ABC Film Challenge – Horror – I – I Am Not a Serial Killer (2016)

Director: Billy O’Brien

Writer: Billy O’Brien, Christopher Hyde (Screenplay) Dan Wells (Novel)

Starring: Max Records, Christopher Lloyd, Laura Fraser, Christina Baldwin, Karl Geary, Dee Noah

 

Plot: In a small Midwestern town, a troubled teen with homicidal tendencies must hunt down and destroy a supernatural killer whilst keeping his own inner demons at bay.

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Chilling Horror Drama

 

Story: I Am Not a Serial Killer starts as we meet high school student and son of a coroner John Cleaver (Records) who does help with mother April’s (Fraser) work, but John is a troubled young man having being diagnosed as a psychopath by his doctor Neblin (Geary).

When his small town starts having a serial killer active and the bodies start adding up. When Max discovers who the killer is Mr Crowley (Lloyd) he starts to learn that not everything is as simple as him being a serial killer and the two end up getting involved in a game of cat and mouse.

 

Thoughts on I Am Not a Serial Killer

 

Characters – John Wayne Cleave is the young man with a troubled mind, he has been diagnosed as a psychopath but he isn’t going to give into his homicidal thoughts but when he learns about a serial killer he sets out to try and stop him. Mr Crowley is the serial killer in question, an old man from the neighbourhood who doesn’t look like he could overpower anyone but there is something different about him. April is John’s mother that also is the town’s coroner which gives John an understand of human anatomy.

PerformanceMax Records gives us a wonderful performance in the leading role for an actor so young and who has been away from the business for about five years. Christopher Lloyd gives us a chilling performance and one you wouldn’t have put him down for after his comedic turns through the years. Laura Fraser is good but doesn’t get too much time to do too much.

StoryThe story of a young man discovering a serial killer and trying to stay ahead of them has been seen before but this film takes things in a new direction as the young man is battling to stop his homicidal ways. The idea is smart and doesn’t go at a fast pace instead keeps us wanting to see where it will all unfold and just what is the killers secret.

Horror/ThrillerWe have a serial killer but not like one you would expect here, we have one that will kill in ways you wouldn’t expect their body to be able to, which does keep us on edge as we wait to see what will happen next.

SettingsThe small-town setting helps this film because it shows that not everyone you think you will know is just who they thought they would be.

Special EffectsThe effects are great, with most being from a distant until the final parts which look fantastic up close and personal.

Scene of the Movie – Discovering the truth.

That Moment That Annoyed Me Can be slow in places.

Final ThoughtsThis is a smart take on a serial killer/creature movie that does keep us guessing along the way and does have a dark and rewarding conclusion.

 

Overall: One for the horror fans

Rating

 

 

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Mimic: Sentinel (2003)

logoDirector: J.T. Petty

Writer: J.T. Petty (Screenplay) Donald A Wollheim (Short Story)

Starring: Lance Henriksen, Karl Geary, Alexis Dziena, Keith Robinson, Tudeorel Filmon, Rebecca Mader

 

Plot: A man enclosed in a plastic bubble, his sister, and their best friend must defend an apartment complex from the mutant Judas Breed insects.

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Franchise Killer

 

Story: Mimic: Sentinel starts with the creature returning and lurking around a block of flats where it has been feeding but one man has been watching it from his apartment. Marvin (Geary) has been watching the whole neighbourhood and along with his much more outgoing sister Rosy (Dziena) claims to have found a dead body. Marvin has been watching a mysterious garbageman who may have something to do with a missing child.

Marvin has taken a shine to a new member of the neighbourhood Carman (Mader) who his sister brings over to his apartment where he tries to stay away from the world because of his alleges. When Carmen joins in watching the neighbourhood the three start to notice something strange with the garbageman including witnessing the death of drug dealer Desmond. When the three start to investigate the garbageman they discover he has been working on something involving the creatures and plans to stop them and they agree to help.

Mimic: Sentinel manages to keep the story related without using any of the original characters instead it targets the idea of a victim after what has happened. The film takes a lot of its ideas from ‘Rear Window’ and even talks about how similar it actually is to it. The story is very short which is one of the biggest negatives and the fact we don’t get too see as much of the creatures as we are used to doesn’t help. In the end this tries to move the story along further by showing the creatures trying to become part of the world but really moves nicely before just flash bang wallop ending ruins things. (4/10)

 

Actor Review

 

Lance Henriksen: Garbageman an expert on the Judas Breed who has secretly been watching them wait for his chance to expose what is happening. Lance makes his trademark appearance in horror films that have gone on too long without make too much an impact. (4/10)

 

Karl Geary: Marvin Montrose one of the few survives of the original disease but with the disease he has ended up with alleges to the world, Marvin keeps himself in his room watching over the neighbourhood with his camera and witnesses what looks like a murder only for it to end up being one of the creatures hunting. Karl makes for an interesting character but never really shines to the levels he could. (5/10)

 

Alexis Dziena: Rosy Montrose sister to Marvin, who goes outside the house for him to develop his photos as well as having a drug habit, she is the bubbly sister who meets the neighbours so Marvin can put a name to the photos. Alexis does a solid job but ends up just becoming background because of the length of the film. (5/10)

 

Rebecca Mader: Carman newest neighbour that Marvin has taken a shine to, she becomes involved with his ideas and wants to help find out what is happening in the neighbourhood. Rebecca does a solid job but never really makes an impact either. (5/10)

 

Support Cast: Mimic: Sentinel has a supporting cast that includes the rest of the resident of the neighbourhood most become victims while others just show much Marvin knows about them.

 

Director Review: J.T. Petty – Petty does try to change the main story but struggles to capture any of the real enjoyment from the first two films. (4/10)

 

Horror: Mimic: Sentinel makes most of the horror quick and never makes the characters feel truly trapped in the situation. (4/10)

Sci-Fi: Mimic: Sentinel shows the evolution continuing within the Judas Breed. (7/10)

Thriller: Mimic: Sentinel doesn’t manage to pull you as much as the other two but does keep you interested. (6/10)

Settings: Mimic: Sentinel tries to move the settings outwards but in the end it loses it’s isolated and trapped ideas we are used to seeing. (5/10)
Special Effects
: Mimic: Sentinel seems to have the same level of CGI the previous 2 did have without using it as much. (4/10)

Suggestion: Mimic: Sentinel if you liked the first two finish of the trilogy otherwise just avoid this one. (Franchise Fans Watch)

 

Best Part: We get to see a victim of the disease being the main character.

Worst Part: Way too short.

 

Believability: No (0/10)

Chances of Tears: No (0/10)

Chances of Sequel: No

Post Credits Scene: No

 

Oscar Chances: No

Runtime: 1 Hour 17 Minutes

Tagline: Terror has been reinvented!

 

Overall: Mimic Sentinel really was the final part of a franchise that ran its course without any real punch, scares and gore the film could end up going towards.

Rating 50