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Hunting Humans

Review by: 
Don't Feed the Dead
Release Date: 
2002
Studio: 
MTI/Redrum
Genre: 
Serial Killer
Format: 
DVD
Region: 
1 NTSC
Aspect Ratio: 
1.33:1
Directed by: 
Kevin Kangas
Cast: 
Rick Ganz
Bubby Lewis
Movie: 
4
Extras: 
4
Bottom Line: 
4

  Dead man says: Keep your eye on Kevin Kangas! Expecting nothing more than a second rate serial killer movie, I was pleasantly surprised to discover a wonderful storyline that carried Hunting Humans from start to finish flawlessly. The idea of Hunting Humans is unique and refreshing, two words often avoided when speaking of serial killer movies. The plot entails a serial killer, Aric Blue and his meticulous ways of choosing his prey based on living patterns. Aric does not get caught, ever, and this is a result of his effective method of researching potential victims and executing their deaths only after their pattern has been learned and situated so that all incriminating factors will not lead to the predator.
 
Albeit, the acting in Hunting Humans is second rate, but the dialogue, both internal and interactive is too significant and cognitive to ignore. I have never seen a movie that paralleled the methodology of successful serial killers so closely, almost to a point where you begin to wonder where the acting ends and the reality of the situation begins. Rick Ganz (as Aric Blue) is a physical specimen and does a superb job of juxtaposing the conflict of professionalism and impulse. As a successful serial killer, Aric must stick to his habits that have kept him from getting caught, while curtailing his temperament to off unsuspecting civilians that seem to agitate him. The opening of the movie details Aric’s methodology and is exemplified with the murder of a single woman in her home, after a lengthy narrative on how she lives her life after work. The narrative continues fifteen minutes into the movie while Aric is driving around, offering glimpses into the serial killer’s past accomplishments. Time is spent jumping back and forth between past murders and Aric’s present day life as an insurance salesman. Aric begins to detail how he has planned the murder of a reel man at the local movie theater, with scenes depicting his stealth P.I. work at the movie theater.
 
However, he is ultimately surprised to find that the reel man that he had planned to kill is already disposed of by another serial killer that has been studying Aric’s patterns. This is a fantastic plot twist on a mediocre movie! Aric begins to reach the point of paranoia and ultimately hires a private investigator hunt down the man that’s hunting him. The P.I. begins to do his job, whilst Aric slowly loses his mind, suspecting everyone of being his personal stalker. He has a few visualizations of the stalker being a co-worker, and we’re treated to a dream sequence where King Dork Ken at the insurance co. offs all of the employees in an effort to impress Aric. Unfortunately, I refuse to delve deeper into the storyline, because after the hiring of the P.I. and the dream sequence, the plot unfolds at a rather rapid rate.
 
Although I am emphatic about Hunting Humans, it does have its major shortcomings. For one, the acting is pretty bad, and is circumstance to low budgeting and crew cameos. Looking past the dialogue is one thing, but the way in which the characters carried themselves was pretty stiff, and offered nothing more than high school drama achievements. Another sticking point that lowered the rating from me was that roughly 75% of the movie was narrative based, which secludes the viewer from gaining an accurate feel for the victims. The un-redeeming value of this aspect is that the little dialogue that is spoken between characters is meaningless, and pushes the viewer back towards the narrative, which has long since become trite after the first 15 minutes of the movie.
 
On the flipside, the plot to Hunting Humans is killer, and executed better than any other serial killer movie I have seen. Rick Ganz is the only actor in the movie worthy of being noticed, and should be considered for recurring roles as a sociopath. His meticulous description of the methodology of killing was impressive to say the least, and his portrayal of a paranoid sociopath was dead on. Kevin Kangas obviously did his homework on the subject and pulled out all stops in his efforts to detail a successful killer. I am trying to obtain a copy of the script for personal reasons, and also because I would much rather enjoy the story for what it truly is, sans the acting.
 
The DVD contains the run of the mill scene selection and Director commentary, but also offers a gag reel and an intimate look into the making of a good serial killer. This little documentary was informative, and showed that Kangas went the extra yard to perfect his lead character. The gag reel was kinda silly, not offering a lot of laughs, but rather recalling the shite performances you already saw in the original movie.
 
If you are into GOOD serial killer movies, go to Blockbuster and do yourself a favor: rent this movie and enjoy it for its accuracy and execution.
 

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