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Serial Killing 101 (2004)





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Class is in session when a murderous psychopath makes the acquaintance of a suicidal, wannabe victim in this dark effort from first-time director Trace Slobotkin. There's nothing more in the world that Casey Nolan (Justin Urich) wants than to become the most notorious serial killer ever, and when he discovers that suicidal Sasha Fitzgerald (Lisa Loeb) would love to be his first victim, it seems like a match made in hell. The life of a serial killer is a difficult one though, and before Casey sets off on his murderous rampage he must be sure to plan his rise to infamy carefully. When the pair discover that another, more sinister serial killer is stalking the city, will their newfound knowledge be enough to stop him from stealing the spotlight from Casey?

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Thomas Haden Church
as Vince Grimaldi
Justin Urich
as Casey Noland
Lisa Loeb
as Sasha Fitzgerald
Rick Overton
as Mr. Korn
George Murdock
as Det. Ray Berro
Barbara Niven
as Donna Noland
Esther Scott
as Sally Lindon
Elise Ballard
as News Anchor
Corey Feldman
as Store Clerk
Jennifer Loto
as Marni Greenstein
Katherine D'Armond
as Girl Victim No. 1
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Not a very enjoyable movie.

Lafe Fredbjornson
Lafe Fredbjornson

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A promising premise is quickly denied the opportunity to even come close to fulfilling its potential in this horror-comedy film which is not too strong on the comedy and even less on the horror. Lisa Loeb is hot, and at the ripe old age of 37 managed to convincingly play a 17 year old, seeming no less out of place than the average 25 year old playing a high schooler in films of the genre. Thoams Haden Church is ridiculous, hillarious and almost singlehandedly responsable for keeping the film watcheable. The rest of the cast is forgettable, neither terrible nor wonderful. The direction is bland, tepid and the soundtrack is fucking awful and way, way overused. That the film is ultimately forgettable is a shame, because it raises some genuinely interesting ideas. Once the lead begins to do his research on serial killers in order to act more like them, for instance, his grades go up, his teachers congratulate him and his mother stops worrying as he is now a polite, clean-cut young man in the mold of Ted Bundy. This idea could have been pushed, explored to great satirical hillarity but the film pretty much mentions it in passing. Ultimately, for all its bluster, it is quite a tame piece which lacks the courage of its convictions.

Eduardo C
Eduardo C

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Took me more than halfway through this one to realize the director thought he was making a comedy. It's not even so-bad-it's-funny -- it's not funny at all, just bad.

Steve B.
Steve B.

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