Written by: Michael Den Boer on March 6th, 2006
Theatrical Release Date: USA, 2005
Director: Justin Paul Ritter
Writer: Justin Paul Ritter
Cast: Helene Udy, Todd Gordon, Jun Hee Lee, Taylor M. Dooley, Nicole Jarvis, Lee Perkins
DVD Released: February 28th, 2006
Approximate Running Time: 100 minutes
Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1 Anamorphic Widescreen
Sound: Dolby Digital Sorround
DVD Release: Heretic Films
Region Coding: Region 1 NTSC
Retail Price: $19.95
KatieBird Wilkins is a disturbed young woman whose father taught her at a very young age the finer points of murder and torture. Years later Katiebird is ready to stop the killing but only after she kills one last victim her Psychiatrist.
KatieBird – Certifiable Crazy Person is told through a series of flashbacks that show how Katiebird became the killer she has become. The film was shot, edited, written and directed Justin Paul Ritter who had worked years before for independent film maverick Roger Corman.
Many films been made about psycho killers, still Ritter injects new life into the genre by giving us the window into the killers past so that we can fully appreciate just how she became so fucked up. The film is bleak from the beginning tell the very end. There is plenty of violence in this film is not for the faint of heart as it is shown in its rawest most brutal form. The score for Katiebird is inspired and downright eerie.
The acting in this film is extremely good especially the two actresses’ Taylor M Dooley and Helene Udy who play Katiebird during her teenage and adult years. The use of split screen in the film I found to be annoying after a while and this technique is best used only sparingly. The best example of how to use split screen effectively is during the scene when Katiebird chases the boy who broke her heart through the woods. This cat and mouse like chase works perfectly because of the use of the split screen.
Katiebird is an extremely effect thriller that gets under your skin and leaves you with a dirty feeling inside.
Heretic Films presents Katiebird in an anamorphic widescreen that preserves the films original aspect ratio. The colors look nicely saturated with lush blues and deep reds. Details look crisp and sharp through out.
This release comes with only one audio option the films original English language mix which is presented in a Dolby Digital stereo. The audio is crystal clear and always easy to follow. The music and effects pack a lot of punch and they sound evenly balanced.
Extras for this release include a trailer and teaser for Katiebird as well as trailers for Sacred Flesh, Red Cockroaches, London Voodoo, Last Exit, Cold Blood and I’ll Bury You Tomorrow. There is also a brief segment about the special effects used in the film that runs just shy of two minutes. Other extras include a fifteen minute featurette titled “Movies Not Excuses” which includes interviews with various cast and crew. The bulk of this extra is mad up clips with director Justin Paul Ritter who repeats over and over again his mantra of people needing to get off their asses and follow their dreams or they will never happen. While Ritter’s comments do become repetitive the rest of the cast and crew have a lot of interesting things to say. The main extra for this release is an audio commentary with Justin Paul Ritter, Helene Udy, Lee Perkins and Taylor M. Dooley. The audio commentary is crammed full of information as everyone has plenty to say about the film and Justin Paul Ritter is the most vocal of the group. Rounding out the extras is liner notes written by Justin Paul Ritter and the films complete score on CD. Only the first five thousand copies of Katiebird will come with the CD soundtrack. I am a huge fan of film scores and as always I love when they are included as an extra. The music on this CD is mostly guitar driven and it is best described as eclectic. There are four Easter eggs hidden on this DVD release.
Heritic Films continue to find obscure films that demand to be seen by a wider audience and their Katiebird DVD is their most impressive release to date, highly recommended.
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