Going around saying “I am not a serial killer” is a good way to get people to think you’re a serial killer. Naming your movie that is a good way to get people’s attention. Max Records of “Where the Wild Things Are” stars in Billy O’Brien’s film, which premiered at South by Southwest and comes out next month. Watch its evocative trailer below.
The footage is heavy on mood and shots of Christopher Lloyd on an elliptical but light on concrete details. For more of those, here’s the official synopsis: “Sixteen-year old John Cleaver (Max Records) is dangerous, and he knows it. He’s obsessed with serial killers, but really doesn’t want to become one. Terrible impulses constantly tempt him, so for his own sake, and the safety of those around, he lives by rigid rules to keep himself “good” and “normal”. However, when a real monster shows up in his town he has to let his dark side out in order to stop it – but without his rules to keep him in check, he might be more dangerous than the monster he’s trying to kill. The film is based on the first installment in the John Wayne Cleaver trilogy, a popular book series written by Dan Wells.”
O’Brien, who received a BAFTA nomination for his short film “The Tale of the Rat That Wrote,” also directed the features “Isolation” and “Scintilla.” “I Am Not a Serial Killer” will be released digitally on August 26.