Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Some Guy Who Kills People (2011)

Fear 2/5
Gore 4/5
Entertainment 5/5
Creepiness 2/5
Some Guy Who Kills people is an indie pic that I've been hearing about for awhile now. Festival goers and film critics 'in-the-know' have raved about this very character driven horror comedy. Through the magic of the interwebs (thanks Twitter!) I was able to connect with the film's writer and he obliged with a request for a screener copy. So is the film any good? A resounding 'Hell yes!' from this humble little corner of the blog-o-sphere.

Ken Boyd (Kevin Corrigan) is what many would call a loser. He's a thirty something who's recently been released from the loony bin after a failed attempt at suicide. He's also landed a job at the local ice cream parlor (much to the reluctance of the establishment's owner). To top it all off, Ken is the constant recipient of snide remarks courtesy of his roommate: his mother (played with a bit of relish by Ms. Karen Black). Despite all that, Ken is a pretty talented comic book artist. So what drove this man to want to commit suicide? Years prior, he drew a book which mocked his high school basketball team. The 'perfect' guys at school. They banded together to teach Ken a lesson, taking turns taunting and shaming him in an old abandoned house.

Despite his awkwardness and aversion to really socialize with anyone, Ken continues on, practicing his craft, working at his measly and unappreciative day job and he even catches the eye of a cute blond. However, just when you think he's back to having some sort of semblance of a normal life, we see his drawings and just how violent they are. Is this his way of expressing his emotions or is he the one involved in a series of murders that involve the former members of the local high school basketball team?

To complicate matters further, his young daughter has entered the picture, wanting to meet her real daddy as she's found out that mom has been less than truthful about his history and whereabouts. Ken is at first incredibly awkward and unsure of how to act around her. But he slowly comes around and the two begin to form a bond. There's real heart and warmth here, despite how goofy and awkward Ken is. Despite all of his anxiety, awkwardness and just plain weirdness, the guy is a decent enough man who knows he should be more open to relationships but just doesn't know how to (a funny scene occurs when the daughter has a mock date with him and he doesn't have any clue what to do).

But it's all ready to come crashing down when the body count continues to pile up and Ken finds himself in the wrong place at the wrong time. All these years of being locked up and consumed by his hatred, letting it spill out on the page when he draws, being released and then finally seeing the light of day, is he so consumed by his hate that revenge is now the order of the day? Or is it someone else? Someone closer to him whom no one suspects.

Some Guy Who Kills People is a horror film with a lot of heart. There is a decent amount of gore soaked goodness here for sure. But the real achievement is the rich story and really hilarious, deadpan, gallows humor. I'd be remiss if I didn't mention the performance of the great Barry Bostwick who plays the town's sheriff and love interest of Boyd's mom. He almost steals the show and his one liners are a thing of beauty.

For more information about the film, check out its website: http://someguywhokillspeople.com/index.html
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Cortez the Killer


Chris Hallock said...

This one is definitely on my list. Great write up! Glad to hear the characters didn't take a backseat to the humor and gore.

Strange Kid said...

Haven't heard of this one before, but your write-up really has me hooked Cortez! Sure hope it becomes available on VOD soon.

Planet of Terror said...

@Chris, and that's what makes this film so genius. Don't get me wrong, we all know I appreciate a good, dopey, trope laden but fun slasher every now and then. But it's films like this that are a true breath of fresh air that smack you upside the head and say 'You don't HAVE to play by the rules.' This one endears itself in that way and has very likeable characters to put. And its just so goddamn hilarious without feeling forced or contrived.

@Strange Kid, me too. I can't wait for you guys to check it out.

B-Movie Becky said...

This looks awesome, both from your review and the trailer. I also hadn't heard about this one before your post, so thanks for the introduction!

Horror comedies with good characters...like candy. :)