The dark, moody thriller Kill for Me is yet another film that explores—and exploits—the female roommate relationship (remember Leighton Meester’s The Roommate?). In this film the roommates are Amanda (Katie Cassidy, currently practicing law on Arrow) and Hailey (Tracy Spiridakos, currently shooting arrows on Revolution). Both women are escaping from abusive pasts—Amanda from her ex-boyfriend, Hailey from her father—and inexplicably finding great comfort in each other’s arms.
Amanda blames her ex Cameron (Torrance Coombs) for the disappearance of her old roommate. When Cameron gets too violent while stalking Amanda, trying to prove his innocence and love, Hailey defends her new roommate with a well-placed ax in his back.
The girls work together to hide the body, but Hailey seems to have designs of her own. She guilts Amanda into killing her father, Garret (Donal Logue), saying “I killed for you; now you kill for me.” From there, writers Christopher Dodd, Michael Greenspan, and Christian Forte pack in some exciting twists to liven up what would seem a straightforward thriller (in eerily similar fashion to Side Effects).
For a straight-to-DVD film starring relatively unknown TV actresses, director Michael Greenspan manages to bring out some subtlety in his film. Cassidy does a great job of conveying her emotions, making Amanda a compelling character to follow. Spiridakos and Logue are also compelling in their roles, making their twists much more believable when they occur. The screenplay, too, relies on less overt forms of exposition to relay the story—although Amanda’s quest to find her old roommate will explicitly haunt her throughout the film.
Had Kill for Me been released in theaters it would have certainly tanked, but with this DVD release, it can build a small audience of fans at home. Cassidy’s moodiness will draw you into the story, and the inevitable twists and turns will keep you entertained to the end.
DVD Bonus Features
The disc only has a basic behind-the-scenes featurette, which ends up being amusing because Katie Cassidy is so delightful.
"Kill for Me" is on sale February 12, 2013 and is rated R. Thriller. Directed by Michael Greenspan. Written by Christopher Dodd, Michael Greenspan, Christian Forte. Starring Donal Logue, Katie Cassidy, Torrance Coombs, Tracy Spiridakos.