Starring: Max Records, Christopher Lloyd, Laura Fraser
Director: Billy O’Brien
I went into this film knowing very little about it, and just letting it unfold, and I loved it!
The story revolves around a teen John Cleaver (Records), who is struggling with his homicidal tendencies, in an American small town. When strange deaths start to occur, and the bodies pass through the funeral home his mother and aunt run, he suspects there might be a serial killer in town, and starts to look into it.
As much an investigation of the boys psyche, which is fascinating, as it is a mystery of who is killing people, and how and why (the answer is really awesome, but no spoilers here!), the film is measured, lingering and beautiful. The winter is bitter, cold, isolating, much like John Wayne Cleaver (no really, that’s his name).
The performances are powerful, especially Max Records, who completely blew me away, and the dynamic between all the characters, and the sense of dark humour that runs throughout is really something. It’s a wonderful antidote to the blockbusters out there, and is one of my favourite films of the year.
See It If: you like dark humour, thriller or mysteries, dark fairy tales, or films that are just a little bit different. Maybe one for those of you who didn’t fit in in High School?