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Reader plug: Murder Loves Killers Too

tn_mlktThis is not an official review, but I wanted to give some attention to a low budget independent slasher movie called MURDER LOVES KILLERS TOO which just hit DVD and was written and directed by one of my readers, Drew Barnhardt.

Every once in a while somebody sends me their no-budget movie and I’m afraid to watch it because I know they put their blood sweat and tears into it and I don’t want to have to tell them “yeah, sure, I watched it… yeah, good effort, I liked the, uh, some of the lighting was very professional” or whatever. So I had this thing sitting around for months and forgot about it and then for some reason I decided to put it in.

To my surprise MURDER LOVES KILLERS TOO is a very solid (if somewhat home made) slasher movie that’s just to my taste because it follows traditional slasher formulas and gets the mechanics right (tense chases and cat and mouse moments) but has a very weird and darkly humorous but not postmodern twist. There’s some funny shit, some cool DePalmian camerawork and I am told this is the first ever slasher movie with a reference to BARRY LYNDON. There’s not a huge amount of gore and it’s obviously the work of people with no money, but I had a fun time and hope I get to see Drew make a movie with a bit of a budget, because he seems to have the right idea. He told me he had that idea many people have after watching crappy DTV horror movies that he could do something better, but unlike most of us he then went out and did it.

My apologies to other readers whose works I meant to plug and didn’t, but I really want this one to succeed because he told me the idea he has for his next movie and it’s right exactly down the center of my alley.

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17 Responses to “Reader plug: Murder Loves Killers Too”

  1. Where would one get a hold of this?

  2. Is Steven Seagal in it?

  3. Hey, i want to see that movie.

  4. The distributor is called Well Go and its websight lists the usual corporate monoliths as having it, so I assume most places that carry that sort of thing.

  5. Print this on the DVD cover:

    “There’s some funny shit, some cool DePalmian camerawork and I am told this is the first ever slasher movie with a reference to BARRY LYNDON.”

    – Outlaw Vern

    In many circles this is a better endorsement than Ebert could provide…

  6. Cool stuff. I like hearing things like this. Congratualtions to Drew for going out and doing it. Definitely interested in the whole process and budget, distributing, etc. it took to get it made. Oh, and actually seeing it too.

  7. I watched it, and it is pretty damn solid. The characters aren’t too annoying, the camerawork is interesting, and it keeps switching up the format every 20 minutes or so, so you don’t get bored. Plus the music’s cool and it’s only 74 minutes long, which is the perfect length for this kind of thing. It comes in, does its dirty, sinful business, and gets the fuck out before you get sick of it. I think this guy’s got potential.

  8. Drew "The Giggler" B

    July 17th, 2009 at 11:42 pm

    Hey Majestyk,

    Drew here. Thanks for taking the chance on the no budget flick. And believe me, no one feels the low budget problems more than I.

    Whether he’d admit it or not, Vern and his writings were a big influence, if, for nothing else, let me know there were other like-minded individuals out there.

    Thanks again.


  9. Hey, no problem, man. I enjoyed it. I particularly liked how you used your location to your advantage with all the long takes that roved all over the house. It gave a good sense of the geography, so that when it came down to the cat-and-mouse stuff, I was already acquainted with the whole playing field. Great ending, too. Good luck with that new movie. I’ll watch it.

  10. Oh, by the way, Drew, I just watched the special features on the DVD, and I am jealous as hell of that Death Wish 3 poster you got in your office. Clearly you are a man of sophisticated tastes.

  11. Drew "The Giggler" B

    July 19th, 2009 at 9:30 pm

    Thanks for spotting that Majestyk. As my inside joke I positioned myself between my Death Wish 3 poster and my Bunuel ‘Phantom of the Liberty poster. That’s where I lay. Between those two.

    My bigger thrill was when our guy Vern mentioned me in his Death Wish 3 review. That’s when I felt like I had hit the ceiling and there was nowhere to go but down.


  12. Drew "The Giggler" B

    July 19th, 2009 at 10:48 pm

    Also, Majestyk… If we can find some way of covertly relaying email info, I’ll send ya a couple things that might be fun for a fellow Bronson and Slaher fan. Try sending me a heads up at my full name, plus ‘hotmail.com.’ Yeah. I could never be a good spyt. But I could aashoot some creeps while ating an ice cream.


  13. Anybody seen RONDO? It’s the sophomore feature from independent filmmaker/Outlaw Vern reader Drew Barnhardt, recently released on DVD and futuristic beaming services after a successful festival run, and I recommend it. It’s a sorta comic exploitation revenge thriller thingie with great style and a ton of personality. It’s obviously very low budget but extremely creative in how it utilizes that budget. It never feels like it needs to be bigger than it is, and in fact its modest scope is a huge benefit. It goes through multiple huge plot twists and tone changes extremely economically, with a slightly arch tone to the performances, visual approach, and score making it all gel. I’d describe the plot as Hitchcock. The script as Larry Cohen. The camerawork as De Palma. The soundtrack as Argento. The squibs Verhoeven. I don’t want to oversell it but it’s a different recipe for this kind of thing than you normally get.

    Full ethical disclosure: After the exchange seen in the thread above, Drew and I became internet friends, occasionally sending each other obscure soundtrack snippets and sharing our works in progress. I was lucky enough to read and give suggestions on an early draft of the script several years ago, and Drew let me see the completed film before it had its festival run. So I may be a little biased, but this is also the kind of style-heavy, personality-saturated pulp thriller that is right up my alley so I feel comfortable recommending it.

    He uses the word “filmatism” in his director’s commentary, you guys. He’s one of the good ones.

  14. Bias!! You sold out!! I hope all the money Drew gave you to pimp it was worth it!!

    Adding to the ‘ol queue and to-watch list now.

  15. I hadn’t found this site yet in 2009 when this article orginates from. But I’ll gladly check out both RONDO and MURDER LOVES KILLERS TOO. Sounds cool and great!!

  16. Geoffreyjar- I’m sure that when you see the flick that Majestyk will be exonerated in your eyes, as it is clear that Drew has absolutely no money.

    Thank you and thank you so for putting it in your queue and taking a chance on it. I hope you won’t be disappointed.

    And Tigger, MLKT was a seriously no-budget affair, but I tried to do it with some style. Hope you get a chuckle or two out of it. (Rondo is much more ‘me’ for better and for worse).

  17. I only email with one person from here.

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