I Am Not a Serial Killer

12/02/2017 11:11

Film: I Am Not a Serial Killer

Year: 2016

Director: Billy O’Brien

Writer: Billy O’Brien and Christopher Hyde

Starring: Max Records, Christopher Lloyd and Laura Fraser

 

Review:

This film starts with an investigation into a murder. We see it from a distance, as the body is being put into the ambulance. Organs fall out on to the ground. The vehicle leaves and we see a boy on a bicycle looking at the crime scene. Two cops get into their car and pull up to him. The teen is played by Max Records. They ask him what he thinks and he gives them a funny response that they agree with.

We then see the boy ride his bike home where he lives with his mother, played by Laura Fraser, and his sister, played by Anna Sundberg. Fraser runs funeral home that prepares the bodies. She does this with her sister, played by Christina Baldwin. Records helps out and he is very curious. He makes a remark about the murders and how it is good for business.

Living across the street from him is an elderly couple. The man is played by Christopher Lloyd. His wife is played by Dee Noah. Records goes over there to help out with things.

Records has issues though where he has to see a therapist. His doctor is played by Karl Geary. Records is diagnosed with being a sociopath and he has to do things that prevent him from hurting people, because he really doesn’t see the value of those around him.

He doesn’t have many friends and his only one is played by Raymond Barndstrom. We also see Records get called to the principal office for doing a report on the BTK killer. The year before he had written report on Jeffrey Dahmer so the school is starting to be concerned with him for these reasons.

Records does go back to check out the crime scene and finds that there is a black, thick oily substance there. His mother’s business is where the body of the deceased is brought to. It is pointed out by Baldwin that the body is missing a kidney. They aren’t sure if it was removed by the killer or some other reason.

Another murder happens in their town and Records goes to check out the crime scene there. He notices the oily substance again and when that body is brought to his mother’s place, he looks through the organs to see if one is missing. Fraser comes down and catches him, freaking out. Before kicking him out and banning him from seeing the bodies, she shows the body is missing an arm.

Records then decides to make a profile of the killer to try to figure out who it is. He does see this odd man on Halloween walking down an alleyway and decides this guy is a suspect. When he starts to follow him, he makes a grisly discovery of who the killer really is and there is something not quite right about the person.

Who is the killer? What is wrong with them and why are they killing? Can Records solve this case and prove it before it is too late? Or will he blow his cover being as young as he is?

This film I had heard about through some of the horror film podcasts I listen to as it made its rounds through the festivals. I found out that this is based on a series of novels and after seeing this, I’m interested to see what they are about. I thought there was going to be more of a mystery where this kid might be murdering people and not realizing it, but it is much different than that. Records has the factors that would make him a killer, but he is out to control it. It was a surprise to me who the killer was and the creature that it was. I personally wished that it would have been something in the mind of Records, so I wasn’t a big fan of the ending of this film. The film is interesting regardless as we almost have a like a young Dexter aspect except this kid doesn’t want to lose control or actually murder anyone.

Now the acting in this film is really good. Records I thought was great as the teen in this film. He plays the role where I believed he’s a sociopath. I was quite impressed. Lloyd also did a great job. It is crazy his age and how well he is still acting. Fraser was good as the concerned mom. I also did mind Baldwin or the rest of the supporting cast. They all played their roles well, but Records and Lloyd really carry this film to me.

I will then talk about the effects of the film. They are pretty good for the most part. A lot of them are shown at a distance, which I think is a solid choice because they are CGI. There is a point at the ending that is close up and I wasn’t a huge fan of what they decided to do there. It doesn’t look horrible, but it was a twist I didn’t like. The editing of the film I felt was good. This one never seemed to drag to me and the tension builds until the climax. I also thought the score was a pretty good. It doesn’t stand out to me completely, but I do know some scenes it helped to set the mood.

Now with that said, I would recommend seeing this film. It has an interesting main character and seeing what he deals with was good to me. I didn’t care for the ending though. The acting of the film is what carries it though. Records was really good and Lloyd did well also. I thought the use of CGI was good for the most part, except the reveal at the ending. The editing of the film helped to build the necessary tension and the score was solid as well. Now I feel that this film is slightly above average and I think a different twist or ending would have made this much better to me. I still think that this is worth a watch by horror and non-horror fans alike.

 

My Rating: 6 out of 10