Amateur Porn Star Killer (2007, DVD Review)

Director: Shane Ryan

Cast: Shane Ryan, Michiko Jimenez

Cinema Epoch / Color & B&W / NTSC R1 / Unrated / Fullscreen 4:3 (1.33:1) / Mono / 71 mins / Alter Ego Cinema / APSK on Myspace

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The “plot” is simple; Brandon drives around with his video camera until he finds a young girl on a street corner. He finds one named Stacy and talks her into taking a ride with him. They end up at a motel room where he talks to her to make her comfortable with him. Then begins one of the most uncomfortable 30-45 minutes I’ve ever seen on film. He slowly begins to urge her to do things for the camera until he gets into the action. From there it just gets worse. He finds out she’s really 13 after she initially said she was 18. But does that stop Brandon? Hell no, he’s not afraid to add pedophilia to his laundry list of sickness. In fact, I think it kicked him into high gear. Groping, sodomizing, raping, and finally murdering. The end.

First, the good stuff. It takes balls to make a movie like this. The level of sleaze here is unfathomable for any mainstream or even straight to DVD movie. And it’s not the fun type of sleaze like that of Joe D’Amato or Jess Franco. It’s the kind of slimy cinema that makes you want to wash yourself after seeing it. I thought about turning it off after finding out Stacy was 13. Obviously the actress (as well as writer, Michiko Jimenez) was of age at the time, but she looked very young. The sexual abuse and manipulation of the young girl was very realistic and psychologically valid. The movie was very effective in that.

Now, the bad. What’s with the title? Shouldn’t it have been called something like Amateur Pedophile Snuff Film? I didn’t see any porn stars, amateur or otherwise. I really hated the “old video”/”old film” filter used throughout the run time. I know they were going for the “recorded over another movie” video tape look, but it was very annoying and actually took away from the overall effectiveness of the movie. Maybe it could have been used a little less? I also didn’t care for the “picture in picture” style at the beginning and the overlay of another video intermittently throughout the movie. Again, I thought it was a distraction.

 It also lagged for about 20 minutes when they first meet as they get to know each other. But I can see how it was valid in the big picture. In all, there wasn’t much graphic violence, aside from a little rough groping and the off-screen murder. No blood or gore at all. But it more than makes up for it in the “please stop touching me there, Uncle Fred” department. *SHUDDER*… Anywhoo, in closing I would like to stress the importance of supporting independent film, disturbing or otherwise. Preceding the review you will find some links. Click ‘em and pick up your copy of Amateur Porn Star Killer. Now, before I touch you in your “naughty place”…

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Greg is a lifelong genre film fan who digs boobs and blood. He is a student of genre films, watching as many as possible while still being married and reading reference books like novels. His favorite genres are Eurosleaze, American slashers and Exploitation of just about any kind. Prior to this website Greg ran a blog called The Playground Movie Reviews and is now the webmaster, Editor in Chief and Head Writer for Cinesploitation.

One thought on “Amateur Porn Star Killer (2007, DVD Review)

  1. I would have liked to see a comment in the review on the fact the filmmakers are hyping this film only cost $45.00 to make. Who’s marketing idea was that anyway?

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