Written by: Michael Den Boer on June 7th, 2009
Theatrical Release Date: USA, 2008
Director: Drew Barnhardt
Writer: Drew Barnhardt
Cast: Christine Haeberman, Allen Andrews, Mary LeGault, Nigel Lambert, Kathryn Playa, Scott Christian, Ryan Franks, Kelly Devoto, Kat Szumski, John Jenkinson
DVD released: June 16th, 2009
Approximate running time: 75 minutes
Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1 Anamorphic Widescreen
Sound: Dolby Digital 5.1 English, Dolby Digital Stereo English
DVD Release: Well Go USA
Region Coding: Region 0 NTSC
Retail Price: $19.98
Murder Loves Killers Too is the feature film debut of writer / director Drew Barnhardt. The plot for Murder Loves Killers Too, is a throwback to the stalk and slash horror film’s of the early 1980’s. Very little time is given to any characters back-stories. The bulk of the killings happen early on, with the final two acts revolving around the lone survivor from the group of friends who are introduced at the beginning of the film and the killer. After the initial bloodletting the film shifts more towards a cat and mouse game in which the killer has something more special in-store for his last victim.
The killings are not as bloody or visceral when compared to other slasher films. There is some brief nudity when one of the girls makes out with her boyfriend on a pool table. In the scenes where the killer stalks his last victim the film does a good job building up tension. The film’s final act goes into yet another direction before throwing in one final gotcha. Performances are a notch above other independent horror films with the film’s lead Christine Haeberman in the role of Aggie (the killers last victim) being the film’s best performance. Ultimately Murder Loves Killers Too is an uneven horror film that echoes familiar territory.
Well Go USA presents Murder Loves Killers Too in an anamorphic widescreen that preserves the film’s original aspect ratio. Colors look good and flesh tones look accurate. Black levels fare well and details look crisp throughout. This transfer has not been flagged for progressive playback.
This release comes with two audio options a Dolby Digital 5.1 mix and a Dolby Digital stereo mix. Both audio mixes are in English. Both audio mixes sound clear, balanced and robust.
Extras for this release include a trailer for the film (1 minute 48 seconds), an photo gallery with 12 images from the film and a fourteen ½ minute segment titled “Title Madness”, in which the film’s director Drew Barnhardt literally reads out of a book alternate titles that were consider for this film. Other extras include three featurette’s, “Creating a Killer” (4 minutes 53 seconds), “Director’s Notebook” (8 minutes and 55 seconds) and “Music to Murder by: Scoring Murders Loves Killers Too” (11 minutes 41 seconds). Topics covered in these three featurettes include slasher genre killers, why the director choose to make a slasher and an in-depth look at the film’s score / soundtrack. The main extra include with this release is a seventeen and ½ minute making of featurette that includes comments from director Drew Barnhardt, actor Allen Andrews, actress Christine Haeberman, producer / editor Chris McKinley and director of photography Kevin Graves. This making of segment does a good job explaining the ins and outs of this production and there is also some behind the scenes footage integrated into this segment. Rounding out the extras is a mini replica of the films poster art. Overall Murder Loves Killers Too gets a fully loaded DVD release that covers all the bases, recommended.