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« on: January 09, 2009, 02:22:45 AM »

Monster Hunter
aka Natural Selection
Rated: R
3 Slimes
Submitted by: TimTE01

The Characters

Willie Dickenson: A serial killer in the past...er, present...maybe it's the future.  This movie's odd format confuses me.  Kills nearly everybody.
Louis Dehoven: DAVID CARRADINE!  Very deranged FBI Agent.  Hunting down a killer has driven pretty crazy.  Sadly meets his end off-screen and inexplicably.
Sally Dickenson: The killer's wife.  Her pregnancy has her worried and him happy as a clam.  Too bad a copycat killer offs her.
Glenn Royce: Copycat killer and fan of Willie.  Meets his end at the hands of his idol, smiling the whole time.  Played by Billy Drago's son, so he looks odd.
Interviewees: Numerous people are interviewed for the documentary portion.  High points include Willie's evil mom, the odd parents of one victim (one of whom is Stephen Root) and a weird psychologist.

Plot

This movie is nearly impossible to explain properly.

It is a horror film that is supposed to be a documentary.  Except that it shows certain points in the present tense.  Other parts are later described in the past tense, but only after it is dramatized.  I'll stop now before I go any more insane than I already am.

A serial killer has become very famous in a small town.  A documentary filmmaker has come there to get the whole story on him.  He begins to interview all of his family members and the investigating officers.  Around this time, we are also treated to an 'hilarious' montage of people being attacked and killed by Willie Dickenson.  One high point involves a bound and wounded man hopping to the door with the killer in tow.  Strange stuff.

We learn about Willie and his home life.  He is a mailman and his wife is pregnant.  He is very excited, though the wife pictures it going dramatically different.  She has one of the movies numerous 'freak out' moments when she gives the news.  She sees him as some sort of devil surrounded by red light.  He looks more like the Devil from "Glen or Glenda" though.

In the past, a somewhat unhinged FBI investigator has come to town to find the killer.  He starts out strong by knocking out a policeman, having a vision of a murder victim turning into a demon and staking it.  He's very good.  We are never really told certain things about this.  Why did he have to knock out the guard?  The guy was not even in the room with the body.

His next attempt is to stalk the killer at his home.  This goes slightly better, although his attempts at a cover are less than stellar.  He pretends to be a bird watcher, despite not knowing the name of any birds.  He also nearly trips over his own car as he backs up.  Not helping!  After a while, he confronts him on an abandoned strip of road, shotgun and cross in hand.  Somehow, this doesn't work.

The film cuts intermittently to a series of interviews.  We learn many curious things.  For example, Willie loved to pleasure himself.  He was also mocked and tortured by his parents.  This bears no relation on his future as a sociopath.  We also learn that one of the victim's parents were very upset by his death.  Wait, that's not it.  They were upset because they had to leave a festival to come back and identify the body.  I was close.

Around this time, a psycho fan keeps following Willie around.  Self-centered person that he is, the killer ignores him.  When he goes to Willie's house and kills his wife, it sort of gets his attention.  The guy gets the snot beat out of him, but takes it very well.  His bloodied face is all smiles, even while being choked to death.

Of course, this is all a documentary about a famous killer, so we know that Mr. Dickenson is discovered and meets his appropriate fate.

Were you expecting more from a film whose only positive review on the DVD cover is from Quentin Tarantino?  It says simply "This movie is awesome."  That's going a little far, Q.

Lessons Learned


Corpses are deadlier than people think.
Red tailed hawks are common to film sets.
People randomly turn into demons on cue.
Cars blow up with a few shots.
Also, when in doubt, jump before your car blows up.
Frying pans are deadly in real life too.
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