ATM fairly quick. I got most of it done Sunday night, and finished it up yesterday when I got home from work. After that I decided to watch Some Guy Who Kills People (2011), the last film I got from Netflix last year. Unlike the other films I recently reviewed here though, I didn't have this one for months on end. I got it right at the end of the year, so I did much better at getting around to it this time around.
Ken (Kevin Corrigan) is trying to get his life back. After spending time in a mental hospital, he is now living with his mom (Karen Black) and working in an ice cream parlor. Ken often thinks of or dreams of some guys who beat him up pretty bad. A guy who loves to draw, he often draws taking revenge on these guys in different ways. We also meet 11 year old Amy (Ariel Gade). As we eventually find out, Ken is Amy's dad. While he knew of her, he has never been in her life until now. Ken, and even his mother, don't really know how to handle this. Irv (Leo Fitzpatrick), who works with Ken and has known him a long time, tries to get Ken to step up and be a dad to Amy. Meanwhile, Sheriff Fuller (Barry Bostwick) and his Deputy (Eric Price) are trying to solve some murders, who happen to be the same people Ken wants revenge against.
First off I need to say that I know my title for this post isn't all that great. I was just trying to think of some way to play off the title of the movie, and this was the best I could come up with. Anyway, while Some Guy Who Kills People has a large list of reviews on IMDb, the only one I could find was from my list was from The Horror Section. If you aren't reading his stuff, you should be! I'm surprised more people, in my circle of blogs that I read at least, aren't talking about this movie. While Some Guy Who Kills People isn't a true horror film, it gets it fairly close with the killings that are found. I don't really want to call this one a drama either though. The main focus is on Ken and Amy, and they work very well off each other. Amy was a wonderful character who talks a lot and doesn't give up until she gets Ken out of the walls he has built up around himself.
On the other side of it, sort of, is the character of Sheriff Fuller. He adds a lot of black comedy to the film. Not that there aren't any funny moments between Ken and Amy, just that Fuller adds much more of it. Since Fuller is dating Ken's mom, you can see where that plot is going a little bit. There really wasn't anything that made me laugh out loud, but I still enjoyed the comedy that is there. The only real problem I had with Some Guy Who Kills People was with how the killings are explained. It isn't something that completely turned me off the film though. It isn't a bad way of explaining it, but it does require you to accept some coincidences as to some of the characters.
The effects are actually really good. Only one scene is on the gory side though. While we see blood getting sprayed more than once, a lot of blood really, there is one shot where someone loses a hand and their head. For a film that is more of a comedy than anything, it doesn't skimp too much of effects. It is really the acting that makes this one so much fun to watch though. Barry Bostwick was fun to watch as the seemingly clueless Sheriff. Just some of the things he says, and the way he acts it out, makes his role a lot of fun. Like looking at evidence for a long time and them admitting he has no idea what it means. Kevin Corrigan, despite not saying a whole lot at times, also gives a great performance. Karen Black wasn't in the film a lot, but just enough to add her talents as well. The real gem though was Ariel Gade. She was also in Dark Water, which I just barely remember her in. She has grown up since then, and is a bit older than her character's age. It was just me who thought she was the best actor, there are many others as well.
Writer Ryan A. Levin and director Jack Perez give us a very good story here. It really gets one thinking. Not just about allowing yourself to let the past be in the past, but also wondering what one would do if a kid suddenly shows up in your life. Sadly, Some Guy Who Kills People is not yet on instant watch. Hopefully it will be some day though. Until that day though, I highly suggest that you find a way to rent this one if you haven't watched it already. Once I get some extra money, it is one that I will be adding to my collection. Hopefully you will love it just as much as I did.
4 out of 5 Why couldn't my dad been a serial killer? Never mind, stupid question.
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