The Killing Death
Ian Russell, Lee Hansen
directed by Ian Russell
starring Jeremy Dangerfield, Tyhr Trubiak, Neil Reimer, Veronica Ternopolski, Stephen Washen, Darren Felbel, Caley Gibson, Jay Van Deventer, Christine Leong, Chris Cichelly, Ashleigh Lernout, David Annandale, Janat Blackmon, Patricia Johnston, Lee Hansen, Erin Soltess, Todd Hersak, Ryan Morton, Andrew Stobart, Corey Falvo, Sarah Dietrich
written by Ian Russell, music by Bogman
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A psycho's roaming the city ... and it's Phil (Neil Reimer), the
harmless looking young pizzaguy, whose favourite modus operandi it is to
show up at the places of people he's got a score to settle with and
pretend somebody prank-ordered a pizza in their name, and once he's
invited in, he murders them brutally and then takes some of their limbs or
organs - which he uses to ultimately create the perfect pizza.
cop Frank (Jeremy Dangerfield) and rookie cop Jimmy (Tyhr Trubiak) are on
the case, but all they have to go on is some hieroglyphs found with one of
the victims that suggest cannibalism - which promptly makes Frank to
arrest professor Thompson (Darren Felbel), who they've originally hired to
help them with the hieroglyphs, and then a hobo (Jay Van Deventer), just
because he was at the wrong place at the wrong time. Which all of course
gives Phil more and more of a head start when it comes to find all the
right ingrendiets for his perfect pizza ...
Now first things
first, The Killing Death was done on a very low budget - and it
shows, I won't lie to you. But for a change, this doesn't stand in the way
of the film being thoroughly entertaining. Basically it seems the
filmmakers were very aware of the film's shortcomings even at the
scripting stage and made up for this with a screenplay basically making
fun of the very fact, a screenplay influenced by the works of low budget
maestro Herschell Gordon Lewis no doubt, but not so much for its gore
content but its relentless tongue-in-cheek approach, its likeable
crudeness and its absolute intention to entertain. So if you have a
predilection for the macabre, there's plenty in this one to laugh about,
be entertained by, maybe even freaked out by. No masterpiece for sure, but
maybe a minor cult gem ...