Some Guy Who Kills People (2012)
First off I love the title!! Simple, descriptive, and effective. This movie is indeed about a guy who goes around killing people. But wow there’s so much more going on here. SOME GUY WHO KILLS PEOPLE is written by Ryan A. Levin and is inspired by Levin’s 14 minute short film, THE FIFTH. The writing here is every bit as clever as it was in the short and it was nice to see that Levin could make that leap from a short to a full length feature so effortlessly. But what director Jack Perez (yes, the very same ‘Jack Perez’ who directed MEGA SHARK VS. GIANT OCTOPUS) smartly does is cast some terrific actors that do great jobs in making this story successful. SOME GUY WHO KILLS PEOPLE is a horror-comedy and the best one I’ve seen since TUCKER & DALE VS. EVIL (my review).
As the film opens we join Ken (Kevin Corrigan) as he bolts awake from a recurring nightmare. In the nightmare he’s tied to a chair with tape over his mouth being tormented by a group of guys. Ken arrives at work late (again) where he boss is pissed off (again) and his buddy Irv (Leo Fitzpatrick) is there to cover for him (again). Ken, it seems, has just recently been released from the local nut farm where he spent a few years after he tried to kill himself. But it seems the prolonged stay in the looney bin did Ken some good. He’s calm, stoic, introverted, and intelligent. He’s constructed a thick shell around himself and doesn’t let anyone in — not even those closest to him like Irv and his nightmarish passive-aggressive mom Ruth (played beautifully by horror icon Karen Black).
Ken has a shitty job at the local ice cream shop where he’s forced to dress up like a giant ice cream cone and work catering jobs and pass out flyers on the street. One day in a random, chance encounter Ken bumps into a girl on the street who he later discovers is his eleven year old daughter, Amy (Ariel Gade). But Ken wants to make a change in his life and he really wants to make an effort into trying to connect with his daughter. Ken seems to be on a roll and shortly after “meeting” his daughter meets Stephanie (Lucy Davis) at one of the catering jobs he’s working.
Amy hasn’t been getting along with her mom lately so she decides to pack up and move in with her dad … on a whim … without letting Ken know about it. Now Ken’s world is turned upside down as he tries to adjust to having an eleven year old daughter living in his house who he essentially knows nothing about. But Ken also has an active night life where he’s taken it upon himself to kill those people from his past who he believed ruined his life. Is it the same people who haunts his dreams? Did they indeed ruin his life or has Ken constructed this fantasy world in order to blame someone for his shitty life?
SOME GUY WHO KILLS PEOPLE is a hugely fun and pretty kick ass flick. The dialogue is quick and witty and cleverly hilarious. Writer Levin doesn’t construct silly situations to create the funny moments. All the comedy is completely organic in the film. SOME GUY WHO KILLS PEOPLE takes place in a small town and the sheriff, Sheriff Fuller (Barry Bostwick) and his deputy Ernie (Eric Price) are brilliantly written and provide some of the biggest laughs in the film. They aren’t, though, bumbling small-time cops who resort to slapstick and low-brow humor. Their characters are aware that there’s a serial killer in their small town and that they’re extremely ill-equipped to deal with such a crime. They try so hard to figure out what’s going on but they mostly come up empty handed until Sheriff Fuller stumbles upon some important evidence. Fuller and Ernie are extremely well-written characters and Barry Bostwick pretty much steals the show here with his deadpan delivery.
Beyond Bostwick, the entire cast does a great job here and Kevin Corrigan (Ken) plays his role beautifully. Corrigan is perfect playing a guy who’s not just beaten down by life and unhappy with the direction his life has taken, but he also expertly plays a man who doesn’t really fit in anywhere … especially in his own skin. Corrigan is simply brilliant in this role.
Levin also manages to do something I never thought would be possible: Levin has written a horror-dramedy. What’s a “horror-dramedy,” you ask? Well the horror aspect of SOME GUY WHO KILLS PEOPLE is pretty obvious. A serial killer is stalking and killing in extremely graphic and bloody ways various men in town. But the ‘dramedy’ part of this film is interesting. Levin has written a heart-warming story of a psychologically damaged man who’s life hasn’t really turned out as he expected and who’s constructed a wall around himself in order to further shield himself against the outside world. But in a world he can no longer connect with, he discovers there’s one final connection that he just can’t abandon — his eleven year old daughter. So we watch as these two slowly bond and connect amidst his nightly killing sprees. I know; it sounds bizarre and a very unlikely combination, but it works. It works well!! Director Perez keeps everything moving along and he really surprised me here. For the last couple of years Perez has been a director of films for The Asylum. Yeah; I know. But this guy’s got some great directing chops and knows how to make a great film, and SOME GUY WHO KILLS PEOPLE proves that.
The final act feels as though it drags in some places, but it soon became apparent that Levin and Perez had something up their sleeves. They throw in a twist that I didn’t see coming … and it works. The ending gets a little dark and ‘heavy’ (which was a nice touch), but the ending is completely satisfying.
I really loved SOME GUY WHO KILLS PEOPLE. The writing and acting are spot on and there’s a really fun energy to the entire film. This is the way a great horror-comedy (sorry … horror-dramedy) should be!!
Director: Jack Perez
Plot: 5 out of 5 stars
Gore: 5 out of 10 skulls
Zombie Mayhem: 0 out of 5 brains
Reviewed by Scott Shoyer