Driven by the intriguing idea of dueling serial killers, this low budget thriller is highly creepy. Sociopath Aric Blue (Rick Ganz) explains in voice-over the finer points of his avocation murder. His day job as a mortgage
salesman is a cover for his nocturnal trolling; Blue always stalks his victims in advance, favors the motive-free murder of strangers, scrupulously avoids leaving any evidence behind and regularly changes his modus operandi to confuse the police. The one day another madman beats Aric to the punch, stabbing to death a multi-plex projectionist Aric had intended to kill. This diabolical second killer slips into Aric's home and taunts him, challenging Aric to a slaughter contest that will ultimately lead to a face-off between them. Realizing that his rival must have hired a detective, Aric does the same. After learning the other private eye's identity, Frank Cooper (Trent), Aric breaks into his home and accesses his computer. The lethal game of one-upmanship escalates. Aware that homicide police have staked out the multi-plex, Aric outdoes his nemesis by killing several moviegoers at the same theater where the projectionist worked. Aric's nemesis than kills one of Aric's real estate clients out of sheer spite. He also obtains tidbits of personal information by dating and then threatening Aric's co-worker Barb (Lisa Michele). Realizing his cover is blown at work, Aric enlists the help of another co-worker, gun enthusiast Ken (Jeff Kipers), in tracking down his stalker. Aric's inverse alter ego is slick enough to ambush him at Cooper's home, but Aric may be one step ahed in this game of 'may the worst man win.' Minimalist perfomances actually make these mind games for the empathy-challenged feel more chilling, and writer-director Paul C. Kangas also made a virtue of budgetary constraints that made it necessary to post-sync the film's dialogue. He cut it to a minimum and used the ensuing feeling of spareness to enhance his depiction of the moral vacuum that fills the space where Aric's conscience should be.
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- Released: 2003
- Rating: R
- Review: Driven by the intriguing idea of dueling serial killers, this low budget thriller is highly creepy. Sociopath Aric Blue (Rick Ganz) explains in voice-over the finer points of his avocation murder. His day job as a mortgage salesman is a cover for h… (more)