Studio: Anchor Bay Entertainment
Cast: Kevin Corrigan, Barry Bostwick, Karen Black, Leo Fitzpatrick, Ariel Gade, Lucy Davis
Director: Jack Perez
Release Date: July 03, 2012
Rating: R for (strong, bloody violence and language)
Run Time: 01h:37m:41s
“Enjoy your delicious scoop.” - Ken Boyd (Kevin Corrigan)
Despite a horrendous title, and cheesy-looking DVD cover art, a quick read of the plot synopsis and interesting casting has me chomping at the bit to give this flick a look.
Movie Grade: C-
DVD Grade: B+
Kevin Corrigan is far from a household name, and probably doesn’t even jump to the forefront of
casual filmgoers’ collective memories. The more avid, modern film buff, however, is very familiar with Corrigan’s
litany of supporting roles that always add an extra punch to a movie, whether it needs it or not. He’s appeared in
unknown gems like The Last Winter and Big Fan, higher-profile films like Superbad and Pineapple Express, and
has done some excellent TV work, but Corrigan finally gets the meaty, lead role he deserves in the aptly-titled Some
Guy Who Kills People. Unfortunately, the film is as uneven as Corrigan’s career, but certainly none of the fault
for the film’s flaws can fall on the shoulders of this great genre actor.
Ken Boyd (Corrigan) as just been released from a mental institution and is trying to return his life to normalcy while
making ends meet working at an ice cream parlor. He can only keep things so normal, though, as Ken harbors quite
a bit of anger for the individuals who drove him to his psychological incarceration. Strangely, these same
individuals began showing up dead, having been gruesomely murdered one-by-one. At the same time, Ken meets
his estranged daughter, Amy (Ariel Gade), and, as they begin getting closer, his revenge-driven anger begins to
subside. Still, such a burgeoning father-daughter relationship still might not be enough to keep Ken from acting out
on his homicidal tendencies.
There’s a scene early on where a pair of cops reel off some axe-related puns, but, instead of being funny, this scene
grinds things to a halt. The scene is also trying to be funny in a self-aware way, but even that aspect of the joke
fails miserably. A misguided sense of humor isn’t the films main problem, though, as that can be attributed to some
of the worst pacing I’ve seen in a long time. A film like this (with a title like this) is supposed to be fun, quirky, and
inherently fast-paced. Instead, it takes forever for the story to find its footing, and when it does, it’s far too late.
We’re also saddled with one of the worst performances by a child actor in quite some time, as Ariel Gade clearly still
has some learning to do as she becomes an adult actor. She was solid as Jennifer Connelly’s daughter in 2005’s
Dark Water, but she hasn’t worked much since and it shows. Amy should be a critical part of Some Guy Who
Kills People, but Gade’s extremely wooden dialogue delivery and overall awkwardness drags the film down.
The majority of the rest of the cast here is very good, but some of the performers take an over-the-top approach to
their hokey characters, and go way too far. Megaforce’s Ace Hunter, himself, Barry Bostwick is great, at times,
but he’s also half of the duo responsible for the aforementioned axe-related pun sequence. Karen Black (Trilogy
of Terror) is also a bit too much at times, but the overall approach to her character fits the film’s theme and tone
quite well. The real standout, aside from Corrigan, is Lucy Davis (Shaun of the Dead, the UK version of The
Office), who does enough with her limited screen time to make the film much more engaging than it is otherwise.
Davis is actually a huge part of the film’s much-improved final half hour, but unfortunately, the “twist” ending is
far too easily telegraphed and clichéd to be effective, and none of the film sticks with you after the end credits are
Anchor Bay’s DVD is a very impressive release, beginning with the stellar 1.78:1 anamorphic widescreen
presentation. Handling contrast and black levels incredibly well, this transfer also benefits from a rich color palette
and accurate flesh tones throughout. The Dolby Digital 5.1 audio mix is much more vibrant than anticipated, with
liberal use of directional effects, solid bass, and crystal clear dialogue being the norm. Surprisingly, we get some
decent extras, beginning with an audio commentary track by producer/writer Ryan Levin and director Jack Perez.
This is fun, informative stuff, but the highlight of the extras is the inclusion of The Fifth, the 12-minute short film
that served as inspiration for Some Guy Who Kills People. There’s also a 13-minute making-of piece, and the
film’s original trailer.
Posted by: Chuck Aliaga - July 15, 2012, 9:57 am - DVD Review
Keywords: killing, loony bin, mental trauma