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Amateur Porn Star Killer (2007)

Amateur Porn
Star Killer


Shane Ryan wrote, directed and acted in this psudo-snuff film with co-writer / actress Michiko Jimenez.  This film might win the award for smallest budget on any of the films that I've reviewed as it was shot for $45.  It has the look of a home movie which has the effect of making it all the more creepy.  No-budget films often suffer from bad audio, but this movie actually seems to benefit from it in terms of being more like an actual home video.  With the name Amateur Porn Star Killer, I don't think I can away give much about the story...in fact, there really isn't much of a story to give away.  However, I can say that the the victim in the film isn't supposed to be a star.  Maybe the title Killer of Chicks in Home Made Porn Videos was too cumbersome, so some artistic liberties were taken with the title.  Either way, if the title offends you, I can pretty much guarantee that you probably shouldn't watch the movie.  It may be a little misleading, but it does give you a pretty good idea of what you're getting yourself into.

The film starts out shot first person in black and white by the main character Brandon (Shane Ryan) as he picks up a young girl named Stacey (Michiko Jimenez).  Brandon takes Stacey back to a hotel room where he asks her personal questions while she becomes more and more uncomfortable.  She tells him that she is 18 and lives with her mother, but as the story goes on she admits to being quite a bit younger.  Of the 71 minutes of the film, approximately half is devoted to awkward conversation cut with clips of sex with a different girl.  About half way through the movie, it changes from grainy black and white to even grainer color as Brandon gets Stacy to shyly strip and give him a very poorly lit blowjob before he kills her off camera.  Because of the way that the film is shot, you really don't see everything as if you were watching porn, but you do see more than you would in an R-rated movie.  However, the idea isn't to show the viewer sex acts as much as to make the viewer uncomfortable with the darker side of human sexuality and they certainly succeeded in that respect.  

In addition to the film, the DVD contains a crime scene tour, an interview, several trailers and five short films by Shane Ryan with similar themes of sex and violence.

Gore-o-meter rating: 0 out of 5 (No gore)

Skin-o-meter: 3 out of 5 (It's tough to see much due to the picture quality, but there is skin)