by Del Harvey
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Killer Movie is an intriguing mixture of horror and tongue-in-cheek black comedy. It can be difficult to pull that off, but Killer Movie manages to pull it off… most of the time. I found this film to be quite funny at times, and really quite creepy at others - but I also was surprised to find that I didn’t mind this combination.
A big part of that is because of the acting, which was very good. The characters were each uniquely interesting and multifaceted. The script provided some witty and fresh dialogue, with one character’s one-liners standing out, more notably than any other. In spite of the humorous elements, there is never a moment’s doubt that what you’re watching is a horror film.
For horror fans, the gory details are horrifying and the murders manage to be creative and original. I’m not one of those gore fans who likes to describe specifically how someone is killed, but take my word for it, you won’t be disappointed.
On the whole, found Killer Movie to be an intelligent and witty mix of horror and satire. It has a movie within a movie. The interior film is a dark and cuttingly humorous insider’s take on the world of reality TV. This should come as no surprise since Killer Movie was written and directed by Jeff Fisher, whose day job is as a reality TV director. Although the horror is frighteningly true to the genre, the humor also rings true, in large part because the reality TV material is based upon the director’s real life reality TV experiences.
Bottom line, Killer Movie offers wicked, cutting edge, and deliciously twisted horror-dark comedy that is a truly refreshing departure from all those horror movie cliches that have already been overdone. I recommend this film to fans of horror and comedy both.
Del Harvey is the founder of Film Monthly, a film teacher, a writer and a film critic in Chicago.
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