Monday, October 12, 2020

Killer Weekend Review: A Serial Killer Game of Cat and Mouse

Release date: October 13, 2020
Running time: 82 minutes
Starring: Vanessa Zima, Andy Davoli, Jennifer Blanc, Alex Urbom, Michael Biehn

Kimberly (Zima) is a sexy young coed who enjoys a lavish lifestyle thanks to a sugar daddy dating app.  However, although she enjoys the perks of the lifestyle, she also has a side business taking out life insurance policies on these men and having killed.  She soon meets her match, however, in her new rich, handsome boyfriend Ted (Davoli)--who just happens to also be a serial killer.

The premise for this movie is interesting enough, showcasing two people who prey on those around them and use their looks and wits for personal gain.  The two progress parallel for a bit, giving some insight into each of their characters, before they finally meet.  And when they meet, it is a fun cat and mouse game as each is trying to figure out when to off the other.  And as true feelings begin to develop for each other, it is fun to see if they can get past what they have known for so long.  I really did like the back and forth between the two of them, and never really knowing who was in charge.  

However, this film has some hit or miss acting and writing.  Some of it is good, and Davoli is very convincing as the playboy / serial killer Ted.  Zima likewise is mostly good as Kimberly, the serial dater / killer, but sometimes her lines lacked feeling.  I couldn't tell if this was intentional or not as her character is not meant to be in tune with her emotions.  But still, even if it was intentional it was an odd choice to have her show good emotion sometimes and not others.  And much of the other delivery and writing just fall flat.  It feels forced and often comes off as unnatural.  That being said, despite the hit or miss acting and the story having some issues I couldn't stop watching this.  I really wanted to see where it would go and who would end up on top.  And this is where Killer Weekend has another let down.  The story builds towards an interesting ending and then feels like the film abandons this build up for an abrupt finale.  I really liked the direction it was going only for the film to flip a U-turn and end in a more generic fashion.  

Killer Weekend pits two serial killers against each other in an interesting cat and mouse game that I couldn't stop watching until the killer conclusion.

Rent it.

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