Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Some Guy Who Kills People (2011)

Ken's life isn't going the way he planned.  He lives with his mother (who thinks he's a loser), is recently out of a sanitarium after an attempt at suicide, has a daughter that's not a part of his life, and works at an ice cream store where he sometimes has to dress up as an ice cream cone.  Plus he sometimes has flashbacks to his days as a high school mascot, where after making a joke about one of  jock bullies on the team, Ken was kidnapped, tied to a chair, beaten, and threatened with immolation.

When the bullies who tormented him in high school start turning up dead, suspicion starts to lean towards Ken, especially since he's just out of the loony bin and can't account for his whereabouts during the times of the murders.  To complicate matters, the Sheriff is dating Ken's mother and is often at the table for breakfast and dinner.  Plus Ken's an artist whose work consists of mostly violent drawings, which are cartoonish in nature.

I liked this one.  Barry Bostwick is fantastic as the Sheriff, and was my favorite part of the film. He's got some great lines and played it perfect for the laughs.  The other actors also do a great job in their roles.  The dark humor works well, while Ken Corrigan's turn from depressed loner to an awkward father trying to bond with a pre-teen daughter is very effective.  You'd think that wouldn't be a great part of a horror movie, but the characters and writing make it work.

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