Life is tough for a serial killer. At least
it is for Zaphrone, a self-titled wannabe killer, who wants nothing more than to become as feared as the notorious
Broad Street Butcher. Once The Broad Street Butcher catches wind of Zaphrone's clumsy antics, the red-masked baffoon has more to worry about than just evading the cops.
Written By: Chris Schramm
Directed By: Chris Schramm
I actually kept going back and forth on what rating to give to Killerz. On one hand, I couldn't stop myself from thinking how much better it could have been. The unique take on the slasher genre, mixed with the awesome comedic elements screamed a solid four out of five to me. Yet some of the seemingly lower quality aspects called for an above average three. In the end, I realized I had laughed a lot as I watched Killerz and that was more than enough for me. Any production, big or small that evokes more than a few "LOL's" deserved at least a four. This is a production that almost anyone will chuckle at. The premise and execution are priceless! If you're not quite sure this is a short film you'd like to take-a-peek-at, ask yourself one simple question. Do you like to laugh? If you do, Killerz will fill the bill nicely.
The hard decision when producing a low budget film is often one of production quality. When the cash is tight, who can afford say... a massively pricey REDcam? Often, sacrifices are made to the production crew but that doesn't mean that a shot can't be composed properly. That's the main problem with Killerz. It's not a quality issue rather a simple matter of composing certain shots... properly. Dozens of times (it felt like) the characters in Killerz would have half their heads chopped off by the camera. Sometimes, the framing would be perfect and then "Poof!" we'd go back to scalping the cast again. Mix all this in with a lot of really soft shots and you'll get the general idea. If a little more care had been taken when lensing Killerz we could have had a perfect scoring short.
Aside from that, the editing and audio were all done well and the cast themselves performed their respective roles perfectly. I use the term "perfectly" very loosely since Killerz, at times is intentionally cheesy.
At the end of the day the charm of Killerz simply overruled it's faults. This is a well written and funny short film! When it comes right down to it, who really cares about a few minor visual issues? The point of any comedy is to make people laugh, and laugh I did. Killerz is a fun ride into the life of a silly wannabe serial killer, who simply can't seem to "Become". If you like to laugh than here's where you find it.
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