Reviewed by

Christopher Armstead

As the film ‘KillerKiller’ opens in typical slasher fashion, a teenage girl is talking on the phone while babysitting some youths all the while being stalked by some unseen dude in a mask. Eventually, as teenaged girls who babysit often do, she feels dirty and needs to take a shower providing the perfect opportunity for our knife wielding, mask sporting maniac to do what knife wielding mask sporting maniacs do to showering teenaged girls. This time however things don’t work out the way it usually does which leads us into our film.

In a high security psychiatric ward housing crazed serial killers, one day they all wake up to find their doors unlocked, no security guards or hospital staff nearby, and the doors exiting the building wide open. Seems like the perfect opportunity for this group of murderous lunatics to exit the premises but there is a weird mist surrounding the building which does give the loons some pause before venturing outside. Lawrence (Dutch Dore Boize) is like later for that and decides to venture out anyway only to find that whatever that mist is, it is safer to wait it out inside the asylum until it lifts. So our happy group of seven or eight killers are pissed off wondering what the hell is going on when one of them just drops dead practically right in front of them in a bloody mess. Naturally this is a bit unsettling and this gets our killers to accusing each other of somehow pulling of this deed, though if it were one of them he would have to be moving at beyond the speed of light to have pulled this off.

What these cats don’t know yet is that there is a pretty blonde with red bloodshot eyes who is invading their thoughts and feeding there sick desires assuming the role of however they chose to destroy their victims, and then turning the tables on them and using their own methods in their own untimely demise. Though this is happening in the minds of her victims over a period of time, outside of their minds their deaths are

appearing as bloody and instantaneous. There is one inmate, Rosebrook (Cy Henty), who seems to know what’s going on, and he also swears that he is completely innocent of the crimes that he is accused of, but this isn’t doing the rest of the inmates any good as Helle (Danielle Law), as she will become to be known, goes about her business of ridding the world of this menace one by one, with nothing or no one seemingly able to stop her.

This little film out of the United Kingdom, written and directed by Pat Higgins had one of the better concepts for a horror movie I’ve seen in some time, it’s just that the execution of this concept left a little to be desired. Aside from the concept of crazed killers being trapped in their own reverse slasher film, being hunted by their usual victim no less, Higgins is also working with a very decent cast led by the charismatic Dutch Dore-Boize who does a fine job as the defacto leader of the group supplying his character with just the right amount of real world common sense, yet still seeming very capable of being an out of control serial killer. Henty also does good work as the grounded member of the group who we might actually believe really might be innocent, but then they all say that don’t they? Truly the strength of ‘KillerKiller’ was its cast as the majority of the actors came off as accomplished and professional.

Unfortunately ‘KillerKiller’ had difficulty rising above its low budget roots with possibly the main problem that I had with the movie was the inconsistent sound and the fact that I had difficulty understanding a lot of what the characters were saying at times, particularly Dore-Boize because of his heavier accent, forcing me to really concentrate and rewind on a couple of occasions to try to make out what was being said. Also, considering the limited locations options, there was a lot of time spent between our actors just talking and oft times what they were saying wasn’t all that interesting or compelling which created some long lulls in the film, making it feel longer than its relatively brief running time would indicate. There were also times that the camera was probably too static which also added to sense of boredom and considering the white walls, white clothes and white people the film often had an unflattering overexposed look to it.

Pat Higgins had some solid ideas behind his movie and he certainly casted it well but the sound and video issues ultimately betrayed a film that probably would have been much better were the director given just a few more resources to work with. Of course when watching a movie we could care less how much or how little the budget of a movie was, just whether or not we were entertained, and despite its glaring flaws of which there were many, I must say that in the final wash I did find ‘KillerKiller’ entertaining on a number of levels.

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