Subject: I have found a DVD that I think you would enjoy
Actors: Rick Ganz, Bubby Lewis, Lisa Michele, Jeff Kipers, Trent
Director: Kevin Kangas
Genres: Drama, Horror, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Mystery & Suspense
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Wes Michaels | Johnston, RI United States | 02/08/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)
"At first, the typical horror movie cliches flash through the ordinary viewer's mind from first glimpse of the title and a casual perusal of the plot summary. However, once you get past the packaging and into the movie, it'll take you on a ride you won't soon forget with brilliance personified from the actors, to the music, to the final scene itself that truly proves realism is the true, driving force of horror movies to scare us all.Aric Blue (Ganz) narrates the film throughout his adventures as a loan telemarketer for a bank and his unique hobby after hours of, you guessed it, hunting humans. The serial killer is an arrogant, smug genius who thinks he's better than anybody else, and he's right. When it comes to murder, he's the Albert Einstein of the community. This particular killer has a "code" he lives by to allow his slayings to remain hidden from the police. He never kills anybody he knows, anybody who he'd have a motive for, and so on. The clever and absolutely riveting commentary he provides throughout the scenes as he begins describing his actions will grip you as if Ganz himself was telling his life story. Especially meaningful to me was the moment he explained how to pick a lock and stopped in the middle of his explaination to disgustedly mutter "Oh, why am I telling YOU any of this?" to show his obvious complete confidence in himself. However, Aric has a slight problem. His random murders aren't so random anymore, because as he begins to finish off a victim in the movie theatre, somebody came there first and leaves a threatening sign to inform him that his pattern was found! The movie then goes into the serial killer vs serial killer showdown. Aric is forced to break some of his own code to keep alive, and as the tension mounts, the haunting visions and dreams of "Dark", his arch-nemesis and fellow mass murderer, torment him to continually try and be one step ahead. It seems hopeless, as Dark has his moves mapped, his PI murdered, and through it all Aric remains confident he will walk out the winner.With the genius industrial bands Hellbent and Velvet Acid Christ to help set the mood, Aric sets out for his final battle with twists and turns galore as the final psychological battle gets physical and Dark and Aric embark to prove who the better killer is. With a strategy as brilliant as his caustic commentary throughout, Aric is able to finally put down Dark and continue on with a menacing thought through his head as he drives away from the city he'd terrorized for so long that maybe he'd end up going to visit YOU.Terrifying, in that it shows how little we know of the lives of our co-workers and friends that such a person could exist, undetected. The realism is there with the "code" that's the fulcrum of his actions throughout the movie, and most importantly this is not a film involving two immortal creatures who cannot possibly die. This is two human beings, neither one quite sane, who embark on a very diabolical path to near mutual annihilation. Unlike slasher movies or teen scream triologies, this is a movie where it's the smarter killer who wins, not the one with the largest weapon. Without a doubt something to make you lie awake wondering if the man or woman next to you also decides to go "hunting humans" when their daytime job is over. Rent this movie, it'll change your perception of predictability in the horror genre for a long time to come."
Low budget, high entertainment
(4 out of 5 stars)
"I had the privelege of seeing this at a local screening. It's clearly very low budget, but for once I think it didn't hurt it. The star of the movie is Aric Blue, a serial killer. Is that strange? Yes. For most of the movie you are sort of rooting for this guy. Try not to think about the fact that he's a murderous psycho.I'm not ruining anything(I mean, they say it on the DVD cover) by telling you that at some point Aric finds out that HE'S become the prey of another serial killer. It's a very cool twist, I thought, and I was surprised since I had no idea. The two killers go at each other for the rest of the movie in some very clever ways. The strength of the movie is it's script and the performance of Rick Ganz who plays the lead. The other thing that surprised me was how good the music in the movie is. Whoever did the score is incredible. I've heard worse scores on big studio pictures.The bad: Some of the other actors are less than good. It didn't bother me too much as none of them are really in the movie for very long.All in all, a very entertaining movie. I don't know what extras are going to be on the DVD, but I'll be picking it up regardless. If you like stuff like Henry Portrait of a Serial Killer or American Psycho, you'll dig this movie!"
Inside the mind of serial killer, Hunting Humans rocks!
josh_tebbs | San Antonio, TX | 11/29/2003
(4 out of 5 stars)
"I was totally amazed by this film. There I was perusing the DVD's at blockbusters and I decided to get this flick. Kevin Kangas? Rick Ganz? Trent? Who the hell are these people? What I came to find out is that these people made a great film. It's a tad more on the pyschological side so those Matrix freaks who just want to see non stop action might not enjoy as much 'cause you'll have to think. The narration was kind of ornery, but overall it was a good flick. The story revolves itself around one character, Aric Blue (Ganz), who pulls of the arrogant, yet sadistic sociopath nicely. Can't say much more about the revolving cast because they weren't too good. Amateurs in comparison really. Kangas brings us into the world of a sociopath who follows the patterns of his vitims before killing them. Another good twist to this unique story about a sociopathic serial killer where one day he ends up being tracked by another killer in the same city. For a low budget independent its well worth it to watch."
Low budget but not Low quality.
creatureart | 03/03/2004
(4 out of 5 stars)
"When a group of friends and myself picked up this dvd at a rental place we got it because we thought it was going to be a terrible film. From the description we figured it might nearly be as bad as Manos Hands of Fate. (Ok maybe not nearly but in the general area). We were all pleasantly surprised.The acting was bad, film quality low, and special effects very low quality. Despite this the plot and dialogue was interesting and enjoyable. Everyone in the group really enjoyed the film. Several parts were even quite witty. Also they don't try to get your interest or keep you entertained by having tons of gore. If you are looking for a high budget film or a gore fest this film is not for you. If you don't mind a low budget horror film with a good story, that is enjoyable, and really works despite its problems this movie is for you."