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A serial killer decides to teach the secrets of his satisfying career to a video store clerk.

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Mike Wilson
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Bart
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Abigail
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Dr. Goldberg
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Mother Wilson
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Thug (as Ryan K. Smith)
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Rob
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Johhny the Dick
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Zach
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A serial killer decides to teach the secrets of his satisfying career to a video store clerk.

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$2,000,000 (estimated)

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$899 (USA) (24 July 2009)

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$899 (USA) (24 July 2009)
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Mike and Bart are sitting in the car preparing for their next action. Mike wants to put a camera on his head and he flaps down the sun visor to see himself in the mirror. But he gets distracted by telling Bart some trivia about the camera. After that there is a cut in cinematography and he flaps the sun visor down again. See more »

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Ladies and gentlemen, better your life through serial murder!
14 March 2014 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

For the most part, "How to Be a Serial Killer" is a sharp, charming, and very funny combination of satire and dark comedy. It's so engagingly performed that one is willing to go along for the ride. Granted, towards the end it actually starts to become more conventional and predictable, but getting there is still a good deal of fun. It never gets that gory, so the less squeamish in the audience shouldn't be squirming too much. What's great about it is how completely our lead character believes in himself and his methodology; the movie is at its brightest when it's making fun of the business of motivational speaking and our merry murderer is offering all manner of lessons in the fine art of serial killing. The filmmaking is overall fairly slick and the kills are done in a rather stylized way.

The movie is a solid vehicle for prolific working actor Dameon Clarke, who's done a great deal of voice-over work for video games. He delivers a charismatic, confident performance as Mike Wilson, who wishes to impart his wisdom to a young apprentice, whom he's decided will be meek video store employee Bart (Matthew Gray Gubler of 'Criminal Minds'). Mike teaches Bart everything that he knows, from victim selection to body disposal - not to mention trying to keep a loved one, in this case Mikes' girlfriend Abigail (Laura Regan, "Dead Silence") - in the dark for as long as possible. Their scenes are intercut with those of a psychologist, Dr. Goldberg (veteran comedy character actor George Wyner of "Spaceballs") educating us on the nature of serial murderers.

This is spirited, high-energy entertainment with a rather profound wrap-up, which shows that there is more going on here than just the comedy quotient. Clarke and the likable Gubler work well together and the story has enough pacing and cleverness going for it to make it worth recommending to others.

Eight out of 10.


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