By Dave B.
I Am Not a Serial Killer (2016, currently on Netflix) follows bullied high school student John Wayne Cleaver (Max Records) as he struggles to resist his budding psychopathy. His self-control is put to the test when a series of gruesome killings in his small Midwestern town forces him to use his murderous instincts to track a killer the likes of which the world has never seen and puts his own sanity into question.
I thought I knew what I was getting into when I decided to watch I Am Not a Serial Killer. I was completely wrong. Instead of being primarily a serious slasher/thriller, the movie is a blend of dark comedy, low fantasy, and psychological horror. It’s a combination that seems as if it would tough to pull off, but Serial Killer excels in its execution. Even more than the humor, I was impressed with the movie’s performances. Christopher Lloyd is great, as he often is, but Records plays the role of heroic psychopath to near-perfection. It can’t be easy for any actor to make a audiences empathize with a character who is incapable of much empathy, but Records manages it. Kudos to him.
The body count and general gruesomeness of this film means that it won’t be to everyone’s taste. And at 104 minutes, it occasionally feels a touch long, particularly near the middle of the movie. But I really enjoyed the combination of its down-to-earth tone and seemingly supernatural elements. Add in the great cast and solid script, and I’m definitely recommending I Am Not a Serial Killer, particularly for viewers who are interested in seeing something unique and who aren’t squeamish.
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