I AM NOT A SERIAL KILLER, based on my book and starring Christopher Lloyd, Max Records, and Laura Fraser, comes out this weekend. This weekend! I can’t even tell you how long I’ve been waiting for this day. Actually I totally can: it was June of 2009 when I first got the email from Billy O’Brien, the amazing director, telling me he loved the story and asking if the rights were available. I still have the letter; here’s a snip from the first paragraph:
“I like John. I believe in him. It reminded me of my teenage years, not that I feared I would be a serial killer, but that the world around me was juddering and that I needed something to hold on to until it steadied again.”
That sentence, more than anything else, was why I said yes–because I knew that Billy saw the story behind the story, and that he loved it for the same reasons I do. It’s a murder mystery, and a horror story, and a coming-of-age story, and a very dark comedy, but mostly it’s a story about a boy trying to hold himself together in a world we can’t understand. Very few of us (I assume) have been hunted by ageless beasts who prey on the fringes of society. But all of us can relate to John Cleaver.
So enough talking: where can you see the movie? You have three choices: theater releases, one-night big-screen events, and VOD. As an indie film, the theater engagements start off fairly small, and your support is key. The more you see it, the more you talk about it, the more you call your local theaters and demand that they talk to IFC and request it, the more the movie will spread. We need to get the word out, and drum up support, and vote with our dollars. Little indie movies compete with the big boys all the time, but only when they have an army of fans to back them up. You are my army of fans. Let’s make this happen.
Opening Dates for Theater Releases
Arena Cinema, Hollywood, CA
IFC Center, New York, NY
Cine-Rama, Chattanooga, TN
Gateway Film Center, Columbus, OH
O Cinema Wynwood, Miama, FL
Screenland Armour Theatre, North Kansas City, MO
Alamo Drafthouse, Yonkers, NY
Coolidge Corner Theater, Brookline, MA
Chalmette Cinemas 9, Chalmette, LA
Celebration Cinema, Grand Rapids, MI
Jordan Commons Megaplex, Salt Lake City, UT
Zinema 2, Duluth, MN
PFS Theater at the Roxy, Philadelphia, PA
Mall of America 14, Minneapolis, MN
Alamo Drafthouse Cinema, Winchester, VA
Guild Cinema, Albuquerque, NM
Alamo Drafthouse South Lamar, Austin, TX
If you want to check for local showings in your area, just to be sure, try GoWatchIt.com
Festivals and Events
I will host a special screening of the film at DragonCon, in Atlanta, GA.
5:30 PM, in Hyatt International North.
I will be there to introduce it and host a Q&A. Bring all your friends! (Though they will all need a DragonCon badge to get in.)
September 9 and 10:
I will host two screenings of the film in Salt Lake City, Utah, at 7pm both nights.
Jordan Commons Megaplex.
Buy tickets here.
Video On Demand
The absolute best way to see this movie is on a big screen, but you can also download it starting August 26 from pretty much any streaming content provider. Please note that the movie is currently available for rent only; it won’t be purchasable for a few months at least.
Xfinity on Demand
If you want to help this movie, do these three things
1) Tell everyone you know. Rave about the book, show them the trailers, and tell them about the incredible buzz the movie has from its early reviews–especially for Chrisopher Lloyd. One of our SXSW reviewers said that the movie “reminds us why Christopher Lloyd is a national treasure.” Don’t you want to see that? I want to see that. And so do all your friends, so make sure they know about it.
2) If you’re near one of the theaters on the list above, go see it there. Take all your friends. Go seven times. Money talks, and a movie that makes money in a limited release will slowly and powerfully spread out across the world.
3) Download it through VOD. Download it even if you’ve already seen it, or even if you plan to see it elsewhere, or even if horror movies are too scary you don’t dare watch it–download it anyway. Vote with your dollars and your clicks.
Please Note: I do not currently have any information for non-US screenings or VOD. I’ve been contacted by a few different international distributors, and I’m planning some neat stuff with some of them (Australia is ON TOP OF IT), but I don’t have a complete list of countries where it will be available, and I don’t know dates. I will add that info here as I collect it, and I will broadcast it through social media, but for now just remember that I haven’t forgotten you