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American Killing (2016)

Wichita (original title)
A lonely man's voyeuristic obsession with the private lives of his co-workers spirals into a desperate attempt for attention and a violent spectacle of horror.

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Matthew D. Ward
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Credited cast:
Trevor Peterson Trevor Peterson ... Jeb
Persia White ... Raven
Caitlin Gerard ... Natalie
Demetri Goritsas ... Clark
Christopher Wolfe ... Billy
Melinda Lee Melinda Lee ... Joan
Sondra Blake ... Mama
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Adam Carr ... Dickey
Stephen Cervantes Stephen Cervantes ... News Reporter (voice)
Jennifer Christopher ... Claudia
Lenny Citrano ... Mr. Charon
Max Kasch ... Bart
Clifford Morts Clifford Morts ... Preacher
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Jeb is a lonely filmmaker and creator of a failing TV show. A writing retreat in the mountains intended to save his show becomes a stage for the hidden cameras that intensify his obsession with his co-workers and the joy of manipulating their lives. But when Jeb is fired from the show, his alienation reaches a self-destructive climax, and he returns with his loyal camera for one final spectacle of horror and violence sure to be consumed by the masses.

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He who makes a beast of himself loses the pain of being human.

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Drama | Horror | Thriller

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"Wichita" was written, directed, produced, and scored by a group of film-school friends who graduated from USC's School of Cinematic Arts. See more »

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My Review Of "American Killing a.k.a Wichita"
31 July 2019 | by ASouthernHorrorFanSee all my reviews

The story, though slightly mundane, offers a quality psycho killer character study, with an entertaining dose of voyeurism and slasher horror. And, even with the microbudget look and feel, "American Killing" manages to be a fun watch. The start of the movie seems slightly clunky, the energy is nearly non-existent for the first 40 minutes, with hints of what is to come sprinkled in- just so you know something is off with this guy and things will pick up.

The working element for me was the cool way that Jeb blurs the line between protagonist and antagonist- really making you connect with him on both levels. Plus Trevor Peterson's performance is amazing. All in all most of the cast are good, which makes this low-budget chiller read as quality indie filmmaking. The things that work far exceed the things that don't.

I do wish there would have been a bit more gore to push this closer to those classic psycho flicks like "The Intruder", "Maniac" and "New York Ripper", but the softer approach (relatively speaking, there is plenty of killing in this one) still allows for a slow, creepy thriller worth checking out.


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Country:

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Language:

English

Release Date:

9 December 2016 (USA) See more »

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Snowmass Village, Colorado, USA See more »

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