When I tell you that Some Guy Who Kills People is a surprisingly sweet comedy drama that happens to have a few slasher movie moments throughout then you might not be too surprised. Those elements normally aren’t blended together but the title gives about the content – simple and also slightly quirky. What MAY surprise you is finding out that this movie was directed by Jack Perez. The last movie that Jack Perez gave to audiences was the so-bad-it’s-bordering-on-genius Mega Shark Vs. Giant Octopus. You’ll remember that film if you think long and hard about it. It’s the film that gave us all THIS moment. Thankfully, this movie is a million miles away from that one.
Kenny Boyd (Kevin Corrigan) is a quiet man. He works in a local ice-cream parlour, lives with his mother (Karen Black) and just spends his days trying to forget about the time that he spent in a mental hospital and the antics of the high school basketball team that led to him being there. That’s not too easy when those same jocks still live in the area and still pass by on occasion but it becomes a bit easier when those jocks start being killed off. As the bodies start to pile up, Ken is reunited with his estranged 11-year-old daughter (Amy, played by Ariel Gade), gets to spend time enjoying the company of a young woman named Stephanie (Lucy Davis) and just seems to be improving in many small ways. But as the town Sheriff (Barry Bostwick) investigates the murders it’s not long until Ken is the prime suspect.
There are a number of factors involved in this movie that raise it to near-greatness. The direction by Jack Perez is absolutely fine but he’s set himself up with a very good script by Ryan A. Levin and an absolutely superb cast that give top notch performances across the board. Kevin Corrigan is wonderful in the lead role, creating a character that you immediately want to see more of and I’m not joking when I say that I would be first in line to see Some Guy Who Kills More People (take the name, by all means, and just give me a mention in the credits, thank you kindly). It’s an absolute delight almost every time that Corrigan is onscreen and I’m very happy to see him get such a great role after doing well in a number of supporting turns. Ariel Gade threatens to steal the entire movie as young Amy, Lucy Davis is very likeable, Barry Bostwick has fun with a character nicely walking the line between careless oaf and responsible officer of the law and Karen Black gets to sneer with almost every line that she has.
This may disappoint people who are looking for big laughs or excessive bloodshed but it’s a much more rewarding experience thanks to the subtle mix of sly humour, great characters and a handful of blood-spattered death scenes. Do give it a watch and recommend it to others if you enjoy it as much as I did. It’s a dark, but not TOO dark, movie with a sweet, but not TOO sweet, centre.
Some Guy Who Kills People receives a limited cinema release on 5th October and then hits shiny disc and download channels on 8th October.
DIRECTOR: JACK PEREZ
WRITER: RYAN A. LEVIN
STARS: KEVIN CORRIGAN, LUCY DAVIS, ARIEL GADE, KAREN BLACK, BARRY BOSTWICK, LEO FITZPATRICK, ERIC PRICE
RUNTIME: 93 MINS APPROX