Another dark street, another serial killer, another bad movie. Jason Gedrick stars as an avant garde composer-musician framed for a series of "artistic" murders.
Peter (Gedrick), his girlfriend, perky blond TV reporter Nellie (Jennifer Steen), and his strange best pal, performance artist Teddy (Stephen Shellen), all live in the same arty loft building together. The two guys scrounge for gigs while Nellie scores professional points by covering the doings
of "AK," the "Artistic Killer."
AK murders people and arranges them as famous paintings. Far from provoking fear, however, AK instead attracts fans with his grisly visionary statements. For Peter, the deadly pop phenomenon hits close to home in other ways when a couple of admiring AK copycats (Gary Farmer, Sam Malkin) mug
Peter and set him in a giant frame, though without killing him. It hits even closer to home when the killer begins leaving clues at the scenes of his crimes that implicate Peter. The situation is at it most grim when Peter is found unconscious with the corpses of the two muggers and Nellie
disappears. Just as the police get ready to put Peter away, Teddy--who is really AK--shows up at Peter's loft with a terrified Nellie in tow. Rather than using the couple to "paint" his final masterpiece, however, Teddy decides to join his fans in the street below by diving out Peter's window to
The most obnoxious character in most movies, the perky TV reporter, is actually the most agreeable character in STILL LIFE; at least she has a job and does it with reasonable professionalism. Otherwise, this is the kind of movie in which we know Peter's music is avant garde because it's
electronic and sounds like cats being strangled in an oil drum. We know Teddy can't be anything but a performance artist because he appears on stages before audiences even though he can neither tell a joke nor act. We also know he's the killer so early in the film that he could easily be mistaken
for a red herring. In order to do that, however, it would be necessary to mistake STILL LIFE for a good film. It seems to want to make a statement about the intricate relationship between art, mass media and violence, but the closest it comes is having Teddy live beneath Peter's loft so he can be
driven into homicidal rages by having to listen to Peter's cat-strangling compositions at all hours. In fact, STILL LIFE unfolds so lazily and sloppily that it's too easy to forget it's even supposed to be a suspense thriller most of the time, much less a statement about our life and times.
(Profanity, violence, sexual situations.)
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- Released: 1993
- Rating: PG-13
- Review: Another dark street, another serial killer, another bad movie. Jason Gedrick stars as an avant garde composer-musician framed for a series of "artistic" murders. Peter (Gedrick), his girlfriend, perky blond TV reporter Nellie (Jennifer Steen), and his s… (more)