SLASHER MONTH: Random Acts of Violence (2019)

Based on the 2010 comic of the same name by Jimmy Palmiotti and Justin Gray, this film stars Jesse Williams as a comic book creator whose work is being used to create real-life murders, which is concerning, as the comic itself is based on the unsolved killings of a maniac named the Slasherman.

After nearly a decade in production, this film has finally emerged. Written, produced and directed by Jay Baruchel, who usually shows up in much more comedic fare, this is a dark journey into being a creator and what happens when your audience takes things too far.

Jordana Brewster (The Fast and the Furious films) is in this as Kathy, Todd’s girlfriend and Niamh Wilson (Saw III and Saw V) as Aurora, Todd’s assistant, who are all brought into a world of horror that spills from the comic pages and into their waking lives.

I like the juxtaposition between Kathy writing about the victims at the same time that Todd is glorifying their deaths through his work, which he just can’t figure out an ending to.

This hasn’t received many good reviews, but it’s not all that bad. You may be put off by the comic scenes or some of the pretentious voice-overs, but it does deliver on the gore and at least makes you think about the people that get killed way more than most slashers ever would.

You can watch this movie exclusively on Shudder.

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