• Director: Billy O'Brien
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  • Producer: James Harris, Mark Lane, Nick Ryan
  • Cast: Christopher Lloyd, Max Records
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Fifteen - year old John Cleaver 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





"O'Brien doesn't just create an engrossing, perturbing, and oddly cheery character study. He proves that there is a way to cinematically adapt the new wave of literary horror spearheaded by Wells and Daryl Gregory (We Are all Completely Fine), catching their cerebral carnage. If we're all lucky, they'll be as breathtakingly innovative, delightfully ghoulish, and insightfully unconventional as what we can only hope is the beginning of the cinematic misadventures of John Wayne Carver."
"It’s closer in tone to the willful oddness of Donnie Darko than to conventional serial killer flicks. However there is plenty here to generate enthusiastic word of mouth, for example some extravagantly grisly visual flourishes - there is a sight gag involving entrails oozing off a gurney in the very first scene - plus a terrific turn from Christopher Lloyd and numerous gruesome, lens-splattering embalming sequences. The atmospheric photography from Robbie Ryan should ensure that the film’s appeal is not just limited to those with an appetite for gore."
"O'Brien conjures an infectious sense of place on a small budget: dark but never dreary, haunting but oddly cheerful."
Andrew Barker, VARIETY

"I Am Not A Serial Killer, an adaptation of a Dan Wells' novel of the same name, is the perfect mix of horror and suspense. It’s a gripping and taut story of small-town murders and the unbelievable monsters who commit them, as well as a character study about a boy just trying to figure out life. It might also be the best thriller in years."



  • 6 Award Nominations
  • 11 Award Wins