Written by: Carroll Jenkins on November 18th, 2013
Theatrical Release Date: USA, 2012
Director: Billy Garberina
Writer: Devin O’Lea, Billy Garberina, Devin O’Leary, Jeremy Owen, Phil Duran, Alan Rowe Kelly, Jason Whitter, Joe Zaso, Michael Gingold
DVD Released: February 11th, 2014
Approximate running time: 91 minutes
Aspect Ratio: 1.78.1 Anamorphic Widescreen
Sound: Dolby Digital Stereo English
DVD Release: Camp Motion Pictures / Pop Cinema
Region Coding: Region 0 NTSC
Retail Price: $19.99
Synopsis: The honeymoon is over as husband and wife begin to drift apart seeking gratification and fulfillment without the benefit of their spouse. Probably just as well since they are both serial killers.
Certainly there are themes ‘borrowed’ from other movies, but this low budget serial killer comedy is a masterpiece of it’s kind on most every level: script, pacing, photography, acting, art direction. It’s primarily the product of producer / leading lady Raine Brown and director / leading man Billy Garberina. Raine has a long and studied career as an actress, but Billy not only holds his own but proves to be an inspired straight man. The duo make an exceptional comedic team.
Madcap mayhem is the name of the game which becomes increasing competitive as the contestants compete over body count and media coverage. Devin O’Leary’s script is incredibly deep and introspective given the subject matter, and in that respect is reminiscent of The Honeymoon Killers or perhaps Natural Born Killers. He dissects the anatomy of psychopathic romance with a sure hand that Raine and Billy bring forth for all to view. But I Heart U is also over-the-top hilarity with outrageous gore effects, absurd situations, and the blackest of humor; Eating Raoul and Death Race 2000 come to mind as examples of this aspect.
Most likely shot on video this film never-the-less has a filmic look. This is a great widescreen presentation that always looks fantastic and there are some great polarization effects that are very affective.
The Behind The Scenes extra is fabulous (watch it after the movie) though be advised to just skip the short film Deceit. The menu is a trick – you have to wait for the Polaroid picture to ‘develop’.
Put it all together and you have a movie that fires on all cylinders: essential viewing.