Wednesday 1 February 2012

DVD review: The Thrill of a Kill (2011)

First of all I´d like to thank Lars-Erik Lie for sending me the screener on which this review is based.
After fighting with her mom, Kimsy (Kirsten Jacobsen) runs into the woods to cool off, a day of bloodshed and murder follows...  The Thrill of a Kill is a new low budget norwegian horror film directed by Lars-Erik Lie, he has also shot and edited the film and much more (he has received several credits). The camera work (a bit of shaky cam here and there which can be frustrating in some movies but here it works) and editing is mostly good.  I like the setting, the vast norwegian forest is an excellent scene and is used to good effect. Some parts of the soundtrack seems a bit odd while others are very good in establishing atmosphere. The special fx are standard indie fare, make no misstake about it there is quite a bit of gore but nothing impressive but as a gorehound I guess that I´m pretty jaded. But for me the main selling point ain´t the gore instead it´s the sheer nastiness and brutality as the nameless serial killer (Arve Herman Tangen) torments, rapes, tortures and kills his prisoners. We do get to see several flashbacks that explains the serial killer background as we see him as a young boy (Carl Arild Heffermehl). The acting in the film is uneven but Arve Herman Tangen is really good in his role.
The Thrill of a Kill is planned to be released on DVD by Another World Entertainment in April 2012.
Rating: 6 out of 7. The Thrill of a Kill is the feature length debut of Lars-Erik Lie and I look forward to see more of his work in the future.


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