Painter Jack Craig gains himself a wealthy patron when he sells a morbid painting. He soon finds that in order to please his patron, he must continue to paint pictures of death - and this leads him down a murderous path.

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Painter Jack Craig gains himself a wealthy patron when he sells a morbid painting. He soon finds that in order to please his patron, he must continue to paint pictures of death - and this leads him down a murderous path.

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17 July 1991 (USA)  »

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Easel Kill Ya
23 August 2015 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Jack is a fine artist. Actually, there is nothing fine about his work, an angry, short-tempered individual with a liking for drink, he is on the wagon, but is as hot-headed as ever the night a downstairs neighbour annoys him playing loud music on the fire escape. With a little help from Jack, the man falls to his death; at worse this is involuntary manslaughter, but it is also an opportunity. Taking Polaroid shots of the victim on the ground, he paints a death scene and flogs the canvas for a tidy sum to a ghoulish collector he has recently heard about, a man who promises him ten times as much for his next work.

At this point you might suspect this guy is Old Nick himself, but there is only one Devil here, the one inside Jack's head. He accepts the commission though, and his next victim is his elderly landlady, whose death most definitely cannot be classed as involuntary manslaughter or involuntary anything. After dispatching her he takes the preparatory photographs and then paints her corpse using her blood.

By this time he has picked up a love interest, but there is no love here, and no salvation for Jack. There is no real twist in the ending, but it has to end badly; what sort of world would it be if men like Jack were allowed to get away with serial murder, even in the name of art?


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