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I Am Not a Serial Killer [2016] (2 discs)

Director:Billy O'Brien
Writer:Billy O'Brien
Christopher Hyde
Composer:Adrian Johnston
Length:104 minutes
(1 hour 44 minutes)
MPAA Rating:UR
Sorting Category:Susp/Hor
Sorting Tub:Alpha
IMDB Rating:6.2/10
Rotten Tomatoes Rating:93%
Amazon Rating:4.0/5 stars
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Synopsis: In a small Midwestern town, a troubled teen with homicidal tendencies must hunt down and destroy a supernatural killer whilst keeping his own inner demons at bay.

Reaction: Creepy, tense, and unique. I hate the phrase "the book was better" and here I'm not even tempted to use it. There are differences from the book, but the movie is a great telling of the story in its own right.

Personal Rating: 8/10

Billy O'Brien => Director / Writer
Christopher Hyde => Writer
Adrian Johnston => Composer
Dan Wells => Novel
Toby Froud => Creature Designer
Anna Sundberg => Lauren Bacall Cleaver
Bruce Bohne => Minister
Christina Baldwin => Margaret
Christopher Lloyd => Crowley
Dane Stauffer => Mark Watson
Dee Noah => Kay Crowley
Elizabeth Belfiori => Rachel
James Gaulke => Principal Layton
Karl Geary => Dr. Neblin
Laura Fraser => April
Lucy Lawton => Brooke Watson
Mary Kay Schmitt => Mrs. Anderson
Matt Roy => The Drifter
Max Records => John Wayne Cleaver
Michael Paul Levin => Roger Bowen (Max's Dad)
Raymond Brandstrom => Max
Tommy O'Brien => Ethan Watson
Tony Papenfuss => Ron the Coroner
Vincent Risso => Rob Anders
William Todd-Jones => The Monster

Random Trivia For This Title:

  • The film's star, Max Records, was backpacking in Europe and stopped to visit the director and was invited to assist with the creature puppetry.
  • The main character John Wayne Cleaver is named after real-life serial killer [?] John Wayne Gacy. Gacy worked as a clown, and in the movie, on Halloween, the main character even dresses up as a clown.
  • The author of the novel, Dan Wells, has a brief cameo as a police officer near the closing of the film.
  • Based off the young adult novel series of the same name
  • The gameplay footage featured in the film comes from The Order: 1886 by developers Ready At Dawn. Interestingly, the game features a protagonist who battles against a hidden evil - mirroring somewhat the events of the film.
  • The shots of Crowley exercising are from Christopher Lloyd's actual routine. His daily workouts were noted by Director Billy O'Brien, and he thought the robotic, absent movement was so eerie, he had to get [?] Robbie Ryan to film it. The footage would later be considered an iconic moment in the film.
  • After seeing Where the Wild Things Are (2009), Dan Wells called Billy O'Brien and said he loved the kid who played the lead, that by the time the project got off the ground, he'd be old enough, and that his loneliness and anger were perfect for John. O'Brien agreed to look into it, but before he could, one of the producers e-mailed O'Brien saying he had a guy who'd be great for that serial killer thing he was working on. It was the same person, Max Records.
  • Dan Wells liked the concept of Crowley killing a neighbor so he could dance with his wife so much, he joked he was upset he hadn't written it.
  • John Cleaver is a vegetarian in the source novels, as is his on-screen counterpart Max Records.
  • Karl Geary (Dr. Neblin) and Laura Fraser (April Cleaver) are married, hence the scene not found in the novel where John (Max Records) spies on them having dinner.
  • This is the second time Christopher Lloyd's character melted, Who Framed Roger Rabbit (1988) was the first.