If David Cronenberg dropped acid while directing a Dexterprequel with a supernatural twist, it would probably look a little something like I Am Not a Serial Killer. Starring Max Records (all grown up from his appearance in Where the Wild Things Are) and a brilliant turn by Back to the Future’s Christopher Lloyd, the film is a darkly heartfelt, astonishingly foreboding, and imaginatively sinister tale of a teenager battling to repress his violent, psychopathic urges. Raised in a mortuary, John’s own nascent urge to murder makes him a perfect amateur sleuth when an organ-harvesting serial killer strikes his folksy Mid-Western town. Directed by BAFTA-nominated filmmaker Billy O’Brien (Isolation) and shot on grainy 16mm by Robbie Ryan (hot off lensing Ken Loach’s Palme d’Or winner I, Daniel Blake and Andrea Arnold’s Jury prize winner American Honey), I Am Not A Serial Killer is resplendent with the DP’s trademark naturalism, turning the snow-covered town into a character all of its own, engulfing the characters and evoking a pathos and horror that lands a one-two knockout combination!
Dir: Billy O’Brien | 2016 | USA | 104mins | Sydney Premiere
“O’Brien conjures an infectious sense of place on a small budget: dark but never dreary, haunting but oddly cheerful”
"O'Brien doesn't just create an engrossing, perturbing, and oddly cheery character study. He proves that there is a way to cinematically adapt the new wave of literary horror...breathtakingly innovative, delightfully ghoulish, and insightfully unconventional."
SXSW Film Festival 2016
Fantasia Film Festival 2016
Melbourne International Film Festival 2016