Killer Me Review
By Christopher Null
At times, Zachary Hansen's indie potboiler reminds the viewer of Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer, Sling Blade, and Clean, Shaven but it's probably a bit too small-minded to attract the mainstream.
Telling the story of the quiet Joseph (George Foster), Killer Me shows him alone in his hovel apartment and mindlessly working his menial job at a library, all the while trying to fight off the demons that tell him to slice people up with a straight razor. The dysfunctional Anna (Christina Kew) takes an interest when Joseph sits in on her criminal psychology class, and the two soon strike up an unlikely romance of sorts -- dating when he isn't busy stalking joggers on the running paths over L.A. And of course, Joseph doesn't remember any of this.
A spare 80 minutes in length, Killer Me is an often-enjoyable curiosity weighed down by its unlikeliness and odd character positioning. Hansen goes out of his way to position Joseph as a good guy at heart, but with no understanding of why he's a killer. Flashbacks to his childhood attempt to provide an explanation, but the result isn't real motivation, it's simply to drive a pat and ambivalent ending. Kew's Anna (a spitting image of Emily Watson) is a more successful study of obsession, and her romantic leanings are far more believable than Joseph's amnesiac murderer. And Hansen's grainy film stock (16mm I believe) and provocative sound design (read more about it on the Killer Me web site) enhance the mood considerably.
Facts and Figures
In Theaters: Saturday 1st September 2001
Rotten Tomatoes: 50%
Fresh: 3 Rotten: 3
Cast & Crew
Starring: George Foster as Joseph, Christina Kew as Anna, Kirk B.R. Woller as Martin, Garth Wilton as Professor Richardson, Ken Gruz as Stan, Carry Patterson as Professor Williams, Kass Connors as Lenny