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When Dorine Douglas' job as proofreader for Constant Consumer magazine is turned into an at-home position during a downsizing, she doesn't know how to cope. But after accidentally killing one of her co-workers, she discovers that murder can quench the loneliness of her home life, as a macabre office place forms in her basement, populated by dead co-workers.
Here we have the classic case of a person that goes bananas while living with - and taking care of her controlling and demanding mother. But our crazy serial killer doesn't just take out her co-workers one by one in a attempt to channel her anger against her mother, it also gets her really popular in the office she works in.
You sure see where it's supposed to take us, what it wants me to experience and feel. And this could have been something good if they actually succeeded in making it both funny and horrifying. But sadly, I'm of the opinion that it's failing in both cases. Definitely more horror than comedy though, with some quite gruesome bits.
So... I am truly a dullard when it comes to the modern capital-A art scene. The only place I know Cindy Sherman from is John Waters' Pecker. Where she has a great little moment of offering the family's youngest daughter, a vehement vegetable-hater going Jason Voorhees on her plate of fancy lettuce and something purple I don't recognize, a Valium to settle her rage. To which, the tyke naturally takes offense and screams at her. (It was the late 90's and kids were just smarter than us back then.)
Therefore this film is going to come as a greater surprise, or not, to people other than myself who might be able to tell you all her former predilections toward "The…
Carol Kane is adorable AND creepy in this late 1990s "slasher/comedy" also starring Molly Ringwald. Honestly, Carol Kane made this movie.
If OFFICE KILLER were as good as Carol Kane, it would be CITIZEN KANE (pun intended). But instead, it's just quite a lot of fun, as Kane plays mousy worker Dorine who snaps after she accidentally kills one of the assholes in her office. Not that Dorine was all that well adjusted before, having caused the crippling of her mother (Alice Drummond) and the death of her lecherous father (Eric Bogosian, oozing sleaze).
She proceeds to go after others in the office and her life and make life hell for Kim (Molly Ringwald), who is the only one that sees she's a bit of a maniac. Still, it's hard as OFFICE KILLER progresses to not like Dorine better. Kane is just that good, walking an eccentric line between kooky and menacing. Director Cindy Sherman has fun with the material, too (with dialogue by Todd Haynes!), giving into the gory, dark comedy of it all.
I'm a big fan of Cindy Sherman's photography, so I have been looking forward to seeing this for a while. I was not at all disappointed. Beautiful and weird and funny and disgusting.
Carol Kane is one of those actors that, for me, is pretty consistently a guarantee of quality. I love her comedy. I love her frizzy hair. I love her voice which is like no other voice on earth and instantly recognizable. And I love her in Office Killer. I went into this vaguely expecting some dark office-themed humor along the lines of Office Space but, you know… just with more killing. There is a glimmer of that at first but it quickly becomes clear that it is very much it’s own animal and not an easy shot at the general frustrations of office work everywhere.
Kane plays a twitchy human shrew named Dorine. Dorine is a piece of furniture at…
Photographer Cindy Sherman's sole feature film, Office Killer is a wonderful little picture that is incredibly hard to categorize. It's comedic and campy in ways, while also playing on elements of horror and noir. Sherman composes some great looking frames, as one might expect from a visual artist such as she. Carol Kane's slowly unhinging performance is creepy and comedic, and it really makes the movie.
This is an odd film, but I don't necessarily think it's due to the tone teetering between horror and comedy. Rather I think it's all the odd shot framing and camera angles. The director is a photographer and I think that shows through, but as a viewer I feel (no doubt appropriately) alienated from the protagonist and what she does. It's just, yeah, very strange.
Strange mix of 90's indie film with a slasher. Carol Kane as the killer is an inspired choice and the gore is actually pretty harsh, but none of it can save the film. Not as bad as I was expecting.
#52FilmsByWomen pt. 24.
Some unexpectedly gruesome gore and a go-for-broke lead performance liven up what is essentially a quirky '90s-indie black comedy. Not quite my speed, but far from unwatchable.
Particularly enjoyed it's re-negotiating of Psycho, Carol Kane is at once Marion and Norman Bates as she drives out of town in the final moments. A fun slice of mischief.
It may be a less than great movie, but at least you've got a weapon-wielding Carol Kane!
Qu'est-ce que c'est?
Muy muy peculiar trabajo. Es una sátira, claramente, aunque nunca tan graciosa como para ser explotada. Su horror, al igual, es algo frío para causar un impacto. Entiendo por que su recepción no haya sido entusiasta. Sin embargo, Office Killer es, sin duda, una película de Cindy Sherman. Como en sus fotografías, eleva la realidad hasta convertirla en objeto. Como en sus fotografías, sus personajes son antes una colección de referencias que un personaje. Como en sus fotografías, la colorimetría está perfectamente calibrada. La composición también, noten como inicia fragmentando el cuerpo de su protagonistas, sin mostrar su cara, y vamos reconociéndola poco a poco conforme va empoderandose a través de los asesinatos. Tal vez Office Killer no logra efecto de invocar una historia que sus fotografía consiguen con aparente facilidad, pero es pasito dentro de la exploración de una artista, y como tal, me parece interesante. Autorismo, pues.
Cindy Sherman makes fun of herself. At the same time, i felt while watching it hers stills finally in movement.
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