Reviewed by Uncle Creepy
Starring Paul Wesley, Leighton Meester, Kaley Cuoco, J.C. Chasez, Jason London
Directed by Jeff Fisher
Distributed by Peace Arch Home Entertainment
Director Jeff Fisher has made a career toiling within the reality TV business. He’s worked with just about everyone from the “Real World” fifteen minutes of fame attention whores to Paris Hilton. It’s no wonder he’d want to break away from all that and create something fictitious. He didn’t break too far away, though, as his latest film, Killer Movie, has its roots planted firmly within his past endeavors.
Jake (Wesley) is a young director who accepts a job creating a reality show around an up-and-coming hockey team in a remote Northern town. Everything sounded easy enough on paper until he was informed that a Hilton-esque superstar named Blanca Champion (Cuoco) would be hanging around watching him work as a means of doing research for her next film. As you would expect, her presence sends everyone into a tizzy, and soon the focus of Jake’s show turns from sports to small town gossip and … murder.
Killer Movie is delivered in a strictly tongue-in-cheek fashion with lots of elements from just about every reality show we’ve ever seen. At times it can be extremely funny and near brilliant, but in the end, despite everything that it has going for it, Killer Movie eventually boils down into your standard formulaic faceless killer type slasher flick. Still, if you’re willing to accept all the cliché conventions that the film adheres to, there’s a really good time to be had. The kill quality ranges between just okay and pretty cool, and everyone in the cast from top to bottom gives a worthy performance.
The special features are equally as conventional. We get a thirteen-minute long behind-the-scenes featurette that plays well thanks in part to the likability of the cast, a generic photo gallery, the trailer, and the now becoming standard digital copy of the flick in case you just need to take it with you everywhere.
In the end Killer Movie out-performs other films in the genre that tried to accomplish the same thing (i.e., the chore-to-sit-through that was Brutal Massacre) and as a result comes out a few notches ahead of the usual slasher pack. The film ends with room for a sequel, but it’s doubtful that anybody will be clamoring for it. Check it out for some cheap yet enjoyable thrills.
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