I Am Not a Serial Killer is a must watch for the lovers of weird indie movies, and obviously those of you interested in the Serial Killer psyche such as myself, not just because the protagonist makes two serial killer references in the first 10 minutes, but it digs a bit deeper analysing how they become that way, what motivates them and how to stop them.
The film is set in the USA with an almost all American cast but is an UK/ Irish production based on the 2009 novel with the same name by Dan Wells, whose book is the first instalment in the John Wayne Cleaver trilogy. Director Billy O'Brien did two other full length, that I must confess I never heard of, The Hybrid and Isolation.
I Am Not a Serial Killer is about a boy named John Wayne (…Gacy! Nah I'm joking his last name is Cleaver) that is interested in the typical stuff teenage boys are into: blood and guts… and occasional stalking. So when murders start to happen in his home town and seems to be the work of a Serial Killer, instead of shitting his pants and locking himself in a bunker (like normal people would be) John is more than happy to do some investigation on his own, since after all, he thinks he is pretty close to becoming a SK himself.
I Am Not a Serial Killer is a little low budget movie, that is pretty impressive considering how much they did with the little money they had if you think about the setting, the number and calibre of actors and special effects.
I would like the person who managed the budget of $1.45 mil to sort out my finances as well. Max Records (that surprisingly seems to be his real name) has been in quite a few movies, with his biggest role being the one of little cutie pie Max in Where the Wild Things Are... is it just me or he looks just like Ezra Miller? Not sure if because of his raggedy hair or due the fact that he played a sociopath.
And of course everybody’s favourite villain, crazy scientist and creepy uncle Christopher Lloyd shines (do you think he could have disappointed?) as the old and frail neighbour Mr Crowley.
Oh, don't expect this movie to have a boring or a simple ending, because you will never guess it!
For the ones of you that love poetry, here’s two haunting poems by William Blake recited in the movie: