Some Guy Who Kills People

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“Some Guy Who Kills People” features a better-than-average cast, a clever and well-paced script, and a seamless action and gore edit job. Kevin Corrigan portrays Ken, a broken man recovering from a stint in a mental hospital. He lives his life working a dead-end job at an ice cream parlor for a boss who kicks him around, and residing with his sweetly acerbic mother (the incredible Karen Black).

The series of relationships displayed on screen illuminate our protagonist’s separation from everyone and everything around him. He is determinedly, heart-breakingly detached, and it is apparent that he cannot connect even to those around him with the potential to love and give him the proverbial second chance in life. Ken’s life at present is a string of disappointments, filled with jabs from bullies of all shapes and sizes and flashbacks of past torment. The flashbacks are a break from the overall plot, filmed in black-and-white, they are stylized and bare – dreamlike. Instrumental in pushing the story along, they dole parts of the puzzle out in pieces, and we slowly discover the cause of our hero’s torment. Ken’s only solace lies in his talent and love for sketching comic-book style art. He acts out his imaginary tales of revenge on the stage of a penciled page, hiding the contents of this sketchbook from anyone and everyone who asks or expresses interest, however innocent.

Ken Boyd (Kevin Corrigan) and his mother Ruth (Karen Black).

This tendency toward solitude is a point of contention with his mother, Ruth. Karen Black is devastating as the chain-smoking critic, and she has a fair number of hilarious exchanges with the perfectly deadpan Ken and the sublimely sweet Amy (Ariel Gade). Gade is excellent in the role of Ken’s daughter Amy, the result ofa forgotten one-night stand. She helps to guide his attentions to other people, to be his guide back to the world. She encourages his relationship with love-interest Stephanie, cheerily acted by Lucy Davis. Barry Bostwick is charming as a seemingly bumbling Sheriff with a dark sense of humor and a heart of gold. Bostwick’s performance, and Black’s, are quite memorable and well-visualized. Also present in the stellar supporting cast is Leo Fitzpatrick, as Ken’s coworker and only friend, Irv.

Ken (Kevin Corrigan) and his overly-concerned buddy, Irv (Leo Fitzpatrick).

Those responsible for his scars (there’s a nice one on his cheek) start showing up dead…posed in elaborate vignettes staged with dark humor and purpose. All of this comes to a head at once, naturally, causing a great deal of worry and conflict for Ken.

The Special Effects are rewarding, combining some well-constructed kills with practical effects that make the blood really start pumping. CGI blood came up only once noticably, every other time was well done and believable. While the Special FX are well done, the gore is not dwelled upon for any length of time. The real horror is in the idea that Ken may lose those that he loves through his unhealthy obsession with revenge, and it is through this that we discover which way he will choose as his path through life.

Some Guy Who Kills People is a terrifically funny Horror film with a freshly beating heart. Combining humor and horror in a psychologically effective way whilst maintaining style and a coolness factor one can’t doubt. The production design purposeful, the cinematography beautiful, it was an incontestably well-made picture that I am pleased to have seen. When the film was rolling credits, it left me in high spirits – a pleasant trait indeed.

Now that's what I call roadside service!

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Rating: 4/5 ★★★★☆ 


About Leya_T

Leya Taylor studied Cinema and Literature at Indiana University, is an accomplished filmmaker, and the founder of Coppercoil Productions. She has worn many hats, including Producer, Director, Director of Photography, Assistant Director, Special Effects Technician, Production Designer, and has been known to don a raspberry beret. Leya is currently a freelance videographer and editor, and is one of the principal organizers of the Dark Carnival Film Festival. (

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