The Hobo Killer (2007) – By Brian Morton

 The serial killer genre may be dead, folks. Yep, that’s right, we’ve all been there and done that by now. The bad childhood, the killing of small animals and the inevitable jailhouse documentary, it’s all been so done and over-done, that it was time for a little send up of the whole thing. Well, JP Ritter has done just that with the great short, The Hobo Killer, which is about…. you guessed it, a guy who enjoys killing hobos!

Here’s the story: David Nesmith has been captured and convicted of being the Hobo Killer, a man who has terrorized the homeless community and left behind him a trail of dead bums. J.P. Ritter has set himself the task of finding out why, and he and his doc crew meet the killer himself, his family and friends to try to find out what makes a man decide to kill. The answer that he gets is simple, David felt like it. But, there’s slightly more to it than that, this weird short sends up all the conventions of the serial killer documentary…and you know them all, the earnest interviewer, the strange family and, best of all, the friends. There’s an hysterical segment where one of David’s friends tells of knowing all about David and knowing that he killed animals and then says he helped David bury an old lady one time, then stops and wonders if it alright to have said that on camera, I couldn’t stop laughing!

If you’re a fan of this kind of movie, and, let’s face it, we’re all fascinated by what can make a person into a monster, then you’ll love The Hobo Killer. I’m giving The Hobo Killer four out of four cigars, it’s a comedy, but it’s not played for laughs…which makes it all the funnier. If you’d like to check this excellent short for yourself, drop over to the Hobo Killer MySpace page to find out more. So, until next time, when I’ll reveal that I’ve also killed hobos…wait, is that what they call those orange cupcakes?? Anyway, until then, remember that the best movies are bad movies.