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How to Be a Serial Killer (2008)

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

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

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15 November 2008 (USA)  »

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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 decided to spend a night at Bart's place after he killed his girlfriend. Therefore prepares Bart the couch and puts a linen on it. He also puts the linen on the backrest. Mike lies down without covering himself with the linen. There is a cut in cinematography and after that Mike can be seen covered by the linen. See more »

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Darkly funny mockumentary
11 November 2012 | by (Brisbane, Australia) – See all my reviews

Everyone – at some point - has had fantasies about killing. 'How to Be a Serial Killer' takes that concept and turns into a dark comedy- mockumentary.

Mike Wilson (Dameon Clarke) is a charming man with a loving girlfriend Abigail (Lauren Regan), who is a serial killer on the side. Believing that he's doing good and taking charge of his life, Mike takes Bart (Matthew Gray Gubler), a bored video store worker, under his wing and teaches him the rules of serial killing. This story is framed by documentary-style direct-to-camera addresses by the characters and a motivational seminar – hosted by Mike – on how to become a serial killer.

While this territory has recently been covered by the 'Dexter' TV series and novels, HTBASK has a real dark comic feel: taking the dark fantasies we all have and putting them into action. It doesn't try to glamorise serial killers, instead showing the natural consequences of choosing that lifestyle.For all his charm, Mike comes off as delusional in believing his way is correct. The cut scenes involving Mike's suave seminar presentation acts as a satire of the slick self-help speaker. The one who can manipulate the audience into believing whatever he wants them to. He does this with Bart, and gradually earns his trust.

Overall, HTBASK is a darkly funny look at the reality of being a serial killer seen through the eyes of a criminal.


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