A self-help addict unwittingly finds herself on a killing spree with her unhinged life coach.
Starring: Katie Brayben, Poppy Roe, and Ben Lloyd-Hughes
Directed and written by: Staten Cousins Roe
Some people are comfortable in their own skin, and where they are in life. Others struggle finding an identify, and their place in the world. For those who struggle why not search out for a little self-help from the so-called experts? There are plenty to try from, and if one doesn’t work you can always try another…and another…and another!
Well that is sort of what happens to Lou Farnt (Katie Brayden), who has found herself searching for self-help. Her favorite self-help expert is Chuck Knoah (Ben Lloyd-Hughes), and she listens to his tapes all the time. Obviously she's looking for help because she isn’t happy with where she is in her life, and isn’t sure how to make that big change. Along comes a chance encounter with self-help expert Val Stone (Poppy Roe), who encourages her to come on a journey with her.
Finally the real fun in this movie is about to begin. Lou is so happy to go on this adventure that she doesn’t realize there is something off about Val. Val isn’t just a self-help expert, but also a pretty good serial killer. Val takes Lou to several self-help groups for Lou to take in the experience, and then Val to kill them off. It presents a good opportunity for some humor with how the groups are set up, and a dose of horror in taking them out.
Ultimately, they are on the way to meet Lou’s favorite self-help expert outside of Val…Chuck. It’s here that things get even more crazy, and a twist is revealed…or is it? Throughout the movie there are clues here and there that something else is happening here, but it really is left to the audience to decide what exactly has happened. Not going to give it away, but it might not be a total surprise to everyone.
Throughout “A Serial Killer’s Guide to Life” the audience hears Chuck’s key steps to self-help. Well HorrO’s steps to liking this movie are very simple. Step 1 is enjoying how opposite characters are brought together, and feed off each other as their journey goes on. Step 1 couldn’t happen without step 2…taking in the great performances from Katie and Poppy. Step 3 is don’t expect much from the deaths, as this isn’t a movie focusing on blood and guts. Step 4 is definitely laughing at the self-help groups that are presented especially one of the last ones. Finally step 5 is of course how you take in the twist. Regardless how step 5 turns out for you, there is plenty to like before that so I give it 3 pools of blood.
A SERIAL KILLER'S GUIDE TO LIFE will be released on iTunes and Digital HD from 13th January 2020