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I Am Not a Serial Killer (2016)

Not Rated | | Drama, Horror, Thriller | 26 August 2016 (USA)
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In a small Midwestern town, a troubled teen with homicidal tendencies must hunt down and destroy a supernatural killer while keeping his own inner demons at bay.


Billy O'Brien
10 wins & 6 nominations. See more awards »





Cast overview, first billed only:
Max Records ... John Wayne Cleaver
Christopher Lloyd ... Mr. Crowley
Laura Fraser ... April Cleaver
Christina Baldwin Christina Baldwin ... Aunt Margaret
Karl Geary ... Dr. Neblin
Dee Noah Dee Noah ... Kay Crowley
Lucy Lawton Lucy Lawton ... Brooke Watson (as Lucile Lawton)
Anna Sundberg Anna Sundberg ... Lauren Bacall Cleaver
Raymond Brandstrom Raymond Brandstrom ... Max
Michael Paul Levin ... Max's Dad
Vincent Risso Vincent Risso ... Rob Anders
Tony Papenfuss Tony Papenfuss ... Ron the Coroner
Matt Roy ... Drifter
James Gaulke ... Principal Layton (as Jim Gaulke)
Tim Russell ... Greg Olsen the Barber


In a small Midwestern town, a troubled teen with homicidal tendencies must hunt down and destroy a supernatural killer while keeping his own inner demons at bay.

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


This is a story about a boy who can't love, fighting a monster who kills for love. See more »


Drama | Horror | Thriller


Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Ireland | UK | USA



Release Date:

26 August 2016 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Ben Katil Degilim See more »

Filming Locations:

Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA See more »


Box Office


€1,254,470 (estimated)
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Technical Specs




Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Did You Know?


John Cleaver is a vegetarian in the source novels, as is his on-screen counterpart Max Records. See more »


Crowley can be seen carrying a landing net, which would not be used for ice fishing. See more »


Principal Layton: 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.
April: 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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Features The Order: 1886 (2015) See more »


(Nuke'em/Lemon Tea/Abnormal/Pie)
Performed by Combo Zombo
Courtesy of Matchbox Classics Records
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26 August 2016 | by begobSee all my reviews

Obsessed with a spate of bloody murders in his hometown, a disturbed teen begins to stalk his elderly neighbour.

Mostly a tale of alienation in a decaying society, but with a light hearted touch. The hero is presented in the unusual scenario of a family that runs the local mortuary, and there's some nice gore on the dissecting table as the vascular pump ticks away in the background. Also sets up a nice sight gag for the credits music at the end.

It's well shot and paced, but only picked up for me at about the half hour mark, when the horror element was introduced. At about 54 mins there is a well thought out and skillful jump scare. But the tone never gets heavy, so this is horror lite. Maybe they should have gone full horror once the ambiguity over the killer's identity was cleared up. Instead we had to wait for some over cooked CGI at the very end.

Lead actor is very good, and the villain too - though some of his lines were obscured by the aged voice. There are too many characters, some of whom seem significant but don't matter to the story or only appear in scenes that could have been cut - mostly the high school stuff. So the screenplay is not the tightest.

Music is interesting, applied with a light touch. A bit of poetry too.

Overall, whimsical horror that needed a heart transplant somewhere along the way.

ps. Interesting to see US-Irish collaboration.

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