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Tuesday, March 30, 2010

How to Be a Serial Killer (2008)

HOW TO BE A SERIAL KILLER is the story of Mike Wilson, a charismatic, educated, and articulate young man who has found his life's purpose in exterminating people. Mike is determined to spread his message about the joy of serial killing and recruits a lost soul named Bart to be his pupil. Mike leads Bart through the ethics of serial killing as well as teaching him various lessons in disposing corpses, balancing work and play, methods of killing, and many many more. Mike and Bart's curriculum is interrupted when Mikes girlfriend discovers what's beneath her boyfriend's charming exterior and Mike and Bart must kill their way out of being discovered by the cops.


If you're a fan of Dexter, this movie isn't for you. Yes, it's about a serial killer, but it lacks the character development of Dexter, as well as the interest of a code for the killer (the movie mentions one, but it is barely present). If you're a fan of Dark Comedy, this also isn't for you. The film never quite figures out what it's trying to be - interspersing (supposedly) amusing analysis and "self-help" style monologues with an overarching storyline. Part mockumentary, part serial killer slasher, with comedic parts few and far between, the first 20 minutes will tell you all you need to know on if you like it or not.


Although somewhat enjoyable, this film should not even mention serial killing. Serial killing is a distinct series of actions, different from mass murder or other any other murder for that matter. This movie completely misses the mark on serial killing. Apart from that, its really just your average comedy with a bit of a mockumentary twist that fades in and out. Its very amateurish and looks like just about anybody's first film (only with a huge budget). Overall, I think that Luke Ricci shows some potential to be a mediocre filmmaker in the future but the only things keeping me from giving this film one star are its originality and the acting.


**/*****


2/5 Stars

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