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How to Be a Serial Killer (2008)

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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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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Dameon Clarke ... Mike Wilson
Matthew Gray Gubler ... Bart
Laura Regan ... Abigail
George Wyner ... Dr. Goldberg
Mary Jo Catlett ... Mother Wilson
Gonzalo Menendez ... Officer Chavez
Shadoe Stevens ... Narrator (voice)
Ryan Smith ... Thug #1 (as Ryan K. Smith)
Ari Welkom ... Officer Garcia
Lindsay Stidham ... Young Girl
Mark R. Gerson ... Young Man
Ramon Hilario ... Juan
Douglas Dickerman ... Rob
Gary Wolf ... Johhny the Dick
Cameron Bender ... 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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Comedy | Crime | Horror

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

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

15 November 2008 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Apla mathimata gia epidoxous dolofonous See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$2,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$899, 26 July 2009, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$899, 26 July 2009
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Matador Motion Pictures See more »
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(European Film Market)

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1.78 : 1
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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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Darkly funny mockumentary
11 November 2012 | by Donatien3See 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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