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Killer Me

From its title on, Zachary Hansen's debut feature, "Killer Me," hints at foul deeds aplenty for its troubled central character. Ultimately, though, pic deflates with a soft, unconvincing resolution. Hansen suffuses his film with a trembling, portentous energy that promises a far more disturbing portrait of an unbalanced mind than is actually delivered.

From its title on, Zachary Hansen’s debut feature, “Killer Me,” hints at foul deeds aplenty for its troubled central character. Ultimately, though, pic deflates with a soft, unconvincing resolution. Hansen suffuses his film with a trembling, portentous energy (particularly in a soundtrack gurgling with noises, notes and whispers) that promises a far more disturbing portrait of an unbalanced mind than is actually delivered, while a distracting red herring undermines pic’s sense of dramatic truth. While psychodrama will stir up some interest at fests, distribs hoping to add a killer thriller to their libraries will be disappointed.

Carrying a full load of criminology classes at an L.A. college, Joe (George Foster) is tortured by bloody thoughts about neighbors and acquaintances. Fellow student Anna (Christina Kew) is so meek and mousy that she appears to be an obvious victim, but her kind manner produces another result. In any case, the only one Joe hurts is himself, his nightmares rooted in a family tragedy from which he’s never recovered.

Killer Me

  • Production: A Point Blank Films presentation. Produced by Farine Yeganegi, Ferran Viladevall. Directed, written, edited by Zachary Hansen.
  • Crew: Camera (color), Neal Fredericks; music, Hansen; production designer, Chris Wright; sound, Rachel Maughn; sound designer, Arlan Boll; assistant directors, Ferran Viladevall, Carlos Vila. Reviewed on videotape, L.A., April 6, 2002. (In Method Fest Film Festival, Pasadena; also in Telluride Film Festival.) Running time: 79 MIN.
  • With: <b>With:</b> George Foster, Christina Kew, Garth Wilton, Kirk B.R. Woller, Chuck Martinez, Ken Gruz, Carry Patterson, Linda Fontaine, Zachary Meeks, Larry Dirk.
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