Screamfest 2011 Movie Review – SOME GUY WHO KILLS PEOPLE

Director – Jack Perez
Cast – Kevin Corrigan, Barry Bostwick, Karen Black, Ariel Gade, Lucy Davis, and Leo Fitzpatrick

Ken Boyd, fresh out of the loony bin, returns to his small hometown seeking revenge on those he deems responsible for ruining his life. However, his plans are complicated when his estranged daughter shows up, looking to bond with her father, and the sheriff investigating the growing pile of bodies begins sleeping with Ken’s mom.

By the time SOME GUY WHO KILLS PEOPLE began, I was very VERY tempted to leave the festival and head home.  It was getting late and I really wanted to get in at least one hour of BATMAN: ARKHAM CITY game play.  Seriously, I was actually sitting there while the film was about to start re-enacting scenes in my head of fighting the Penguin and playing Catwoman while ultimately staring at her video game character butt (it’s true).  Alas, I did not leave the theater and I must say I’m glad I stayed.

SOME GUY WHO KILLS PEOPLE is the only horror comedy I was able to watch this year at Screamfest and like I said, I’m glad I curbed the urges to be Batman for the remainder of the evening because this movie was well worth the time.  Written by Ryan Levin (SCRUBS) and directed by Jack Perez (MEGA SHARK VS GIANT OCTOPUS), the film stars Kevin Corrigan (FRINGE) as former mental patient Ken Boyd.  34 year old Ken works at an ice cream parlor and lives at home with his vocally disappointed mother played by Karen Black (EASY RIDER, HOUSE OF 1000 CORPSES). It’s established early on that Ken is an underachieving nobody who completely believes his loser status.  In his free time, he escapes his reality by drawing comic book images illustrating violent fantasies of killing off his high school enemies whom he ultimately blames for the direction his life has taken. Then, lo’ and behold, these comic book murders start actually happening.  BONKERS!

Boyd is thrown a few chances in this film to escalate his life from the basement of Loser Manor out into normal society.  His first chance comes with the lovely and quirky Stephanie played by Lucy Davis (SHAWN OF THE DEAD).  The second comes with the out of the blue arrival of his 11 year old daughter Amy, whom he’s never met, played by the delightful Ariel Gade (CALL OF THE WILD).  These chances for normalcy soon battle Ken’s inner struggle for revenge and this ultimately is the meat of the story.

If it weren’t for the strong characters in this film, things probably wouldn’t work so well.  I was definitely surprised by Brian Bostwick’s portrayal of The Sheriff.  His dry delivery made his character a hysterical highlight in every scene he was featured in.  I can say the same about Karen Black’s performance and Ariel Gade….who is this girl? She lit up every scene she was in and I couldn’t help but smile every time she was on screen!  And let’s not forget about Kevin Corrigan.  I’m already a fan of Corrigan’s work and it’s actually nice to see him take on a lead role in a film.  The subtle nuances and character choices he made throughout the film were brilliant.  As an actor myself, it’s the little ticks and body language that I look for in performances that tend to speak louder than any dialog that comes out of the character’s mouth, and Corrigan’s decisions as Ken Boyd made me really hope he’ll be seen more as a lead in upcoming projects.

Overall, the story and movie are pretty simple and straight forward.  The twist at the end isn’t that difficult to figure out.  But what makes this film work is watching the actors play make believe on screen.  The strength of the characters and use of comedy here are the keys that ultimately make SOME GUY WHO KILLS PEOPLE one of my favorite films from this year’s Screamfest!

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For more information about SOME GUY WHO KILLS PEOPLE, check their official website here. – Aaron Pruner