KILLER CONCEPT (2021) Reviews and overview of comedy horror

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Killer Concept is a 2021 American comedy horror film about three creatives writing a screenplay chronicling a string of murders in their town. However. one of the three may be closer to the story than the others realise.

Directed by Glenn Payne (Driven) from a screenplay written by and co-starring Casey Dillard. The Dead Leaf Productions movie also stars Cody Bishop and Coley Bryant.


Mark is at first reluctant when aspiring producer Seth and writer Holly want him to help them make a movie about a local serial killer: after all, they might figure out that he is behind them, but figures it could be interesting.

However when rivalries, crushes, and outside influence begin to cloud his mind the harder it is to tell if he’s in his own story or theirs. And who knows what direction the story will go in next?


“It’s a fairly clever screenplay idea and lives up to the title. Gorehounds expecting a horror movie may be disappointed; the onscreen carnage is quite tame. It’s more about the idea than the executions. Still, a neat twist in the final act keeps things unpredictable.” Cinapse

“Payne and company keep things moving, unafraid of their budget and not hesitant to make it look like a whole lot more. Like Driven before it, Killer Concept comes from a place where you know everything’s being done for the love of movies and storytelling, and the fun had on set is a huge bonus.” DC Filmdom

“Locations have been kept to a minimum to stretch funds, but this does not detract from the story being told. The “action” is also held back, Payne opting to inject tension and rely on the imagination of the viewer rather than throwing a load of guts and gore onto the screen. The result of the team’s hard work with Killer Concept is an entertaining bending and blending of genres that fans of Driven will eat up.” The Hollywood News

Killer Concept is an intriguing film where a human triangle of tension closes in on itself where curiosity and attempted creativity in two points of the triangle while the third point is fighting off slander while not letting the other two points aware of his intention. If you enjoy the type of film where you know more than the protagonists do, then this film is for you.” Indie Mac User

“The riveting storyline to this indie film isn’t its only highlight. Not by a long shot. The production value is undoubtedly something to rave about. With the flawless lighting, camera angles, and close-ups that draw the viewer so far into the characters’ world, it feels like one were sitting and contributing to their conversations mixed with locations and props that never felt anything less than 100% organic…” Nerd Alert News

“Quarantine, limited crew members, and minimal budgets be damned, the creative minds behind Killer Concept tapped into their filmmaking strengths to ultimately create a fun, intriguing, and well-produced horror flick. And it serves as a reminder that beyond the glitz and glam of the spotlight that shines down on Hollywood’s biggest, hottest hits, sometimes all that you really need is a talented team…” Nerds and Beyond

Killer Concept comes alive when the writers’ are trying to formulate the story, and we’ve no doubt that the situation will ring true to many indie creatives. As things progress and we focus more on Mark’s intentions, the film loses its direction somewhat. However, Payne and his crew punch way above their weight to produce an enjoyable, if inconsistent, movie…” Starburst

“Overall Killer Concept is an enjoyable darkly humorous look at both making movies and killing people. Don’t expect a lot in the way of actual horror and enjoy the laughs. It’s just a shame the film stumbles a bit at the end, but it’s still worth seeing.” Voices from the Balcony

“At times the dialogue does feel a little forced, but the comedic relief and overall scene choices, pull the audience back into the world created by screenwriter Casey Dillard. While comedy is used with finesse throughout the film, the filmmakers are able to end on a dark and disturbing note that leaves the viewer unsettled and yet thoroughly entertained.” Without Your Head

Cast and characters (alphabetical):

Cody Bishop … Flower Shop Guy
Coley Bryant … Seth
Casey Dillard … Holly
Caleb Hall … Brian
Georgia Jeffreys Georgia Jeffreys … Flower Shop Girl
Maddie Ludt … Mary-Rose
Samantha McLarty … Girl in Car
Glenn Payne … Mark
James Puckett … Flower Shop Jerk
Caroline Upthegrove … Daisy

Filming locations:

Tupelo, Mississippi




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