A psychological thriller about a man who bumps into an old crush and subsequently becomes obsessed with her, leading him to hold her captive underneath the animal shelter where he works. ... See full summary »
Based off the young adult novel series of the same name See more »
Crowley can be seen carrying a landing net, which would not be used for ice fishing. See more »
Adolescent can be a difficult time. It's normal to be drawn to death and murder, but you can go too far down that road, too far away from normal.
What do you say John?
John Wayne Cleaver:
I'm interested in how many times you felt it was necessary to say the word normal
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I Am Not a Serial Killer counts with two very ingenious "hooks" which distinguish it from other modest films about serial killers. But I can only reveal one of those hooks, because the other one was a genuine and very pleasant surprise which I would never ruin. The main character of I Am Not a Serial Killer lives worried because his psychological profile matches the one of a serial killer. When he was a kid, he fulfilled with three basic requirements: pyromania, wetting the bed and cruelty with animals; but now, he receives therapeutic treatment in order to control his aggressive impulses and avoid the next step into physical violence. That unusual situation is translated into a melancholic main character tortured by the fear to give in to his deadly instincts... something which also places him into a unique position when there start to occur murders in his town. Might his tendencies allow him to bring "citizen justice"? On the other hand, his lack of empathy might make him indifferent to human suffering. As a portrait of a psychopath, I Am Not a Serial Killer doesn't reach the height of Nightcrawler, but it comes close. I Am Not a Serial Killer reminded me a bit of the films directed by David Lynch in which the corruption and dark secrets behind the picturesque facade of a small town are explored. The analytical style of the narrative, the cold wintry settings and the eccentric people surrounding the main character are as important as the young man's internal turbulence, and they enrich the movie with small, but not less significant because of that, details. And when the second "hook" comes up, the screenplay makes an abrupt switch which changes our perspective of the killer, and it makes the main character's sociopath tendencies more valuable... even though that might not be enough to save his life or the one of the people he cares about; it's true that he doesn't have traditional emotions, but his conscience is the essential difference distinguishing him from the villain. As for the gore, there are some surprising and very well made scenes supported by a subtle digital manipulation. In conclusion, I enthusiastically recommend I Am Not a Serial Killer because of its visual style, the unexpected twists of the screenplay (based on a novel, something which explains the refined details of the characters and the subversive nature of the mystery) and the excellent performances; all those elements transport us to the disturbing reality of a serial killer who doesn't want to be so. Or maybe two.
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