lloyd... The movie gets progressively darker and more intriguing as it plays out. It's heading to select U.S. theaters this Friday, August 26. It will also be available...
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Good-on I Am Not A Serial Killer for never bullshitting its audience. We don’t even get halfway into this Dan Wells adaptation before director Billy O’Brien addresses the elephant in his title. As the film suggests, O’Brien’s main character is not a serial killer, so why waste time teasing something that isn’t true when the film begins (but might be later)? Such a suggestive name plays directly into an unexpected story for those of us ignorant to Wells’ source novelization, without any momentum to waste. I like surprises, and this is one of the better ones a genre fan can ask for.
Max Records plays young John Wayne Cleaver, a diagnosed sociopath who works with his mother April (played by Laura Fraser) in their family’s funeral home. Everyone knows John isn’t exactly “normal,” which is why he visits his therapist Dr. Neblin (Karl Geary »
- Matt Donato
Ahead of its VOD release on August 26th, Irish writer-director Billy O’Brien’s adaptation of novelist Dan Wells’ supernatural-thriller I Am Not a Serial Killer (read our review) screened at this past weekend’s Bruce Campbell Horror Film Festival in Chicago. Christopher Lloyd (Back To The Future), Max Records (Where The Wild Things Are) and Laura Fraser (Breaking Bad) star […] »
Hasbro launched development of a “Clue” movie in 2008 as part of a six-year partnership with Universal to produce at least four feature films based on branded properties: Clue, Monopoly, Candyland, Ouija, Battleship, Magic: The Gathering and Stretch Armstrong.
“Battleship” was a costly money-loser for the studio in 2012 while “Ouija” grossed $103 million on a $5 million budget and generated a sequel “Ouija: Origin of Evil” that’s due out Oct. 21. At the time that Universal dropped the “Clue” project, “Pirates of the Caribbean” director Gore Verbinski was attached to direct and produce, but is no longer part of the project at Fox.
Hasbro’s seen its greatest success in Hollywood with “Ouija, »
- Dave McNary
Way back in 2011, Universal Pictures dropped their long-gestating remake of the 1985 board game adaptation Clue, but we never heard any updates on the project since then. At the time, Gore Verbinski was attached to direct, but the project never found a new home. Until now. 20th Century Fox is joining forces with Hasbro Studios to bring this project back to life!
The Tracking Board reports that Josh Feldman is set to produce through Hasbro Studios, with Ryan Jones overseeing the project for Hasbro and Daria Cercek overseeing the project for 20th Century Fox. When Universal was developing the project, the studio was working from a script by Burk Sharpless and Matt Sazama (Gods of Egypt). It isn't know if the writers or director Gore Verbinski are still involved at this point.
This report reveals that 20th Century Fox is seeking to expand the scope of this movie remake, which seems »
1991: Joseph Gordon-Levitt booked a number of roles as a child actor, including guest spots on “Family Ties” and “Murder She Wrote,” but his first starring role was on ABC’s revival of ’60s gothic soap opera, “Dark Shadows.” The show, on which Jgl played David Collins, only lasted one season. 1994: In “Angels in the Outfield,” Jgl plays an adorable foster child who prays to God that the California Angels win the pennant so he can have a family again. God answers by sending a pack of angels, led by Christopher Lloyd, to help out the struggling ball club. »
- Greg Gilman
IFC Midnight is doing one hell of a job putting out some solid, scary as all hell films, ranging from possessed children to serial killers and everything in between and I for one, couldn’t be more excited about the trio below. Do yourselves a favor and put these babies on your calendars, they all three look like unique, bold visions of horror and terror.
Antibirth (August 29th, theaters, VOD)
Hard-drinking, pill-popping, bong-ripping Lou (Natasha Lyonne) and her best friend Sadie (Chloë Sevigny) spend their days adrift in a druggy haze. But one wild night out becomes a bad trip that never ends when Lou wakes up with symptoms of an unexplained, highly abnormal pregnancy. Who—or what—is growing inside her? As her due date approaches with alarming swiftness, the fear, paranoia, and conspiracy theories begin to pile up. Spiked with blasts of hallucinatory color, surreal shocks, and subversive comedy, »
- Jerry Smith
With just three weeks to go until its release, a poster and trailer have arrived online for director Billy O’Brien’s upcoming thriller I Am Not a Serial Killer. The film is an adaptation of Dan Wells’ best selling novel of the same name and stars Max Records, Christopher Lloyd and Laura Fraser; take a look below…
Sixteen-year-old John Wayne Cleaver (Max Records, Where the Wild Things Are) is not a serial killer—but he has all the makings of one. Keeping his homicidal tendencies and morbid obsessions with death and murder in check is a constant struggle that only gets harder when a real serial killer begins terrorizing his sleepy Midwestern town. Now, in order to track down a psychopath and protect those around him, John must unleash his darkest inner demons. Based on the cult novel by Dan Wells, this twisted, genre-bending thriller co-stars Christopher Lloyd and Breaking Bad’s Laura Fraser. »
- Amie Cranswick
Today we present to you a trio of new movie trailers from the festival circuit, and they all look like must-sees for any film lover. Check out the previews for notable selections of SXSW, Cannes, Toronto and Fantastic Fest below. I Am Not a Serial Killer In what sounds like an indie teen movie version of the show Dexter, this thriller adapted from a cult novel follows a young man (Where the Wild Things star Max Records) who everyone in town thinks could be a serial killer as he discovers an actual mass murderer on a rampage. Christopher Lloyd co-stars, and IFC is releasing the SXSW hit in theaters and online on August 26. Two Lovers and a Bear Orphan Black breakout Tatiana Maslany continues her rise to stardom with a leading role...
- Christopher Campbell
Directed by Billy O’Brien, I Am Not a Serial Killer tells the story of John Wayne Cleaver (Max Records), a young teen riddled with homicidal thoughts who must protect his hometown from an actual serial killer. Based on the novel of the same name by author Dan Wells, we get our first look at the official trailer and poster for the IFC Midnight film before it is released in select theaters and on VOD on August 26th.
Synopsis: “Sixteen-year-old John Wayne Cleaver (Max Records, Where the Wild Things Are) is not a serial killer—but he has all the makings of one. Keeping his homicidal tendencies and morbid obsessions with death and murder in check is a constant struggle that only gets harder when a real serial killer begins terrorizing his sleepy Midwestern town. Now, in order to track down a psychopath and protect those around him, John must unleash his darkest inner demons. »
- Tamika Jones
Being a horror fan can be difficult at times, because so many genre releases end up being boring at best and garbage at worst. Oftentimes, though, some of the best horror films will be those that head straight to video-on-demand platforms. Based on early buzz, it looks like we’ll be getting another great VOD release soon from IFC Midnight. Later this month, the distribution company will be releasing I Am Not a Serial Killer on digital platforms (and in select theaters), and I absolutely can’t wait. The film, which stars Christopher Lloyd, Max Records, and Laura Fraser, is an adaptation of
Take a Look at the Official Trailer for ‘I Am Not A Serial Killer!’ »
- Jasef Wisener
Prior to the film’s release at the end of the month here’s the latest, and most likely last, trailer for Billy O’Brien’s I Am Not A Serial Killer. The film stars Where The Wild Things Are’s Max Records as John, a troubled young man who believes himself to be a sociopath who could well develop into something much worse. When a crime is committed within John’s small town community the boy starts to investigate, setting him on a dark path to uncover some shocking truths. Based on a novel by Dan Wells the film co-stars Laura Fraser and Christopher Lloyd. The film has been well received since its SXSW debut, here’s what Peter Martin had to say in our review: “I Am Not a Serial...
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Film and entertainment’s biggest weekend is coming, with three nights and two days of the best cinematic experiences money can buy as American Airlines presents Empire Live hits The O2, London on 23rd-25th September 2016.
This year, Empire Live will be hosting a special 30th anniversary screening of Stand by Me as well as a screening of Labyrinth as a tribute to the late great David Bowie. To celebrate, we take a look at some of the best films from our childhood that still strike a chord with us today.
Thirty years ago Rob Reiner sent four boys on a journey along a railway line in rural Oregon in search of a dead body. In doing so, he created a modern classic. Based on a novella by Stephen King, Stand by Me stars Wil Wheaton, River Phoenix, Corey Feldman and Jerry O »
- The Hollywood News
Star Trek: The Original Series was a ground-breaking television event when it first hit the airwaves in 1966. As the famous tagline promised, the show went to places where no man had gone before, breaking boundaries and presumptions about science fiction and sindicated television on the way. By the late 1970's, reruns expanded the shows' popularity, and Star Wars paved the way for a transition to the big screen. 37 years, 13 films, and 3 generations of casts later, Star Trek still has a place on the big screen.
This is my personal ranking of those films, as a more than casual fan who grew up watching the films more so than the television shows. Are you a die-hard Trekkie? Or how about someone who has only been introduced to Star Trek through the reboot films? »
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