Kill Game (2015) (DVD Review)
Directed By: Robert Mearns
Starring: Joe Adler, Michael Galante, Sari Sanchez
Rated: UR/Region: 1/Widescreen/Number of disc: 1
Available From Cinedigm
In the fictional town of Grace Arbor the answers are never clear. Who is underneath the mask? KILL GAME is the story of a group of high school kids who amuse themselves by pulling pranks on unsuspecting students and teachers. They are all popular, good-looking, the kids voted most likely to succeed. But at their core lies a cruelty and shallowness which comes with the territory of privilege. One night, a prank goes horribly wrong and a teenager is killed. The gang covers it up as a drowning accident but five years later, their lives are turned upside down when one of them is killed by a serial killer wearing a haunting Marilyn Monroe mask. It doesn t stop there, one by one the gang is killed in manners mirroring the pranks they pulled in high school. Is it revenge? Is it karma? Is it the dead boy’s spirit coming back to avenge his death? One thing is certain…No one is laughing now.
You know, I kinda liked Kill Game. I’m not saying this is ground breaking stuff by any means, but it keeps you interested with the creativity a bit. We get some serious saw vibes off of this thing, but you also get some stuff you don’t see every day, even if we are clearly dipping our big toe into the torture porn area of horror a bit. The whole thing boils down to a “who done it” affair. The characters aren’t the best you’ll see on-screen, but they hold their own and made it a little harder than it probably normally would be to guess who the killer in the movie actually is. Take that and toss in some weird dream sequences and scenes, and we have a movie that does try to stand-out from the pack a bit and the results are better than they probably have any right to be. So, while it isn’t going to be the best movie you see this year, you’ll at least be able to sit-down and watch it without fear of it wasting your time overall, even if like most indie films you’ll see a few moments that make you want to pull your hair out.
One of the stars of this movie is Pierson Fode. Fode kicks around these days on a soap called The Bold and the Beautiful. If you are used to seeing him there, it can be a bit of a shock seeing the guy playing the part and character he plays here. The rest of the cast look about like you expect in a movie like this. You get a good-looking bunch, and we get some mixed results with their performances, but that’s the norm when it comes to indie horror after-all. Still, you get some interesting stuff, you get a cool looking killer, and it even comes with a few surprises, so if you want to check-out Kill Game, I think you’ll find a perfectly acceptable pop-corn horror flick that might not stick with you, but won’t offend you while watching either.