October Horrorthon 2012 – 14 – “Some Guy Who Kills People”

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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZyBE_aKg858

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It’s hard to know what to expect from a movie called “Some Guy Who Kills People”. I mean, content-wise it seems pretty cut (no pun intended) and dried, but tonally ? I’d heard a lot of good buzz about this flick though, and I was eager to give it a shot.

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The film focuses on Ken, recently released from a mental hospital and looking to get his life back together. He has an 11 year old daughter he’s never met and an axe to grind with his former tormentors. One by one the men who had taunted him are picked off, but is Ken actually the one responsible ?

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The cast is uniformly excellent, anchored by Kevin Corrigan (who looks like a poor mans’ Mark Ruffalo). I’d recognized him from “Superbad”, “Pineapple Express” and “Wake Up Ron Burgandy”, the second “Anchorman” film they’d compiled using extra footage/storylines. Ariel Gade is also excellent as his daughter, as is genre fave Karen Black (House of 1000 Corpses, Burnt Offerings, Trilogy of Terror) as Kens mother and Lucy Davis as Kens love interest (you may remember her as the “Pam” character on the British version of “The Office” as well as “Shaun of the Dead”).

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Make no mistake, this is an extremely enjoyable film. You really feel for Ken and hope he can overcome all of the bullshit in his life. Even as these overgrown bullies are killed, you never root against him. The relationship between him and his daughter seems natural and unforced, a testament to the actors’ efforts.

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I found it interesting how prevalent the bullying storyline was in this film. It seems extra poignant due to recent events and one has to wonder if that was the filmmakers’ attempt. The revelation that Kens daughter is also being bullied was a nice tie-in and really reinforced the hope that things would work out for them.

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It’s strange that this movie doesn’t even have a Wikipedia page. The only reference to it is the fact that it was produced by John Landis, which is certainly noteworthy, but I feel like this one may slip through the cracks due to lack of exposure. It’s a shame really, as this is much better than 75% of the films that DO have links. Go figure.

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As you can tell, I was really taken with this film. I cared about the characters and really dug the semi-lighthearted tone it juggled, mixing comedy, mystery, drama and horror effortlessly. I’ve seen plenty of lesser movies attempt this juggling act, but “Some Guy Who Kills People” really scores.

Highly recommended

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