Starring: Debbie Rochon, Dani Thompson, Suzi Lorraine, Lucinda Rhodes
Directed By: Dustin Ferguson
Year of Release : 2016
The hope with a movie like Serial Killer is that it turns into one of those ultra-low budget gems because it is either that good, that campy, or that bad it’s really good. Unfortunately, those hopes were dashed about ten minutes into the film. The film stars longtime Scream Queen Debbie Rochon, along with more recent members of the Scream Queen crowd, Dani Thompson (who is credited with co-writing the film) and Suzi Lorraine.
The muddled story begins with a flashback that honestly serves no valuable purpose to the main plot of the film other than to ripoff films like Psycho and Sleepaway Camp about a confused gender antagonist. Of course the main plot is a barely there excuse for a humiliated guy to kill phone sex models so we are not exactly talking about War and Peace. At any rate we have a phone sex TV show called “Babeilicious” where guys call in to talk to hot models that cavort around on a bed in lingerie and take their callers for every dollar. Behind the scenes the models are hardly as warm and welcoming, fighting amongst themselves or flaming a waitress named Steph (Rochon) who works at the club they frequent, even scornfully encouraging her to audition for the channel even though they know she is too old.
Tanya (Thompson) finishes with one caller and then goes on to mock him when the call ends, not realizing the mic is still on and her disgraced customer heard every word. Soon after, the power goes out at the studio. The electronically controlled doors virtually seal the women inside like a prison…because, you know…that would REALLY happen. Soon a killer is stalking the studio and models are disappearing in gruesome and gory fashion, one by one.
Serial Killer isn’t a diamond in the rough. It’s more like a turd on an overgrown lawn. The acting is bad even for a no-budget production. Even a longtime pro like Rochon seems lost and bored by the material. Further, the film sells itself on the promise of titillation. And I mean if a little T & A is all you have going for yourself, then that’s find. But even that is a bait and switch. The few moments of actual nudity are fleeting and were left with a film where a bunch of hot strippers rarely take off their clothes.
While there are a few creative and gory kills it can’t do much to save the rest of this mess. Definitely one to avoid unless you are a true connoisseur of bad slasher films.