I Was a Teenage Serial Killer

November 29, 2018

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A wild mix of fired-up feminist rallying and pitch black humour…
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I Was a Teenage Serial Killer

Robert W. Monk
Year: 1993
Rating: 18+
Director: Sarah Jacobson
Cast:

Kristin Calabrese, Phil Calabrese, Scott Garver

Released: November 29 – December 5, 2018
Running Time: 27 minutes
Worth: $14.00

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A wild mix of fired-up feminist rallying and pitch black humour…

A wild mix of fired-up feminist rallying and pitch black humour, this early ‘90s short from influential filmmaker Jacobson still packs as much of a punch as it did back in Riot Grrrl’s hey-day.

The ground-breaking underground film cost an estimated $1600, and has a grainy sliced-up look perfect for its gritty subject matter. Featuring ultimately serious comment and inquiry into patriarchal society (along with gruesome laughs amidst some decidedly non-professional acting) that is as relevant now as it was then, the 27min film is far more than merely a museum piece or passing curiosity.

To reinforce the darker dreams of the film, the grungy soundtrack features a song from the notorious cult leader Charles Manson. That piece plus tracks from ‘90s punk rockers Heavens to Betsy and underground stalwarts Gas Huffer merge sound and vision for a short, sharp shock to the senses.

This was Jacobson’s debut in a career tragically cut short by illness that also included the feature Mary Jane’s Not a Virgin Anymore (1996), which will screen with I Was a Teenage Serial Killer at the inaugural Paracinema Fest.

A memorable intro to her work, the film shows how a lasting statement can be made with a purely indie DIY approach to filmmaking.

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