Sometimes you watch a movie, and you feel like you’ve seen it all before, and then, there’s a flash of something. Maybe it’s film brilliance, maybe it’s just homage, but it’s something in the movie that makes you suddenly think, ‘Hey, maybe this guy is on to something’. Well, that’s how I felt while watching The L.A. Ripper.
Kristy just moved to L.A. to become a star. And, she’s just in time, because there’s a brutal killer on the loose. While out one night, Kristy meets Graham, her cousin’s drug dealer, and Graham has fixated on Kristy…he feels that they’re destined to be together. The problem is that Graham is, in fact, the killer!
Now, while a lot of The L.A. Ripper feels derivative and a lot like something you’ve seen many times before, there are flashes of real brilliance here. The character of Graham is wonderful, wonderfully written and precisely acted by Randy Tobin. Graham is one of those guys that we’ve all met, and we feel that something is really wrong with the guy and our instinct just says get away from him. And, between director Craig McIntyre and actor Randy Tobin, Graham is perfectly done, he’s creepy but in a way that doesn’t feel dangerous…until it’s too late!
Ordinarily, I’d give a movie like The L.A. Ripper a fairly low grade, it’s something that’s not breaking any new ground, but between McIntyre’s writing (the ending in particular brought images of Texas Chainsaw dancing in my head) and Tobin’s Graham, this movie moves from run-of-the-mill to something really special. I’m giving The L.A. Ripper 3 out of 4 cigars, it’s not perfect, but there’s definitely something there that will get under your skin and stay there. And, the next time an especially weird guy talks to you, you’ll think of this movie! Find out more by heading over to http://www.facebook.com/LARippermovie.