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Movie Review: ‘Killerkiller’

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Originally released in 2007, England’s Killerkiller is an experimental, at times tedious horror film that nevertheless offers up some interesting ideas. Written and directed by Pat Higgins (Strippers vs Werewolves, Bordello Death Tales, Hellbride, and The Devil’s Music), the movie is a low-budget affair, with the bulk of the scenes confined to what amounts to a dilapidated security center and most of the running time dedicated to dialogue.

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The movie starts off with a young woman stripping naked to take a shower. As she does her striptease, a heavy-breathing assailant tracks her every move. Once she is in the shower, the killer pounces to strike. The tables are quickly turned, however, as it is the young woman who attacks the killer, her hell-red eyes sparkling as she jams a pair of blades into her assailant.

The movie then shifts to its principal tale, where a serial killer wakes up one morning and finds that the facility he is housed in has completely changed. There are no more guards or medical staff and the cell doors have all been unlocked. Fellow inmates—all serial killers—are now loose. However, the outside of the facility is surrounded by a thick, soupy fog. When one of the inmates attempts to get through the fog, he finds that it is ice cold and almost dies from hypothermia.

The inmates come together in an attempt to figure out the strange doings, but because some of the inmates are more insane than others, they find that they cannot rally. One inmate in particular has taken over the facility’s basement and is so violent that the other inmates lock all the basement doors. As the inmates wander about, one by one they undergo a strange flash of light, appearing in what looks like another dimension (white space in another part of the prison?), where they encounter the girl from the film’s opening scene. At first the girl behaves like a “traditional” horror victim, enticing each serial killer. However, she turns the tables on the murderers, revealing herself as a red-eyed killer herself who holds the upper hand. She systematically kills each serial killer using the very methods they used during their “careers.”

In the end, it is discovered that one of the inmates (a goth) summoned a demon to rid the Earth of serial murders. The irony is that the summoner himself has somehow wiped away any memories of his own murder, and the final scene of the movie has the female demon taking down her last victim.

Fans of frenetic horror will find Killerkiller to be an absolute snooze-fest, but those who enjoy dialogue-driven terror will find that this movie is pretty effective. Killerkiller feels almost like a play, save for the demon killing sequences, and perhaps it would have been more effective had it stuck through the one-set, limited cast from beginning to end. The movie also would have benefited from a deeper exploration of what it takes to be a serial killer, as well as “fleshing out” the demon killer, as she is a relatively weak character.

The bulk of the movie relies on a topnotch cast, and Killerkiller delivers. Although some of the performances are a little forced or sketchy, the lead roles are handled by seasoned actors. The writing is solid enough, and although the goth summoning the demon is trite, there are several scenes that evoke creepy sensations using dialogue alone. The violent deaths perpetrated by the demon are okay, but it is during these scenes that the movie’s low budget really suffers.

Killerkiller can be purchased as a standalone product or as part of a movie compilation, such as Big Box of Horror. (which is how I watched the movie).

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