Sometimes life sucks, especially when you’re Some Guy Who Kills People.
Ken Boyd (Kevin Corrigan) is an odd-looking chap, with eyes that appear to bulge out, who has recently been released from a mental institution. For a man who gets walked all over, on a daily basis, it doesn’t appear things will ever work out for him, especially as those who have made his life miserable are continuing to do so.
The only solution? Kill those who ruin your life. It works for Dexter, so it might just work for Ken. After all, he hasn’t got much going for him when his day job is in a burger joint that also sells premium ice-cream.
As the bodies pile up, local Sheriff Walt Fuller (Rocky Horror Picture Show‘s Barry Bostwick) and Deputy Ernie Dobkins (Eric Price) are on the case, but as all signs point to Ken as the culprit, this would rather scupper Walt’s budding relationship with Ken’s mother Ruth (Karen Black).
Ken’s only friend is his colleague Irv (Leo Fitzpatrick), although he has new women entering his life in the form of the daughter he knew nothing about, Amy (Ariel Gade), and new beau Stephanie (Lucy Davis).
And… well, that’s about it. The 90-minutes-or-so running time pads out in a very matter-of-fact way, with everything being as predictable as possible – except for one point which I didn’t see coming. Ken doesn’t think he can be a good father, but Amy believes in him so… and Lucy Davis plays the ditzy girl who’s not quite with it… so, a real break against type, then.
Some Guy Who Kills People is billed as a comedy, but while there’s a few laughs along the way – including the way some of the murders are carried out – overall it leaves you feeling fairly cold and isn’t at all memorable. What a great shame.
Presented in 16:9 and in 1080p high definition, the picture is sharp, crisp and clear with no issues at all.
The sound is in 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio, for which I got the 5.1 DTS version, and it does what it needs to without being anything close to a demo disc, so it’s fine.
Sadly, the only extras are a Behind the Scenes (13:08), which shows how some clever SFX shots were done on a limited budget of $300,000 with a 16-day shoot, and a director’s commentary.
The menu features clips from the film set against a small piece of the theme tune, and repeat. There are no subtitles at all, which I find reprehensible and lazy, and the total number of chapters is a lame 12, the usual figure you’d usually expect from Optimum/Studiocanal. What a shame its spread to other distributors. You’re not paying by the chapter(!)
Running time: 98 minutes
Cat no: VFD69673
Distributor: Koch Media
Released: October 15th 2012
Picture: 1080p High Definition
Sound: 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio, DTS 5.1, Dolby Digital 5.1
Disc Format: BD50
Director: Jack Perez
Producers: Micah Goldman and Michael Wormser
Screenplay: Ryan Levin
Music: David Kitchens and Ben Zarai
Ken Boyd: Kevin Corrigan
Sheriff Walt Fuller: Barry Bostwick
Ruth Boyd: Karen Black
Irv: Leo Fitzpatrick
Amy Wheeler: Ariel Gade
Deputy Ernie Dobkins: Eric Price
Stephanie: Lucy Davis
Al Fooger: Lou Beatty Jr.
Janet Wheeler: Janie Haddad
Mayor Mawell: Ahmed Best
Wade Hutchins: Christopher May
Lyle Bagwell: Niko Nicotera
Marty Prichard: Britain Spellings
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