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I Am Not a Serial Killer

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Ireland, United Kingdom, United States · 2016
1h 44m
Director Billy O'Brien
Starring Christopher Lloyd, Laura Fraser, Max Records, James Gaulke
Genre Drama, Horror, Mystery, Thriller

Fifteen-year old John Cleaver is obsessed with serial killers, and fears he may turn into one himself. Diagnosed as a sociopath, he's been keeping his homicidal thoughts at bay for his entire life. When a mysterious killer begins to stalk his hometown, he has to hunt down the murderer without letting his inner demons get the best of him.

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Time Out London by

The icky, well-teased, nightmarish climax is visually stunning for a low-budget project, though perhaps a touch too straight-up strange for some.


The New York Times by Daniel M. Gold

Mr. Records (the child actor in “Where the Wild Things Are”) is nimble and unsentimental in playing a character who is playing at normal, supported by a solid cast in a well-filmed indie that doesn’t let its low budget get in the way of some true chills.


The Film Stage by Jared Mobarak

Records does his best Lou Taylor Pucci in the lead role, crazed yet innocent (his turn from Where the Wild Things Are unavoidably brought to mind). He imbues John with a sense of longing, out-of-place and out-of-touch with social cues delivered his way.


The A.V. Club by Katie Rife

What sets I Am Not A Serial Killer apart from other takes on this “killers hunting killers” concept (Dexter, anyone?) is its naturalistic, character-based approach.


Village Voice by Michael Atkinson

It's not a riot, though the Midwest textures are sharp (especially for an Irish filmmaker in an entirely Irish production), and the idea of witnessing a killing spree from the p.o.v. of a town's funeral home is full of rich discomfort.


New Orleans Times-Picayune by Mike Scott

It's a dark, troubled world that O'Brien has created, and one that's not without its occasional predictabilities. (As soon as you see Christopher Lloyd in the cast, you know he'll figure into the plot at some point. And you'd be right.) Still, it's one that -- like "Stranger Things" -- proves hard to resist.


Slant Magazine by Oleg Ivanov

The film comes unsettlingly close to being an apologia for the kind of violence that stems from adolescent disaffection.

25 by Simon Abrams

The arbitrary value of life in I Am Not a Serial Killer makes its nature as an ostensibly character-driven mystery that much harder to swallow. Don't bother with this nonsensical time-waster.

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