Don’t Kill It (2016)

Don’t Kill It
Director: Mike Mendez
Writer: Robert Olsen, Dan Berk
Cast: Dolph Lundgren, Kristina Klebe, Elissa Dowling, Michael Aaron Milligan, Billy Slaughter, Aaron McPherson, Jasi Cotton Lanier
Part of: /slash Filmfestival
Seen on: 1.10.2016
[Review by cornholio.]

Jebediah Woodley (Dolph Lundgren) is a demon hunter. The best demon hunter. So when a demon hits the small Mississippi town of Chicory Creek, Jebediah is there to take care of it. Also there is FBI agent Evelyn Pierce (Kristina Klebe) who came to investigate the series of murder that the demon caused. While they both have their doubts about the work of the other, it doesn’t take long until they’re forced to team up.

Don’t Kill It knows exactly what it is and what it has to offer – and that is the perfect B-movie experience. So they throw all their weight into presenting the best piece of trash they could possibly offer – and it’s glorious.

There were still a couple of issues to be had with the film. Above all that it was sexist as fuck. Jebediah gets to pontificate on the nature of consent at the beginning of the film, making a (seemingly) feminist point but the rest of the film and Jebediah himself simply treat women shittily. The only one who doesn’t throw herself at Jebediah immediately is Evelyn and you bet your ass she does so eventually.

Apart from that, though, I really enjoyed the film a lot. Dolph Lundgren carries the film on his broad shoulders and he is frankly hilarious. Generally there were many instances where the film made me laugh loudly with its stupid one-liners and colorful characters.

It’s a short film and time passes quickly when you watch it. And even though the screening only started at one am, I wouldn’t have minded if it had been longer (though, of course, there’s always the risk of it outstaying its welcome, so it was probably a good thing that it wasn’t all that long.

Long or short, if you’d ask me to watch it again today, you’d find me next to the microwave popping some corn for the film without a moment’s hesitation. And I’d probably laugh my ass off again.

Summarizing: wonderful.

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