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OFFICE KILLER

SYNOPSIS:
For 20 years, mousy Dorine Douglas (Carol Kane) has worked as a lowly copy-editor for Constant Consumer magazine, which has just suffered its latest round of corporate downsizings. Like several other long-serving employees, Dorine will now be working from home, when she's not caring for her crippled mother (Alice Drummond). One night, when Dorine is summoned back to the office to work on an urgently-needed article, she causes an electrical accident that has deadly consequences. The shock triggers Dorine’s latent madness, and she embarks on a series of bizarre murders of the bitchy co-workers who have always mistreated her.

"I can see why this never got a cinema release. It’s strictly a curiosity item, one you watch with almost total detachment: there are various points of interest but nothing that draws you in. I’m only slightly familiar with Cindy Sherman’s work as a still photographer, but presumably her fans will be interested in the stiff, curdled compositions and the way various horror-film clichés are stylised to the point of Warhol-like affectlessness. Everything is a transparent quotation – including the flashbacks that supposedly explain the heroine’s psychosis. Any liveliness is supplied by the gruesome jokes about decaying corpses, and by the eclectic cast, themselves ‘quoted’ from various sources (what is it recently with Molly Ringwald and dodgy horror films?). Sherman’s fantasy of making a Hollywood genre exercise remains, unfortunately, a fantasy: even if this kind of gory horror were currently in vogue (which it isn’t) Office Killer is far too flip, mannered and arty to work for a popular audience. I know the flatness is supposed to be the point, and the film’s bitchy, numbing surface is actually a pretty good depiction of what working in an office can be like, but you expect more from a movie than this kind of enervated knowingness – even on video."
Jake Wilson

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OFFICE KILLER (M15+)
(US)

CAST: Carol Kane, Moly Ringwald, Jeanne Tripplehorn, Barbara Sukowa, Michael Imperioli, David Thornton, Mike Hodge, Alice Drummond

DIRECTOR: Cindy Sherman

PRODUCER: Christine Vachon, pamela Koffler

SCRIPT: Elise MacAdam, Tom Kalin (story, Sherman, MacAdam; additional dialogue Todd Haynes)

CINEMATOGRAPHER: Russell Fine

EDITOR: Merril Stern

MUSIC: Evan Lurie

PRODUCTION DESIGN: Kevin Thompson

RUNNING TIME: 83 minutes

VIDEO DISTRIBUTOR: Roadshow Home Entertainment

VIDEO RELEASE: April 21, 2000







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