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Office Killer (1997)

A mousy office worker accidentally kills one of her coworkers, then proceeds to bump off a few others.

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Cindy Sherman
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Carol Kane ... Dorine Douglas
Molly Ringwald ... Kim Poole
Jeanne Tripplehorn ... Norah Reed
Barbara Sukowa ... Virginia Wingate
Michael Imperioli ... Daniel Birch
David Thornton ... Gary Michaels
Mike Hodge ... Mr. Landau
Alice Drummond ... Carlotta Douglas
Florina Rodov Florina Rodov ... Receptionist
Jason Brill ... Delivery Man
Eddie Malavarca Eddie Malavarca ... Brian the Mailboy
Doug Barron Doug Barron ... Ted
Linda Powell ... Naomi
Albert Macklin Albert Macklin ... Brad
Michelle Hurst ... Kate
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Storyline

When Dorine Douglas' job as proofreader for Constant Consumer Magazine is turned into an at-home position during a downsizing, she doesn't know how to cope, but after accidentally killing one of her co-workers, she discovers that murder can quench the loneliness of her home life, as a macabre office place forms in her basement, populated by dead co-workers. Written by Mike Myers <mmyers@ucsd.edu>

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong violence and gore, and for language | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

3 December 1997 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Kiiktatva See more »

Filming Locations:

Newark, New Jersey, USA

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$37,446, 14 December 1997
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Color:

Color

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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

An early draft of the script featured more violence and gore, but director Cindy Sherman felt the focus should be on what Dorine does with the bodies once she has killed them, not how. See more »

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When Dorine's cats are scratching under the basement door, you can see that a toy is being waved under the door. See more »

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[first lines]
Dorine Douglas: [reading] At Constant Consumer Magazine there is but one constant rule: get the job done. This can be hazardous, however, when the laws of economics effect our workplace and threaten to downsize us. For those of you who cannot keep pace with such changes, be forewarned: you will be terminated.
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Doesn't Quite Work
9 January 2007 | by ApolcoldSee all my reviews

The first question that would come to mind would be whether Carol Kane could play a psycho successfully. And after seeing this film, I would have to say I still don't know because the very tame screenplay didn't allow her to be a well developed psychotic, nor did it allow any other sort of development for any other aspect of this film.

The storyline here is very typical. It involves Carol Kane (with very odd penciled in eyebrows) as an awkwardly mousy, hardworking magazine editor in a drab and depressing looking office building where she gets picked on daily. Then, without any time wasted, the inevitable psycho switch gets flipped and she starts killing off her coworkers.

I know that may sound to most like your typical fun slasher, but in fact, it can't even be considered a slasher. Actually, I really don't know what genre to categorize this film in because it dips it's toes in a couple different sub-genres without ever fully concentrating on any one area, therein lying the problem. The resulting film just doesn't quite work. At the start, it seemed to be heading into satire territory with office politics and such, but quickly falls flat because of a major lack of humor. As it went on, it then seemed I was in for a slasher, but all of the murders take place off screen, giving us no chase sequences, creative deaths or gore. Then I expected it to take a turn into suspense, but was left with no tension or any sort of character development whatsoever, so I never cared for anyone or anything enough to ever get involved in the storyline. The writers just didn't seem to know what they really wanted, which kind of left the final product in limbo. And it's pretty disappointing because the photographer turned director, Cindy Sherman, seemed to have talent and would have benefited greatly if it were a straight up thriller.

So what were we meant to feel during this film? It wasn't smart, funny, thrilling or even bloody. Were we supposed to hate and fear Kane? Or were we supposed to root for her? The whole film felt just as awkward as she looked and felt just as drab and boring as the office building looked, which leaves us with no reason to ever want to visit. I would compare this to later films, such as Love Object and the Willard remake, both of which used the same plot techniques, yet executed them in a much more entertaining fashion. Office Killer isn't a terrible film. I give the director and cast credit for trying. But it's just so lifeless that I can't recommend you wasting your time with it.


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