Some Guy Who Kills People (R15)

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Review byMatthew Turner6/10/2012

Three out of Five stars
Running time: 93 mins

Entertaining, if uneven comedy horror, enlivened by some very funny dialogue and winning performances from a likeable cast.

What's it all about?
Directed by Jack Perez (hitherto best known for Mega Shark Vs Giant Octopus), Some Guy Who Kills People stars Kevin Corrigan as Ken Boyd, a 34 year old comic book nerd who's just been released from the insane asylum and is plagued by violent flashbacks to a traumatic incident in his past. Ken's life quickly gets worse when he moves back in with his nagging mother (Karen Black), but things pick up when he lands a job as an ice-cream parlour clerk and meets first sweet-natured British girl Stephanie (Lucy Davis), who seems genuinely attracted to him, and later relentlessly perky 11 year old Amy (Ariel Gade), who turns out to be the daughter he never knew he had.

However, when Ken's one-time enemies (the persecutors in his flashbacks) start getting murdered, he rapidly becomes the chief suspect, not least because their deaths match scenes Ken has outlined in a comic he's been working on. It also doesn't help that the investigating sheriff (Barry Bostwick as Walt) is on uncomfortably good terms with Ken's mother, so he frequently ends up getting interrogated over breakfast.

The Good
Corrigan has always specialised in playing quirky outsider types (he pops up doing exactly that in almost every 90s indie you can think of) and his slightly weird screen persona is put to excellent use here, keeping you constantly guessing about just how far we're supposed to be rooting for him (tellingly, you never see Ken actually commit the crimes). The supporting performances are equally good, particularly Barry Bostwick (whose deadpan, art-appreciating and frequently very funny cop deserves his own spin-off TV series) and Karen Black (deliciously horrible as Ken's mother), while Lucy Davis sparks intriguing chemistry with Corrigan and Ariel Gade is utterly adorable as Amy.

The script is consistently amusing and there are some hilarious dialogue exchanges, particularly Amy's one-liners and the pun-laden banter between Bostwick and his eager-to-please deputy (Eric Prince). Perez also livens things up visually with some imaginative use of comic book-style animation.

The Bad
The main problem is that the tone of the film is a little uneven, with the romcom and bonding-with-surprise-daughter elements never quite gelling with the horror/thriller side of things. Similarly, the flashback sequences are shot and edited in such a way that they initially come across as a masochistic fantasy, which is both confusing and off-putting.

Worth seeing?
Despite its flaws, Some Guy Who Kills People is an enjoyable and frequently funny comedy horror enlivened by strong comic performances and a witty script. Worth seeing.

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