“The Killers Resolute may eliminate your preconceptions”
The Killers Resolute Episode 1 barrels out of the gate in its online debut and right away you know this is anything but your run of the mill fairy tale. The title card for the episode “Part Seven: Garage Band,” tells you all you need to know for your imagination to run wild with back story. John Bratkowski’s voice over gives us a touch of gravitas but more effectively adds a streak of dark humor with a bit of anti-hero to really get your attention. The use of the classic innocuous conversation in the midst of fantastic events opening is enough to make even the most jaded Tarantino fan smile and does wonders to establish the players is our twisted little tale. The Killers Resolute bleeds off the screen so smoothly that you forget how fast this story is moving and you are left quickly left in the lurch wanting more. Well written and cast and wonderfully lit and edited, Killers stands out in a crowd of independent horror where there certainly is a love and passion for the art, but often little technical skill. All the right moves come together to launch a wicked little tale that looks to deliver quite the promising bloodbath.
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The Killers Resolute Episode Two…it’s ALIVE!
The Killers Resolute is back with its next episode and like any good sophomore release, TKR delivered some new flavor without losing the original sound. In Part 2 – Dahlia Frankenstein, we are introduced to new faces that are seemingly unconnected to our first story. In this chapter it is strongly alluded that we are witness to the creation of a monster in the form of Student Nurse Dahlia Frankenstein. What kind of monster? That remains to be seen.
True to form, as in the first episode, writer/director Chris Grega proves an apt story teller as the tale of Dahlia (Halley Moore) is weaved into a very neat and interestingly enough, compelling, gritty little tale. There is no wasted movement. We are presented with a nuanced image of a young girl that, either by fate or causation, is reborn into a fearless, one might even say, resolute (yeah I did) killer. I must also add, Abigail Hatfield’s eye twitch as the young Dahlia is nothing short of a perfect physical performance. Intentional directing or maybe just the sun in her eyes, but either way it is a lovely move that creates more depth into Dahlia’s character which I have already decided is my choice for winning psychopath.
The Killers Resolute Episode 2 is a simple, yet surprisingly effective character piece that gives the audience their first taste of blood. Upon a bit closer examination we are presented with what may very well be the running theme of the series presented in the opening episode. “What is Evil?” When added in conjunction to the first episode, it also creates a hook that keeps you guessing what kind of story exactly it is you have stumbled into. So far it is shaping up to be a gleefully twisted and bloody one.
The Killers Resolute is a great mixtape.
THE KILLERS RESOLUTE returns in its third installment with Episode 3 Part 1: Surviving and Thriving. Once again TKR shifts gears on us and this time we rejoin a few members of the original cast of Garage Band. Like the second Episode which gave us a back story for Dahlia, here we are reintroduced to Ronnie and his 4th wall breaking exposition.
This time around the scene is set with Ronnie once again addressing us about his perspective on life and death with his quizzically charming underlying humor. John Bratkowski’s voice really is a great example of restrained power that delivers with such a sharpness and depth. The real meat of this story however is the seemly random events that culminate in the coming together of Ronnie and Dahlia.
If one had to compare The Killers Resolute series to anything, one would be hard pressed to find a better example than a great mixtape. Rob Gordon from 2000’s High Fidelity said it perfectly. “The making of a great compilation tape, like breaking up, is hard to do and takes ages longer than it might seem. You gotta kick off with a killer, to grab attention. Then you got to take it up a notch, but you don’t wanna blow your wad, so then you got to cool it off a notch. There are a lot of rules.” Yes there are and The Killers Resolute’s first three episodes are a perfect example of a horror mixtape. Killer opening. Kicked up follow up. Slight cool down to bring us back down and get us ready for more. The series continues to satisfy and makes it hard to stop listening.
The Killers Resolute: Live from the neighborhood clean up
We are into the bleeding meat of the tale of some American Psychopaths and their twisted path as we enter Episode Four: Live from Polk County. The episode opens with a live broadcast from our episode 2 reporter Lindsay (Eli DeGeer) who seemingly follows the age old mantra of “if it bleeds it leads.” We are treated to the grisly aftermath of Ronnie and Dahlia’s handiwork before flashing back to the brutal murders.
This episode is the first time we see our psychopaths in action as a team. It was surprising to see the kills happen rather impersonally with a bit of detachment. Often when kills are depicted in film there is noticeable ritual to them. Or if not the killer takes either joy from the action or relives past trauma. In this spree, Ronnie and Dahlia are rather nonchalant about shotgunning down some meth heads. Oddly enough they also make some unusual choices with some others present at the scene. It is a noticeable tweak to the established psychopath trope than really does quite a bit to build more complexity to some already unique characters. Also there quite a bit of indication that Ronnie and Dahlia are not merely killing randomly for the joy of it, but have an actual purpose, a plan or grand design and we are paying witness to their gospel.
Episode 4: Live from Polk County makes some interesting plot moves. It does quite the job of making our characters motivations an very interesting topic for interpretation. Outside the story, the technical side of the film continues to shine with the use of some very choice angles and lighting not to mention a noticeably rich soundtrack. The choice of the Glass Calvary’s ‘Flood and Cure’ for the end credits was inspired. The Killers Resolute continues to impress. A solid, subtly complex story with a great sprinkling of style.