Written by: Michael Den Boer on December 4th, 2014
Theatrical Release Date: USA, 2012
Directors: Ronnie Khalil, Monroe Mann, Jorge Valdés-Iga
Writers: Monroe Mann, Ronnie Khalil, Bob Madia
Cast: Monroe Mann, Ronnie Khalil, Crystal Arnette, Kayle Blogna, Kate Costello, Justin Brown
DVD Release Date: December 9th, 2014
Approximate Running Time: 83 minutes
Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1 Anamorphic Widescreen
Sound: Dolby Digital Stereo English
DVD Release: Big Screen Entertainment
Region Encoding: Region 1 NTSC
Retail Price: $13.99
Synopsis: Six friends spend their vacation at lakeside home near where Stephen King lives.
Content wise, this film is not only a parody of the films and books written by Stephen King. Another strong influence on this film is the Stalker film genre, which this film also parodies. Also anyone who is even remotely familiar with the Stephen King’s fiction is bound to pick up on the numerous references to his literature and there are a few of the references even crop up in this films score, which has a music cue that sounds very familiar to music from Stanley Kubrick’s The Shining.
In other areas the cast of characters which populate this film are stereo typical prototypes that have become too familiar to horror film enthusiasts. For instance here is the make-up of the six friends, one is a young black man who screen time is cut all too short as he follows this genres blueprint to a tee when he becomes the first victim. Two of the characters are siblings (one of the siblings, the brother suffers from PSTD from his time in serving in the military as a cook), another character is a former girlfriend of one of the characters and there is the obligatory hot girl character and least but not least the nerdy virgin, who also happens to be the Stephen King expert.
From a production stand point the visuals are very effective and eerie when they need to be. Pacing is never an issues as things move along briskly and performance wise the entire cast are all good in their respective roles. The most memorable performance comes from Ronnie Khalil in the role of the aforementioned virgin character that knows way to much about Stephen King.
When all is said and done, though humor is what ultimately anchors this mildly entertaining satire. Horror enthusiasts are sure to be pleasantly surprised, when it comes to death scenes which are sufficiently bloody and at times gruesome.
Big Screen Entertainment presents You Can’t Kill Steven King in an anamorphic widescreen that retains this film’s intended aspect ratio. Colors and flesh tones look accurate and details generally look crisp. There is some mild instances of compression and edge enhancement varies in degree throughout.
This release comes with one audio option, a Dolby Digital stereo mix in English. Dialog comes through clearly and everything sounds balanced.
Extras for this release are limited a trailer for the film. Overall Big Screen Entertainment gives You Can’t Kill Stephen King gets a serviceable audio / video presentation.