I Am Not A Serial Killer is a film based on a 2009 book by Dan Wells of the same name. The book is the first installment of the John Wayne Cleaver trilogy by Wells. I haven't read the book, but have watched the film, now available streaming on Netflix, and I can't recommend it enough!
The synopsis: A teen whom everyone thinks will grow up to be a serial killer must connect with his dark tendencies as he tries to solve a series of grisly murders in his small Minnesota town.
This will undoubtedly make my best of 2016 list! I loved everything about this film from Max Records' performance as John Wayne Cleaver to the opening on Halloween to the bleak Minnesotan landscape as the timeline progresses through winter to the quirky characters, including Christopher Lloyd as an older neighbor to the tense storyline.
I really liked the character of John Wayne Cleaver - a misfit teen who has shown signs of possibly becoming a serial killer. He is knowledgeable about serial killers, helps out his family prepare bodies for burial in their funeral home, terrorizes school bullies, doesn't mind lending a helping hand to his elderly neighbors, and just seems like he would be a fun guy to hang out with!
When murders begin in the small town, he believes they are all connected and that they are the work of a serial killer and he begins investigating them. This creates some fantastically tense scenes as John begins to follow suspects and get into some nearly heart-stopping predicaments.
The film also has some wry humor and seriously creepy vibes at times. It is really character-driven, so don't expect the focus to be on the gory murders. In fact, it is more of a thriller than straight-up horror, but it still manages to unnerve and surprise.
I Am Not A Serial Killer is the kind of movie that is best going in cold, without watching any trailers or reading any reviews (I even think the Netflix description may give too much away). So go watch it without any preconceived notions or expectations!
You can watch I Am Not A Serial Killer now on Netflix streaming or buy it on Amazon!