KatieBird: Certifiable Crazy Person

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Critically lauded indie horror feature KatieBird: Certifiable Crazy Person finally makes its way to home theaters thanks to the fine folks at Heretic Films. While it remains to be seen what unknowing audiences will think about Justin Paul Ritter's unnerving ode to exploitation, it's obvious that they won't be prepared for what they'll ultimately get. The same goes for viewers familiar with the film, thanks to the ample extras supplied on disc one. This, however, could be seen as a double-edged sword thanks to the...
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Critically lauded indie horror feature KatieBird: Certifiable Crazy Person finally makes its way to home theaters thanks to the fine folks at Heretic Films. While it remains to be seen what unknowing audiences will think about Justin Paul Ritter's unnerving ode to exploitation, it's obvious that they won't be prepared for what they'll ultimately get. The same goes for viewers familiar with the film, thanks to the ample extras supplied on disc one. This, however, could be seen as a double-edged sword thanks to the outspokenness of the film's director. While there's no doubt that the guy has talent, his rantings in the "Movies NOT Excuses" featurette will leave many with a sour taste in their mouth. Make no mistake, Ritter is a passionate person; unfortunately, his exuberance over his success in making this film comes off as what can only be called a belittling experience to the viewer. Ritter tries to instill inspiration into the hearts of wannabe filmmakers, but it comes off as a brash, egotistical outburst that most will find offensive. Thankfully, his bravura ramblings are a bit more in check on the audio commentary, in which he's joined by stars Helene Udy, Taylor M. Dooley, and Lee Perkins. Inside tips on indie film shooting are plentiful, though, so those interested in the process should take note. Other features include a mini-featurette on the makeup, along with a collection of trailers and some Easter eggs. The film has also been packaged with its soundtrack, which is a big plus to anyone who digs the score by Michael Iannantuono.
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Special Features

"Movies NOT Excuses" exclusive featurette; "Misa Does Make-Up" mini featurette on the makeup of KatieBird; Liner notes by director Justin Paul Ritter; Commentary by director Justin Paul Ritter and stars Helene Udy, Taylor M. Dooley, and Lee Perkins; Theatrical and teaser trailers; Trailers for previous Heretic releases; DVD Easter eggs
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Jeremy Wheeler
With all the hoopla about horror going back to its roots, it's refreshing to see a film that actually gives you the real kind of squeamish chills that only true exploitation delivers when it's running on full guns. Outside of Asian horror, filmmakers rarely set out to achieve the shocking levels of disgust and dread that once paralyzed cult audiences, so when Justin Paul Ritter decided to tackle this extreme technique, it was a bold move for a young artist in a changed world of cinema. What's interesting is just how a gutsy story like this can be told in the 21st century as compared to the film days of old. While embracing the unflinching nature of the material, Ritter turns it on its head by dissecting storytelling techniques through effective and fluid multi-frame editing. While it may be too much for some, the film's extreme panel design style does create layers of subtleties that take it past sheer gimmick territory. KatieBird: Certifiable Crazy Person is also admirable for the sensational performances gleaned from both of the actresses playing the titular main character herself. Taylor Dooley is effortless as she conveys the naïve awe that drives the carefully orchestrated early moments of KatieBird's life, while Helene Udy is downright unnerving as the present-day psychopath whose frightening sexual and violent perversion drives the film to its terrifically numbing finale. While a lot of indie horror wildly misses the mark, this one flourished under the same type of creative freedom felt by many of its genre's grandfathers and ups the ante in its own way. With deeper questions that delve into the nature of father and daughter relationships, KatieBird also realizes a dream of meaning beyond shocks, and in doing so, makes the trip all the more haunting.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/28/2006
  • UPC: 858964001010
  • Original Release: 2004
  • Rating:

  • Source: Heretic Films
  • Presentation: Wide Screen
  • Sound: Dolby Digital Stereo
  • Time: 1:40:00
  • Format: DVD

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Helene Udy KatieBird Wilkins
Todd Gordon Dr. Mark Richardson
Lee Perkins Merl "Daddy" Wilkins
Jun Hee Lee Kevin Cool
JunHee Lee Kevin Cool
William Leimkuehler Grandpa Wilkins
Kyle Powers Scum Bag
Tommi O'mara B-Ball/Crosswalk Kid
Jake O'mara B-Ball/Crosswalk Kid
Brett Newton Scum Bag
Troy Stairs B-Ball/Crosswalk Kid
Alissa Teige Prostitute
Justin Paul Ritter Kevin's B-Ball Friend
Seth Shellhouse Scum Bag
Jordan Stairs B-Ball/Crosswalk Kid
Garrett Stairs B-Ball/Crosswalk Kid
Jarod Wim Scum Bag
Fay Gauthier KatieBird's Mom
John Gilbert Crossing Guard
Wendy Hunter Shop Keeper
Milo Brown Great Grandpa Wilkins
Taylor Dooley Teen KatieBird
Lola Cheatham B-Ball Kissing Girl
Ben McCain Grounds Keeper
Jenny Lucas B-Ball/Crosswalk Kid
Katie Lucas B-Ball/Crosswalk Kid
Michael Jarvis B-Ball/Crosswalk Kid
Nicole Jarvis Young KatieBird
Cody N. Lucas B-Ball/Crosswalk Kid
Mariel Knox Prostitute
Pete McCarvil Singer
Technical Credits
Justin Paul Ritter Director, Casting, Editor, Producer, Production Designer, Screenwriter
Joanna Chong Score Composer, Asst. Director
Josh Fong Associate Producer, Cinematographer
Gino Joukar Executive Producer
Carrie Ledgerer Camera Operator
Erin McCarthy Camera Operator
Mike Measimer Associate Producer, Makeup Special Effects
Joe Mercado Camera Operator
Matt Quan Art Director, Casting, Co-producer
Greg Uberuaga Camera Operator
Nessa Wigham Camera Operator
Stanley Yung Camera Operator
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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- KatieBird* Certifiable Crazy Person
2. Opening Logos [5:43]
3. Introducing Little Katie [1:44]
4. Things Change [1:08]
5. Flowers in Hand [1:48]
6. A Terrible Monster [1:20]
7. Little Katie & Dad [1:49]
8. Testing the Chains [3:17]
9. I'm Not Satisfied [1:39]
10. Think I'm Ready? [3:25]
11. Not Much to Teach [3:05]
12. I Could've Used a Brick [1:08]
13. Teen Katie & Dad [2:02]
14. Rough Housing [3:07]
15. Why Don't We Do it in the Woods? [1:37]
16. Orchard Start [3:09]
17. Orchard Spin [2:18]
18. Pick Up the Rock [2:46]
19. Understand... [1:41]
20. I Usually Pull Out Their Teeth [3:30]
21. All I Want Is for You to Bite Me [3:47]
22. Thought I'd Take a Little Break [5:55]
23. Drink My Blood [8:39]
24. Bathroom/Pliers [1:28]
25. Why Did You Start? [2:18]
26. This Is Gonna' Be a Little Painful [4:33]
27. Antique Shop [:03]
28. I Took Her Mask [1:40]
29. Want to Play? [2:36]
30. I'd Fallen in Love... [2:01]
31. Show Me! [1:19]
32. I Need to Believe You Love Me... [1:07]
33. You're Dreaming... [1:55]
34. Nothing Lasts Forever [4:30]
35. Cleaning Up [1:34]
36. Main End Credits [3:33]
37. Bonus Scenes [2:24]
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Menu

Disc #1 -- KatieBird* Certifiable Crazy Person
   Play Movie
   Scene Selections
   Special Features
      Movies Not Excuses
      Misa Does Make Up
      KatieBird Trailer
      KatieBird Teaser
      Heretic Trailers
         Red Cockroaches
         Last Exit
         Sacred Flesh
         Cold Blood
         I'll Bury You Tomorrow
         London Voodoo
      DVD Credits
         Hammer Icon #1
         Hammer Icon #2
   Audio Options
      Hammer Icon #1
      Hammer Icon #2
      Dolby 2.0
      Commentary Track
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