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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 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

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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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Runtime:

(European Film Market)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Goofs

Charles Manson is not a serial killer in that he never personally killed anyone; he only ordered the killings. See more »

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References Hitch (2005) See more »

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I think I Laughed Once
1 August 2014 | by ikraniSee all my reviews

I don't even remember when I laughed. That is not a good sign when the good jokes aren't even memorable.

Now, understand that I have nothing against this movie's premise. A comedy about a serial killer could've worked, as could a movie analyzing a serial killer's delusion about himself and what he does. However, this movie tries to be both. As such, it was impossible for me to take the serious bits seriously due to the attempts at comedy and the comedic bits aren't exaggerated enough for me NOT to take them seriously. If you want to be comedic, be comedic. If you want to be serious, be serious. Don't try to meet halfway. The only point where I started taking the film completely seriously was at the end during the climax, and even then I didn't like what I was seeing.

While I held high hopes for this movie at the beginning thanks to its title, those hopes were quickly dashed when we were introduced to our resident serial killer, Mike. Now, nothing against the actor, but in a comedy with as dark a subject matter as this, there is no place for people. And that's my main problem with Mike: the film tries too hard to portray him as a normal person while forgetting that comedy comes from the abnormal, the twisted, and the weird. Mike wasn't any of those things. He was just "normal", and as such, the movie's attempts to portray his character comically fall flat. Then again, maybe I was supposed to take them seriously, but because of the unclear tone the movie had I was unsure whether I was supposed to laugh or be horrified. Most of the time I was horrified.

Despite that, while I might not have liked this movie, I let it keep two additional stars on the merit of its premise and the fact that while the problems in this movie are big ones, they're hardly rage-inducing.

And please, if you're going to make a movie about a serial killer, go full-bore. Don't try to meet the two ends of the spectrum halfway.


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