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IFC Midnight pounces on 'I Am Not A Serial Killer'

10 May 2016 12:11 PM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

The platform has acquired North American and Latin American rights to Billy O’Brien’s thriller and recent SXSW premiere.

Max Records, Christopher Lloyd, Laura Fraser and Karl Geary star in the tale of a small-town teen who must keep his homicidal urges at bay while tracking down a supernatural killer.

O’Brien and Christopher Hyde wrote the screenplay based on the novel by Dan Wells. The Irish Film Board, Quickfire Films and The Fyzz Facility financed the film and Floodland Pictures and The Tea Shop & Film Company produced.

Nick Ryan, James Harris and Mark Lane produced and the executive producer roster features Wayne Marc Godfrey, Robert Jones, James Atherton, Jan Pace, John McDonnell, Rory Gilmartin, Billy O’Brien, Avril Daly, Ruairi Robinson, Robbie Ryan, Bertrand Faivre, Ruth Kenley-Letts and Afolabi Kuti.

IFC Midnight negotiated the deal with Andrew Orr and Nada Cirjanic of Independent Film Company. »

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SXSW Thriller ‘I Am Not A Serial Killer’ Acquired By IFC Midnight

10 May 2016 10:54 AM, PDT | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

IFC Midnight has acquired North American and Latin American rights to I Am Not A Serial Killer, the Billy O'Brien-directed chiller written by O'Brien and Christopher Hyde based on Dan Wells’ novel. Max Records, Christopher Lloyd, Laura Fraser and Karl Geary star in the pic, which bowed this year at SXSW. The takes place in a small Midwestern town where a troubled teen (Records) with homicidal tendencies must hunt down and destroy a supernatural killer whilst keeping his… »

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Film Review: ‘I Am Not a Serial Killer’

29 March 2016 2:24 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Suzanne Collins famously stumbled on her inspiration for “The Hunger Games” trilogy while channel surfing between newscasts of war zones and reality competition shows. In the case of “I Am Not a Serial Killer,” based on the first book in Dan Wells’ Ya series, it’s not hard to imagine its author slipping into a similar fever dream after binge-watching all of “Dexter,” “Fargo” and “Six Feet Under” in one go. The tale of a likable teenager, raised by a mortician family, whose own nascent sociopathic tendencies make him a perfect amateur sleuth when a serial killer strikes his folksy Midwestern town, director Billy O’Brien’s film adaptation strikes a tone that’s far more unique and endearing than that premise might imply, helped in no small part by a sharp-witted performance from former child star Max Records. A strange, clumsily handled third-act turn undoes some of its charm, »

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SXSW 2016 Impressions: I Am Not A Serial Killer, I Am A Hero, Pet

24 March 2016 9:52 AM, PDT | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

[Guest reporter Jenny Nulf shares her impressions of three movies from this year’s South by Southwest Film Festival in Austin, Texas, including I Am Not a Serial Killer, I Am a Hero, and Pet.]

I Am Not a Serial Killer: What happens when a movie gets stuck in limbo for three years? Well, the director is given enough time to create a slow-burning monster movie that will lurk in the back of your mind long after viewing it.

In a tiny Midwestern town, John Wayne Cleaver (Max Records) works with his mother and aunt at a funeral home, helping her embalm the dead bodies. A possible sociopath, John also chats regularly with his psychologist, Dr. Neblin (Karl Geary), about how to subside his murderous tendencies. Then things start to go wrong when an actual serial killer sweeps through the town, and when Max discovers the identity of the killer, it takes him down a terrifying path of self-discovery. This is not your average, sweet coming-of-age story.

I Am Not a Serial Killer’s slow and methodic pace will keep some at bay, but director »

- Jenny Nulf

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SXSW 2016 Review: I Am Not A Serial Killer, He Doth Protest Too Much

16 March 2016 3:00 PM, PDT | Twitch | See recent Twitch news »

"There is a savage beast in every man," wrote George R.R. Martin in A Storm of Swords, and American teenager John Wayne Cleaver has taken those words to heart. John (Max Records) lives in a small, cold town in the U.S. His mother April (Laura Fraser) is a morgue technician, and so John has grown up with a pragmatic view of the human body, which only feeds his fascination with bodily functions. Based in part on his clinical detachment from sights that would send many teens fleeing, John has decided that he is a sociopath and, potentially, a serial killer in waiting. He's perfectly fine with his own diagnosis, which goes far beyond what his psychiatrist (Karl Geary) has told him. He feels completely alienated...

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First Clips from I Am Not A Serial Killer Adaptation

14 March 2016 9:17 AM, PDT | | See recent QuietEarth news »

Based on the first of Dan Wells' John Cleaver trilogy of books, I Am Not a Serial Killer looks to be a decent indie with great atmosphere and a top cast, lead by Max Records, who you'll remember as Max in Spike Jonze's Where The Wild Things Are.

The film is directed by Billy O’Brien (Isolation, Scintilla) and stars Christopher Lloyd (Back to the Future), Laura Fraser and Karl Geary.


Sixteen-year old John Cleaver (Max Records) is dangerous, and he knows it. He’s obsessed with serial killers, but really doesn’t want to become one. Terrible impulses constantly tem [Continued ...] »

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