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How To Be A Serial Killer
How To Be A Serial Killer
Actors: Matthew Gray Gubler, Laura Regan, George Wyner, Gonzalo Menendez, Dameon Clarke
Director: Luke Ricci
Genres: Comedy, Horror, Science Fiction & Fantasy
R     2009     1hr 31min

HOW TO BE A SERIAL KILLER pokes fun at the self-help literature industry and motivational speakers in general. There are so many ways to get off track while pursuing the perfect life, and an even greater number of pop-psyc...  more »


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Actors: Matthew Gray Gubler, Laura Regan, George Wyner, Gonzalo Menendez, Dameon Clarke
Director: Luke Ricci
Genres: Comedy, Horror, Science Fiction & Fantasy
Sub-Genres: Satire, Horror, Science Fiction & Fantasy
Format: DVD - Color,Widescreen - Closed-captioned
DVD Release Date: 10/13/2009
Release Year: 2009
Run Time: 1hr 31min
Screens: Color,Widescreen
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 0
MPAA Rating: R (Restricted)
Languages: English

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Member Movie Reviews

Chad B. (abrnt1) from CABERY, IL
Reviewed on 3/5/2012...
This is a very dark comedy that does a really good job of remaining entertaining throughout. I've read about the so-called comparisons to Man Bites Dog and there really are none other than the fact that both films deal with a serial killer. Man Bites Dog deals with a film crew following & recording a serial killer and the film is of the Found Footage/Mockumentary type. This film isn't. There are some sequences where we're taken inside the killer's head as he gives a Tony Robbins self help lecture on How To Be A Serial Killer, but this is pure fantasy.
1 of 1 member(s) found this review helpful.

Movie Reviews

Unique mockumentary with some dark humor
Steve Kuehl | Ben Lomond, CA | 10/10/2009
(4 out of 5 stars)

"Inevitably this is being called a copycat to Man Bites Dog - Criterion Collection but I feel this has some of its own flavor, to use a bad word, in creating a domestic take on the "genre". I would recommend giving this one a fair shot, and even though they pick the depraved-to-be as another video store clerk stereotype, I still enjoyed the premise and performances.

The film mixes a "documentary" (talking to the camera/stage audience like a self help guru) - and fictional (camera does not exist) look into this guys homicidal life as he recruits a protege to pass on his serial killer skills. The story splices this interview-the-people-in-the-main-guys-life with the murdering events as they occur. Sometimes it feels long, but in the end you get used to what they are doing with the film and it keeps a decent pace, especially knowing what the outcome has to be.

The sound is good and the picture has a high budget feel. The supplements are 20 minutes of deleted scenes divided into the same amount of headings, but they thankfully have a play all option. I had to actually give this 3.5 star film an extra half just on the management of these scenes. They are mostly all interviews, and would have paced the film more being towards a farce than a mockumentary so it was nice to see them spliced out. There were one or two that would have been better left in with certain kills, but for being a relatively new crew, they did a nice job. Hope you enjoy.

The film is DEFINITELY not for everyone, as neither the slasher crowd or comedy-only crowd will be completely satisfied. It is more of a unique take on the idea of showing a self-help film like no other. I almost feel like putting it in the self-help section to see who freaks out on me."
Gina | Ohio USA | 12/17/2009
(4 out of 5 stars)

"After watching this I knew a lot of people might not enjoy it like I did. Funny, strange, and interesting at the same time. I love true crime books, tv shows, and movies and when I saw this was coming out on DVD I had to have it. The idea behind this movie is very funny, a man teaching another man to be a serial killer. I would not recommend this to be a family night movie, but I though it was worth getting."
Wickedly funny!
N. Rieckmann | Wisconsin | 02/06/2010
(5 out of 5 stars)

"This film had me shreiking with laughter! It's filled with dark humor and sarcasm. It's so gratifying to see someone clobber total jerks (we've all imagined doing it ourselves.) And the "infomercial" format is hilarious! Matthew Gray Gubler is great as the apprentice. Loved this film!"