By Don Simpson | September 10, 2015
Director: Jim Hansen
Writers: Jim Hansen, Jeffery Self, Ross Tipograph
Starring: Matthew McKelligon, Jeffery Self, Shaughn Buchholz, James Cerne, Mindy Cohn, Ranney Draper, Drew Droege, Carolyn Hennesy, Christian Olguin, Sam Pancake, Edi Patterson, Jack Plotnick, Bridgid Ryan, Bryan Safi, Rachel Shukert, Matthew Wilkas
How many irreverently snarky, slasher-comedies have screened at aGLIFF over the last 28 years? Yeah, you can probably count all of them on one hand. Heck, Jim Hansen’s You’re Killing Me might just be the first one… But, regardless, You’re Killing Me is a refreshingly fantastic surprise that might prompt some viewers to watch certain scenes through the spaces between their fingers.
In a silly allegory for coming out, Joe (Matthew McKelligon) has recently announced that he is a serial killer. The problem is that everyone assumes that he is just joking. Because someone as gorgeous as Joe certainly could not really be a heartless murderer, right? Besides, Joe is presumably gay. Gay men are not slashers… Right?
From the moment they meet, Joe tries to be open and honest with his new boyfriend, George (Jeffery Self). He actually likes George because he thinks that he is accepting of having a serial killer as a boyfriend. Of course George thinks Joe is a laugh riot. He is totally clueless to the brutal honesty of Joe’s confessions.
Thankfully the violence of You’re Killing Me is not just gratuitous, it actually comes along with some messages about modern society. Hansen’s film is a morality tale about self-obsession and our growing disconnection with the world around us. You’re Killing Me is proliferated with catty gay men who care more about pop culture trivia than truly connecting with their friends. From Hansen’s hyper-stylized perspective, the characters may seem like flamboyant caricatures, but there is a lot of honesty hidden slyly beneath the veil of jaded satire. Besides, by cranking up the the annoyingness of the characters, Hansen leads us to cheer Joe on as he slices them up, one by one.
You’re Killing Me screens as part of the 28th annual Austin Gay and Lesbian International Film Festival (aGLIFF). For more information, check out the aGLIFF Program.