Appellate Judge Tom Becker's belief in murderous penguins is known as the Krill Theory.
Deep down, we are all killers.
If Kill Theory were any more generic, it would come in a plain, white box marked Slasher DVD. It's neither a bad movie nor an especially good one; it's just so forgettable that it requires multiple viewings just to talk about it over a cup of coffee.
We open with a faceless killer talking to a shrink. Killer is about to be released from prison psych ward, but Shrink insists they continue their sessions anyway. Killer's Krime: During a mountain climbing trip, he cut loose three of his fellow climbers, and they fell screaming to their deaths. But he's awful sorry, and convinced that "anyone would have done the same thing." Apparently, it was a "them or me" situation.
We then join our group of bourgeoning new victims already in progress—an octet of recent college grads out for a laugh at one of those vacation homes that's "50 miles from the nearest neighbor" and, naturally, innocent of all cell phone signals. Why daft mountaineer decides to use them to prove his Kill Theory is a question you might not think to ask, although it's answered in what here amounts to a twist ending. No matter…We're here for a few plot rudiments, a little sex, and lots of gore.
A Little Sex
Lots of Gore
Unfortunately, Kill Theory lacks any real suspense or sense of fun. It takes itself very seriously, but it's hard for the audience to take seriously since the characters are all pretty one-note. They act as stupidly as any bunch of doomed campers, but that exhilarating kind of over-the-top horror is absent. I think the idea was to give us more realistic characters, but when the whole point of the film is to see people graphically slaughtered, it's easier and more interesting to keep track of The Slutty Girl, The Horny Guy, The Prankster, The Virgin, and other such slasher archetypes than these indistinct, slightly brooding partiers.
Kill Theory is one of this year's "8 Films to Die for" from After Dark Horrorfest. Lionsgate gives it a respectable release: solid anamorphic picture and good audio, a featurette in which the cast and director laud the production, some deleted scenes that make no sense in the context of the finished film, and a trailer.
A reasonable, if forgettable, slasher gets a decent release. Blah.
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