Forgettable Formula: “Killer Movie” (2008) Review

Paul Wesley (The Vampire Diaries) and Kayley Cuoco (8 Simple Rules, The Big Bang Theory) star in this teen comedy-slasher film about a reality show crew filming an underdog hockey team. It changes into an investigative documentary about this small towns more unusual residents after a young high school student is found dead. Suspicions begin to rise as to whether or not the death was an accident. As the crew continue to film the hockey teams progress through the year, members of the crew begin to vanish unexpectedly. Jake (Wesley) and Blanca (Cuoco) realize that the killings wont stop tell the camera stop rolling.

As a slasher fan and a TV fan I was looking forward to watching this film due mainly for the fact that I have been a fan of Kayley Cuoco since her sitcom 8 Simple Rules and still watch her on The Big Bang Theory. And with the addition of Paul Wesley from The Vampire Diaries I was sure that the film would be at least, and decent is the most you can say for this “teen horror flick”. Now the film is not bad in any way it just lacked something that you would expect from a semi original plot like this one but sadly this is nothing more than your typical should have been made for TV slasher film.

The film premiered at Tribeca Film Festival with a later direct to DVD release in the USA, France and Germany. This may explain the films lack of fans despite the cast. Although it was a mediocre, at best, slasher film I do believe that if the film was made for TV it may have had a better reception. As a Direct to DVD release not only was it limiting the knowledge of the film but the film itself was weak.

There were, however aspects of the film I did enjoy. I very much enjoyed the reality show pieces of the film mixed with the one to one camera talks which many of the characters do throughout the film. As the film went on I found myself becoming more and more interested in the story. The film is pretty slow and I found myself drifting in and out of interest. While the ending is pretty surprising it is still a bit “been there, done that.” If you come across this film in a second hand store for a dollar or two definitely pick it up or if you catch it on Netflix. It might be the perfect rainy day horror film to kick back to.

–Ross Wilcock