the tables are turned, a woman takes unspeakable revenge on her
rapist and kidnapper. But, who is really having the last laugh and
who is the more vicious killer? When the bodies start to drop and
questions are raised, the young woman does her best to get
through the night in this psychological and dark feature movie by
Houston Director Kerry Beyer titled "Killing Mr.
by Mr. Beyer, "Killing Mr. Right" is the second feature
venture to come out of Kerosene Films. Two other feature projects
are in post, one of them to be released petty soon. Kerry's
first feature venture came with the hit cult thriller and
suspense movie "Spirit Camp".
Mr. Right" follows Jessica (played by Elizabeth Jackson) whose
roommate, Faith (played by Brittney Karbowski) brings home her new fiancé,
Mark (played by Kerry Beyer),
years earlier, Jessica was abducted, raped and tortured by a man
wearing a mask. Left for dead, surviving and escaping her rapist and
kidnapper the police have made no arrests and are no closer to
finding this serial killer.
only his voice, Jessica is convinced that Faith's new fiancé is her
abductor and torturer but faith is not convinced and attributes
Jessica's suspicions to paranoia, psychotic episodes and not taking
her meds (suffering from post traumatic stress syndrome).
Faith drinks too much and passes out and instead of calling the
authorities, Jessica takes things into her own hands and
knocks Mark out, ties him up and instills her own form of justice,
all the while trying to determine if she has the right man. At
times, Jessica questions her own reality and judgment, however,
finds out the truth, when a struggle with a gun accidentally kills
Faith (a play with words there). Now Mark and Jessica play a cat and
mouse game of survival. Who is going to win and will justice
story itself was well written and designed, gripping and
entertaining. There were several story faults in the screenplay and,
at times, we were scratching our heads as to how one event lead to
another. Guessing that the audience would respond to
gratuitous bloodshed, the movie contained the obligatory sawing of a
corpse in the bathtub scene. But, how did the corpse get there? This was something that could have been
left out and could have made the movie a little more intense had
this scene not been included. It bordered on too funny. Our
feeling with regard to the writers intension with this thriller,
suspense and psychological feature was to present a mix of drama
suspense with comedic suspense. Although, comic relief is a tension
release before the build up of released fear, there were times where
the story was a little beyond suspension of belief and that
tension build up was leveled by comedy instead of fear. This
is not to say that this dominated the movie, by far. The story
worked, but the build up of suspense could have been even
better. We enjoyed the story and it took us pretty far as it
did the audience.
performances and interaction between actress Elisabeth Jackson
(Jessica) and Kerry Beyer (Mark) in "Killing Mr.
Right" was absolutely amazing. The dialogue between both
characters presented a natural animosity between prey and victim.
The only thing we had to figure out was who was the victim and who
was the prey. Kerry Beyer's part as Mark characterized a
calculating and intelligent serial killer who looked on his
profession from the outside looking in. His cavalier and aloof
portrayal of what his role is in this world as a killer was met with
cynicism and sarcasm. His facial expressions in this movie
were priceless. As well, Elizabeth Jackson's characterization
of Jessica was equally calculating and intelligent. Her convictions
and brutality in the face of her attacker and the thought that
justice is too blind to effectuate a proper punishment, leads her to
explore her own depravity. Ms. Jackson was convincing and down
right scary. And, both characters managed to take this movie to the
end without letting up. They played their respective part with
the movie was well-made. Sound was consistent throughout the entire
movie-rich and dynamic. The
Sound design and foley work was good. Lighting was
exceptional and consistent with a suspense and dark movie. Music was
interesting. It reminded us of the theme from
"Psycho". Camera work was clear and creative. I
don't believe that I saw a stagnant or blurry shot. Cuts were
seamless and transitions were unnoticeable
as we would expect. Frame composition was exceptional.
Mr. Beyer is a trained photographer and his work behind the camera
as cinematographer in "Killing Mr. Right" was in
par. There was head room, nose room and thirds utilization.
Nice work on the part of Mr. Beyer. Of the many good things to
say about this movie, there were some continuity issues and very noticeable
ones, at that. As well, the use of shots from a single reel
and cutting them for use in different times...well, it just didn't work
and didn't make sense. Special FX's were good but at the same time
they seems a little sloppy, if that makes sense. We, generally want to
believe that special FX are seamless and things we can recognize and we were noticing some
weakness in some of the use.
a personal note: C47Houston News & Entertainment Magazine and
C47Houston WEEKLY is following the career of Director Kerry
Beyer and Kerosene Films. Mr. Beyer's directorial feature movie
"Spirit Camp" was exceptional and "Killing Mr.
Right" is on the same level if not better. As a whole,
despite some of the imperfections one can find in this movie,
"Killing Mr. Right" was a very good movie. It was easy to
watch, it was easy to follow, it was entertaining, it
contained sarcasm and humor and it was a fun movie. A must see
Movie. Not bad for a budget of less then 25 hundred dollars and a
skeleton crew. In fact, we venture to say that compare to a lot of
movies we have seen with a budget, Mr. Beyer, did a fantastic job with
"Killing Mr. Right". Check it out for yourself. It has
an interesting story to tell and it is told in a very creative
Kerry Beyer was our featured and cover Director in our February 2008
issue of C47Houston News & Entertainment Magazine. AND, Director
Kerry Beyer is on the cover of our C47Houston WEEKLY no. 17.
You can order both at: www.C47Houston.com
News & Entertainment Magazine rated this movie on the TSIRS
scale. We gave it a strong 4.7 stars out of 5 on the TSIRS.
Killing Mr. Right
is a "Made in Texas" film.
Company: Kerosene Films
time: Approximately 95-minutes
by: Kerry Beyer
by: Kerry Beyer
Houston, Texas, Thursday, October 2, 2014 at the Alamo
Drafthouse-Mason Park as part of Splatterfest-Houston, 2014.
Edited and Scored by: Kerry Beyer
by: Kerry Beyer, Keller Byrns, Chad Thackston and John Lansch
Operators: John Lansch, Kerry Beyer, Kelly Byrns and Chad Thackston
and Props: Kerry Beyer
Decorations: Courtney Sanidfer and Michelle Howe
FX makeup: Chris White and Kerry Beyer
for Marcus Sabom: Patricia Sanchez
Services by: Brian Landa
FX by: Kerry Beyer
Score by: Kerry Beyer
of the Unnatural" by Lord Von Black
Elizabeth "Liz" Jackson, Kerry Beyer, Brittney Karbowski,
Amy Morris, Chad Thackston, Marcus Sabom, John Lansch, Deke
Anderson, Taylor Weaver, Kelly Byrns, Belinda Pippin, Michelle Ellen
Jones, Lila Wilde, Dave Maldonado and Frieda Beyer. With Andrew Runk
and Matthew Bantleman.