MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Up 254 this week

How to Be a Serial Killer (2008)

5.6
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 5.6/10 from 1,587 users  
Reviews: 10 user | 11 critic

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

Director:

Writer:

Watch Trailer
0Check in
0Share...

Watch Now

From $2.00 on Amazon Instant Video

Editors' Spotlight

Sundance 2015

Watch our IMDb & AIV Sundance Studio Interviews with Keith Simanton

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 25 titles
created 06 Nov 2011
 
a list of 40 titles
created 05 Mar 2013
 
a list of 42 titles
created 25 Sep 2013
 
a list of 42 titles
created 30 Sep 2013
 
a list of 35 titles
created 3 months ago
 

Related Items

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: How to Be a Serial Killer (2008)

How to Be a Serial Killer (2008) on IMDb 5.6/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of How to Be a Serial Killer.

User Polls

2 wins. See more awards »
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  

Odessa is a beautiful girl addicted to the attention and money as an adult film star. William, a lonely mechanic, has a crush on her, and she indulges his fantasy and leads him on. Thinking he can help her find a normal life, he befriends her drug fueled bodyguard, Angry Jack, to get close to her.

Director: Stevie Long
Stars: Brendan Sexton III, Diora Baird, Matthew Gray Gubler
Comedy | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

Raymond has a prestigious MBA, but he can't find work. He can channel the paranormal, but chatting with a cute girl mystifies him. Kicked out of his big city apartment, Raymond returns home... See full summary »

Director: Richard Bates Jr.
Stars: Matthew Gray Gubler, Kat Dennings, Ray Wise
Comedy | Horror | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.3/10 X  

Casey Noland, a high school kid with no direction in life, decides to pursue the serial killing profession. Only problem...he can't bring himself to kill anybody. Will the help of a gothic ... See full summary »

Director: Trace Slobotkin
Stars: Thomas Haden Church, Justin Urich, Lisa Loeb
The Beauty Inside (TV Mini-Series 2012)
Short | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.5/10 X  

The story of "The Beauty Inside" is the story of a guy named Alex who wakes up every day as a different person. He is always the same person on the inside but on the outside he is somebody ... See full summary »

Stars: Topher Grace, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Robert Adler
Excision (2012)
Drama | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

A disturbed and delusional high school student with aspirations of a career in medicine goes to extremes to earn the approval of her controlling mother.

Director: Richard Bates Jr.
Stars: AnnaLynne McCord, Roger Bart, Ariel Winter
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

A young man, much to the chagrin of his father, becomes the new assistant to an illusionist in decline.

Director: Sean McGinly
Stars: Colin Hanks, John Malkovich, Tom Hanks
Short | Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.9/10 X  

This is an adaptation of an essay by New York Times Best Selling essayist David Sedaris. It follows his attempts to teach creative writing at an art institute.

Director: Phil McCarty
Stars: Matthew Gray Gubler, Carla Renata, Charles Michael Davis
Desire II (2014)
Short | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  

A silver screen actress drifts in and out of her character as she longs for the love of her co-star.

Director: Hala Matar
Stars: Matthew Gray Gubler, Lydia Hearst, Joanna Janetakis
Hot Air (2015)

A man fakes his death. At his funeral he discovers he has a son and attempts to find him.

Director: Derek Sieg
Stars: Jere Burns, Matthew Gray Gubler, Schuyler Fisk
Documentary | Short
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.4/10 X  
Director: Matthew Gray Gubler
Stars: Matthew Gray Gubler, Waris Ahluwalia, Douglas Aibel
Short | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.5/10 X  

Because Alex looks different every day, anybody can be him. It could be you.

Stars: Rob Adler, Topher Grace, Matthew Gray Gubler
Short | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 9/10 X  

A socially backward city slicker crosses paths with a psychopathic pig farmer.

Director: Matthew Gray Gubler
Stars: Lira Mathewson, Ryan Pardey
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
...
...
...
...
...
...
Narrator (voice)
...
Thug #1 (as Ryan K. Smith)
...
...
...
...
...
Rob
...
...
Edit

Storyline

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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Genres:

Comedy | Crime | Horror

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for violence, grisly images and language | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Official Sites:

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

15 November 2008 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Apla mathimata gia epidoxous dolofonous  »

Box Office

Budget:

$2,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$899 (USA) (24 July 2009)

Gross:

$899 (USA) (24 July 2009)
 »

Company Credits

Production Co:

 »
Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

(European Film Market)

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Goofs

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 »

Connections

References Along Came Polly (2004) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Black Comedy With Serious Message
7 December 2011 | by (Dallas, Texas) – See all my reviews

Offbeat and mostly satirical, this film gets off to a great start and ends with a bang. But the script has a somewhat weak middle section. With gusto, and dressed mostly in black, cocky motivational speaker Mike Wilson (Dameon Clarke) appears on a dark stage and presents us with his "ten easy lessons" on how to get more out of life by being a serial killer.

A narrator begins the TV infomercial. "Is it hard for you to get up in the morning? ... Well don't despair, because Mike Wilson can help you. Mike's unique formula has helped millions of people ... Since becoming a serial killer, Mike has achieved a level of success ... he never thought possible. And now he's going to share his secrets with you in this amazing life-changing seminar". Marvelous.

The plot alternates between Mike's on-stage lessons and his field experience mentoring a young nerdy-looking video store clerk, Bart (Matthew Gubler). Together, as buddies, they excise a number of people whom they take a disliking to. Trouble is, their victims don't really deserve their fate. I would have preferred people who really measured up: a Wall Street swindler, some crooked politician, a rapist, a CEO whose company products hurt innocent people, for example.

At various points in the plot, a psychiatrist, who talks directly to viewers, imparts some legit background information on serial killers. Which contrasts nicely with Mike's false "perception is reality" creed.

I like this film less for its comedy (though the beginning is funny) than for its originality and thematic depth. Clarke and Gubler are well cast; and their performances are fine. A digital, high-definition camcorder captures the visuals; and with characters occasionally breaking the fourth wall, the film conveys a documentary look and feel.

Most of the film is satirical and meant as black comedy. But in the final few minutes the film turns serious, as it communicates a profound sense of fatalism, by way of an amazingly potent rendition of an old gospel hymn and the stark visuals of a man entrapped by delusion.


4 of 7 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Mr. Brooks. mphillips18
Man bites dog rip-off? Dr_Unsane
released in any other countries? suicide_comando
Matthew Gray Gubler!!! leechrista-1
Matthew as a bad guy!! nicoleryann
not worth watching r_manmdy
Discuss How to Be a Serial Killer (2008) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?