Killer Me Movie Review
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.