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Killer Movie tells the story about a young director and his film crew,
who find themselves picked off one-by-one by a masked killer, whilst
filming a project in a small American town. Whilst Killer movie does
use cliché after cliché and is unoriginal in almost every aspect, it's
an enjoyable 90 minute cliché, which is definitely worth checking out
if you are a fan of slashers.
The acting from the cast is solid, with Cyia Batten giving the best performance as the incredibly bitchy Lee. I was very disappointed with the lack of screen time one of the major talents in the film, Leighton Meester (Gossip Girl) though, as she appears for a few minutes and has very little to work with apart from being a stereotypical bimbo. The character development is somewhat good and each character (for the most-part) gets a decent amount of screen time. However, it doesn't help that when it comes to these characters being chased/attacked by the killer, they make many stupid decisions and deserve to die due to their own stupidity.
Onto the death scenes, they are enjoyable and have some blood/gore, but on other times they are a wasted opportunity as we cut away from all of the action. They were good enough though, and I liked the chase scenes near the end. Killer Movie, as you probably know, is a comedy also and does use some amusing lines and does have some amusing moments. The comedy worked well in this movie. Kaley Cuoco plays a "Hilton/Richie" type character, and has some funny moments in this. I'll also quickly mention the production values, as this looks very well-made for DTV and the movie is written and directed well enough.
The problems with Killer Movie is the unoriginality and the fact that many clichés are used throughout - it makes you wonder whether it was deliberate or just completely lazy and uninspired. We have stupid characters doing many stupid things, the freak who lives by himself (and is used as a red herring), cell-phone service going down, characters wandering off and many more. Nothing about Killer Movie even tries to be original. I also thought the killer's identity was predictable, as with the ending. But hey, for the most part, Killer Movie uses the conventions well...unlike some of these hideous low-budget movies you can find.
Overall, I enjoyed Killer Movie for what it was - a 90 minute, full-of-clichés slasher flick with some laughs, some blood, some chase scenes and good writing/direction and production values. If you can appreciate this movie for what it is and are a fan of slashers, you'll probably enjoy it. I do, however, think these rigged reviews on IMDb are pretty stupid. Killer Movie a 10/10 flick? You've gotta be kidding.
This movie is strangely filmed with comments from the actors every five minutes after something slightly interesting happens. It's a funny film with a few exciting scenes, kind of predictable but worth watching once if you have a few hours to kill! The acting is laughable at times with many parts reminding you of a school theater production, but this adds to the laughter and makes it more interesting. Kaley Cuoco doesn't bring much to the role apart from her great looks, she should really stick to TV and rolling out one-liners. Tries to be gory but doesn't make you want to hide behind a pillow! Swear words are thrown in a lot which make things slightly more entertaining but in the long run remind you more of watching a porno! Overall this movie was as expected, probably funnier if watched in a Cafe in Amsterdam, if you get my drift..
Compared to 90 percent of the horror films released over the past little while this one stands a head and shoulders above the competition. There is a blend of comedy and horror which works well since the entire concept of horror has fallen by the wayside due to the vast number of similar films that have been made in the genre. Horror isn't frightening the way it used to be, so why not make fun of the genre? A mostly younger cast work well here, playing off the fact they are younger and pretty much regarded as mental light weights by the general public. They are really not that dumb when you get right down to it. Good Job...
Killer Movie is a fairly entertaining teen horror movie very much in
the spirit of the 80s, but without the nudity.
A small town that has never had a decent ice hockey team is about to win it big. Hollywood decides that this story would be perfect for a reality show. As the director arrives he finds out that the producer has other plans- to unmask all the towns dirty secrets, of which there are plenty as the former hockey coach just got out of jail after killing is ex wife accidentally. But then, more gruesome killings begin. The crew which doesn't get along entirely tries to just do their work. Eventually they too will be affected by the town's darkness.
Much is made of a celebrity character that takes the job of a PA to advance her career. But it's Hollywood that is also a principal character in this movie and the way it operates, through deception and manipulation. And that aspect of the movies is the most interesting and entertaining.
We don't really get a sense of the town and it's people because the crew is at the center. A masked killer starts killing random people and filming it all. Strangely, no one bothers to call the police but as always, the script requires a bunch of teens to start investigating things on their own in the middle of the night.
There are a lot of attractive ladies in Killer Movie. Even though we have no hint that this will turn out to be a whodunit, the identity of the killer turns out to be a surprise, it's an insignificant one because at no point are we asked to wonder about his identity.
As a slasher movie, this one lacks scary moments and gory killings. There are a lot of characters and few too care for, so the deaths don't have any impact. The main storyline of the making of the reality series isn't all that interesting really. But it's the intrigue that keeps things going.
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A reality television shoot goes awry when its crew finds itself
stranded in a remote Northern town.
A killer is on the loose, stalking cast and crew members one by one.
As past suspicions, betrayals and secrets inexplicably come into play, the nightmare of shooting this reality show becomes all too real for Jake, the show's director, his crew and Hollywood starlet Blanca Champion.....
So it's basically Scream for the big brother generation, with the one from The Big Bang Theory who decidedly ugly, playing a big star who everyone lusts after.
One of the crew is a little bit strange, Scooby Doo strange, and once you see him, you think to yourself 'the makers couldn't be that stupid to make him the killer'.
Guess what, they are, and then some...
None of the cast are likable, the editing and narrative are awful, and the last five minutes of the film literally has more shots of the sidekick dog than anyone else.
The final reveal features the killer wearing some eye make up, and even the makers get fed up by the end and just have shot in a maundering way.
It's even depressing to write about it, I wouldn't bother, even if you had nothing to do, sitting and staring the abyss would be a better choice than seeing this excremental excuse for a film...
Let me preface with the fact that I rarely give a 10 to anything. As a person with 2 English degrees, I have sort of been formally trained to be overly critical. This movie is worth your time. I can't even count how many horror movies I have seen in my life, but this nearly tops them all. BUT, you have to be aware that you are going into a movie that is clearly designed to function as both a horror movie, but all also functions as mockumentary for both the horror genre and reality TV genre. So, yes, it does make fun of itself rather in the way Scream does or the later Friday the 13th movies do. And it's every second a delight. Also, it's truly watchable start to finish. Rarely can I make it through a full horror movie without fast forwarding a bit. I don't dig excessive gore and find it more revolting than frightening, but this movie doesn't rely on gore to be successful at giving scares. While it isn't a film that will give you nightmares for weeks, it is one that it thoroughly enjoyable on several levels and is very much worth a watch so long as you aren't expecting a flat out slasher.
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This is a slasher film with no nudity. It does have a muddled concept,
amateurish editing, an excess of bland characters and enough expository
dialog to choke a rhino, but a slasher movie with no nudity is like a
peanut butter and jelly sandwich that has neither peanuts nor jelly.
What's the point?
Attempting to mix a poorly thought out take on reality television with the same sort of generic violence you can see in a thousand other cheap horror flicks, Killer Movie is about a TV crew from Hollywood that's taken up residence in a small North Dakota town. They're supposed to be making a reality show about one thing, but the producer (Cyia Batten) wants to change the focus to something more tawdry and sensational, causing friction with the show's newly hired director (Paul Wesley). There's also an out-of-control celebutante (Kaley Cuoco) who's signed up to be a production assistant on the show as research for her next film and, of course, a masked killer who appears to be shooting his own reality show.
I'm sure you know the drill. People get slaughtered, there's a mystery about who is responsible and blah, blah, blah. In this case, however, the phrase "blah, blah, blah" is especially appropriate because it accurately describes at least 50% of this movie. Characters are constantly explaining things, both to each other and to the audience though the use of reality show style "confessionals" where they talk directly into the camera. A movie is supposed to show, not tell. All Killer Movie does is tell and tell and tell and tell and none of it is smart or funny or insightful. Imagine a Kevin Smith script written after Kevin Smith had suffered a very serious head injury. That's what this film is like.
There are only two halfway decent characters in this tale, but they aren't the main hero or the masked killer. The main hero is good looking and generally concerned about other people. That's the sum total of his personality. The masked killer is defined by a wristwatch and eyeliner. No, you didn't read that wrong. The masked killer has a wristwatch and wears eyeliner and that's everything there is to him. The interesting characters are the relentless bitch of a producer and the foul-mouthed starlet, nicely portrayed by Cyia Batten and Kaley Cuoco. They're not exactly Shakespearean in their complexity, but they have strong personalities and understandable agendas. Pretty much everyone else in the cast is just waiting around to get killed. I supposed you can give writer/director Jeff Fisher some credit for coming up with at least two intriguing characters. Not much credit, though, because he does nothing at all of interest with either of them.
I also couldn't stand the editing of Killer Movie and a film's editing has got to be really atrocious for me to even notice it, let alone be annoyed by it. The persistent and superfluous use of establishing shots is what got to me. You know how when scenes change in a movie, the next scene will start with a shot of where it is. A scene on a boat will end and then you'll see a building because the next scene in that building. Well, this film takes that principle to ridiculous lengths. For example, if the next scene is in the local high school, we won't just get a shot of the high school to establish things. No, first there will be a shot of the countryside to, I guess, remind us the story is taking place in North Dakota. Then there will be a shot of the school. Then there will be a shot inside the school, but NOT of where the next scene is taking place. Only after all that will we get to the next scene.
And even though this movie sucks, writer/director Fisher still sticks an open-ended conclusion on it that's so blatant, he's essentially getting down on his hands and knees begging for the chance to make a sequel. It's like going to a restaurant and eating a meal that makes you sick to your stomach, then getting a coupon so you can eat for free on your next visit.
As terrible as Killer Movie is, there are plenty of attractive actresses in the cast and if even some of them had gotten naked, that would have at least been something nice to look at. The essence of slasher movies leans toward crap, which is why nudity is so commonly added to the mix to distract from the overall crumminess of the product. Without it, a slasher movie needs to be especially intelligent and thoughtful just to make it to average. Killer Movie is dumb, shallow and nobody takes off their clothes. Rush right out and watch something else.
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A film crew on location in a small town where a grisly murder took
place, find themselves being bumped off by the maniac who seems to be
none to happy to have a film crew snooping around. Using a variety of
methods, he dispatches them all one by one. When KILLER MOVIE first
starts off, I thought to myself, Yeah I'm going to enjoy this! Since it
opens well, with a bit of atmosphere & a pretty interesting kill & it's
humorous jab at spoiled A list actresses & the tabloids who exploit
them. However after the first ten minutes, the film dragged on & never
really did pick up steam until the final fifteen minutes, which
re-gathers the momentum the beginning had, but does nothing in between
all of this. The main problem with KILLER MOVIE is that it attempts to
be a hip & sassy little thriller like SCREAM, as it pokes fun at
various slasher film plots & executions, but falls flat on it's face in
doing so. I cared nothing for any of the characters, who are all so
annoying that the viewer just can't wait to see them killed off by the
maniac, so we don't have to view them anymore & the constant cutting
away from the actual story to show the cast & crew (of the film being
made) talking to the camera got annoying & brought this film down to
nothing more than a boring tedious & suspensless mess. Despite the odd
splash of blood on the walls & weapons, KILLER MOVIE has no true gory
kills to satisfy gore hounds either, since it mostly cuts away from the
action before it can happen & the disheveled directing does not help
the film. The ending leaves a set up for a sequel, though I can't say
I'd be to interested in seeing it. Similar in plot & execution to
CUTTING CLASS & RETURN TO HORROR HIGH, but is just as lame as they
were. Not the worst film I ever seen, still that's nothing to brag
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A very up and down movie. A nut case is running around killing who knows who for who knows why. A Hollywood film crew is in town supposedly to film the once in a life time run to the state championship for the hockey team. In actuality is that they are there to try and get a story about the killer, kind of, maybe, sorta. The killings go on and on as the plot has them going about by their selves. Only in low budget horror films like this send the actors off by themselves to die. Turns out the killer is a love lorn nut case who is in love with Cuoco's character. He is finally shot by one of the film crew and gets put in a body bag by the cops. I guess in looking for a possible sequel set up the bag turns up empty with a bullet proof vest thrown on the ground. I sure hope a sequel is out of the question.
The plot = A TV crew set out to make a documentary about a small town
hockey team in a small town, but almost as soon as they arrive, people
start getting killed but are written off as accidents and then the
camera crew start to get picked off one by one.
"Killer Movie" has an interesting concept and competently made and could have easily been great if it didn't fall apart too many times. It is watchable but yet it is quite poorly executed, like the death scenes lack any imagination at all and are mostly off screen and generally comes off as an easy-going piece of work that's simply unable to engage the viewer on any real level virtually from start to finish. But the good aspects that I liked are the characters that ultimately save this movie in my opinion like Blanca played by Kaley Cuoco, okay her performance wasn't perfect but she was the best thing about this movie, and the fact that I'm a big fan of Kaley I loved her in The Big Bang Theory, In this she plays a bitchy Paris Hilton type and unlikely final girl. Paul Wesley the male lead I found him likable and engaging and one of the more interesting characters in this movie and Al Santos who plays the camera man was also fun and likable.
All in all Killer Movie is fun with some witty dialogue with some interesting stalking scenes, but as a whole this movie is quite forgettable.
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