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Killer Movie (DVD)

Killer Movie on DVD (click for larger image)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 on DVD (click for larger image)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.

Special Features:

  • Behind-the-Scenes of Killer Movie featurette
  • Photo gallery
  • Trailer
  • Digital copy

    Film:

    3 1/2 out of 5

    Special Features:

    2 1/2 out of 5

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  • Steve Barton

    You're such an inspiration for the ways that I will never, ever choose to be.

    • The Woman In Black

      Maybe it was just my mood, but I thought it played a little better than Creepy’s review indicates, mostly because the acting was so good and the humor was fairly restrained. Plus, you never knew who was going to get killed next, and the script did a good job of addressing every question I had almost immediately after I asked it in my head. My main problem was that after a certain point it was totally obvious who the killer was, but it didn’t detract from the fun too much. I’d probably give it a 4/5.