Some Guy Who Kills People carries the name of the legendary John Landis above its title as an executive producer. The title alone harkens back to that specific brand of Landis horror, the film that contains as many grins as it does gore (think about one of his best films, An American Werewolf in London, and how it is just as funny as it is frightening). Some Guy is not on par with those Landis classics, but it is an interesting take on the genre and a nice showcase for its lead actor, Kevin Corrigan.
Corrigan has had small parts and supporting roles in a variety of projects, ranging from The Departed to Pineapple Express. Yet Some Guy is a showcase for his own skills at blending black humor with heart. Corrigan plays Ken Boyd, an aspiring graphic novel artist who channels his despair and his lack of a life into his art. After a traumatic experience at the hands of the basketball team when he was in high school, Ken attempted suicide and was shipped off to the loony bin. Now Ken is back, working in the local ice cream parlor and trying to connect with both his precocious eleven-year-old daughter Amy (Ariel Gade) and a pretty blonde Brit named Stephanie (Lucy Davis, best known as Dawn from The Office, still lovely and charming). It seems as though he’s getting his life back on track and figuring out how to survive in society once again…except he also is hunting down his past tormentors and executing bloody vengeance upon them.
The plotline is rife with holes and some of the supporting performances are rather two-dimensional, but Some Guy isn’t without entertaining moments. As previously noted, Corrigan is great in the surprisingly complex role of Ken, as is Davis as his love interest and Barry Bostwick as the local Sheriff trying to solve the killings. The film is sprayed in a healthy dose of both blood and humor, which helps wash away the bad taste of some of the film’s more notable weaknesses. It’s a DVD worth checking out if you’re a fan of Landis’s genre-bending style.
DVD SPECIAL FEATURES
The single disc contains several bonuses, including a short film titled “The Fifth” that the script for Some Guy was inspired by. There is also the standard “Making Of” featurette, audio commentary, and trailer.
"Some Guy Who Kills People" is on sale July 3, 2012 and is rated R. Horror. Directed by Jack Perez. Written by Ryan Levin. Starring Barry Bostwick, Kevin Corrigan, Lucy Davis.