Office Killer

Office Killer

Director: Cindy Sherman

Cast: Carol Kane, Molly Ringwald, Jeanne Tripplehorn

     
 

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Cindy Sherman's darkly humorous thriller Office Killer comes to DVD with a widescreen anamorphic transfer preserves the original theatrical aspect ratio of 1.85:1. The English soundtrack is rendered in Dolby Digital Surround. There are no subtitles, but the soundtrack is closed-captioned. There are no supplemental materials of any consequence, making itSee more details below

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Cindy Sherman's darkly humorous thriller Office Killer comes to DVD with a widescreen anamorphic transfer preserves the original theatrical aspect ratio of 1.85:1. The English soundtrack is rendered in Dolby Digital Surround. There are no subtitles, but the soundtrack is closed-captioned. There are no supplemental materials of any consequence, making it difficult to recommend this disc to anyone other than a genre enthusiast. The picture and sound quality are high on this release, but there is little here for the average DVD consumer.

Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Gregory Baird
Even Girl Scouts hawking cookies aren't safe in Office Killer, a psychological thriller laced with liberal doses of jet-black comedy. The directorial debut of acclaimed artist/photographer Cindy Sherman, it stars the wonderful (and woefully underappreciated) Carol Kane as Dorine Douglas, a meek and mousy magazine copy editor who goes on a killing spree, murdering her coworkers one by one. Part homage, part parody, Office Killer revels in its gore, while also functioning as a feminist morality tale. Sherman, aided by Lounge Lizard Evan Lurie's atmosphere-enhancing score, deftly manages to send up a genre already known for its campy humor, while maintaining a nicely understated tone throughout. Jeanne Tripplehorn and Molly Ringwald appear as Dorine's office comrades, and former Rainer Werner Fassbinder-muse Barbara Sukowa (a close friend of Sherman) plays Dorine's aging boss with a kind of enervated agitation. But it is Kane's over-the-top performance that holds the film together: She is by turns repulsive and sympathetic, with a sardonic wit that gradually emerges as her deep-seated anger builds to a profound release.
All Movie Guide - Brian J. Dillard
Carol Kane has often played cutesy in her career, from Taxi to Scrooged to The Princess Bride. But in this deliciously tongue-in-cheek horror romp, photographer-turned-director Cindy Sherman guides her star into a deeply weird place where amusing tics and cartoon gore go hand-in-hand with rich psychological shadings. Kane, clad in drab officewear and thick glasses, plays put-upon worker bee Dorine like a cross between Sally Field's bespectacled schizophrenic from Sybil and her own primate-clubbing nutter from The Mafu Cage. Of course, Office Killer isn't simply a vivid portrait; it's also a queasily gripping story, conceptualized by Sherman and Elise MacAdam and co-written by director Tom Kalin, whose own Swoon displayed a similar knack for stylized violence. From her 1970s Untitled Film Stills to more recent photos riffing on the paintings of the old masters and playing with grotesque dolls and medical refuse, Sherman has leveraged B-movie archetypes into emotional insight and cultural comment, a feat she repeats here through the use of over-the-top horror tropes. Where Wes Craven's Scream ridiculed slasher flick clichés in a way that appealed to hip, seen-it-all youngsters, Sherman's angle is more subversive as she seeks to uncover the serial killer lurking inside the meek, the dispirited, and the neglected amongst us. In that undertaking, she couldn't have gathered a better supporting cast; everyone from '80s survivor Molly Ringwald to almost-superstar Jeanne Tripplehorn to frequent mobster Michael Imperioli plays the material with the perfect mixture of irreverent cheek and colorful terror. Kevin Thompson's vivid production design and Sherman's gift for framing comically vile tableaux guarantee that Office Killer is never less than visually arresting. That it's also such an entertaining embrace/critique of genre trappings is a testament to the narrative skills the first-time director has brought to the fore ever since she began her career as a conceptual photographer.

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Product Details

Release Date:
06/04/2002
UPC:
0786936189513
Original Release:
1997
Rating:
R
Source:
Dimension
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby Digital Surround]
Time:
1:23:00

Special Features

Dolby Digital Surround Sound; Widescreen (1.85:1) enhanced for 16x9 televisions

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Carol Kane Dorine Douglas
Molly Ringwald Kim Poole
Jeanne Tripplehorn Norah Reed
Barbara Sukowa Virginia
Michael Imperioli Daniel
David Thornton Gary Michaels
Mike Hodge Landau
Alice Drummond Dorine's Mom
Doug Barron Ted

Technical Credits
Cindy Sherman Director,Original Story
Hopkins Smith Barden Casting
Rob Benevides Makeup Special Effects
Tom Carouso Executive Producer
Neil Danziger Sound/Sound Designer
Russell Fine Cinematographer
Jude Gorjanc Asst. Director
John Hart Executive Producer
Ted Hope Executive Producer
Tom Kalin Screenwriter
Pamela Koffler Producer
Evan Lurie Score Composer
Elise MacAdam Original Story,Screenwriter
Randall Poster Musical Direction/Supervision
James Schamus Executive Producer
Merril Stern Editor
Todd Thomas Costumes/Costume Designer
Kevin Thompson Production Designer
Christine Vachon Producer
Ford Wheeler Art Director

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Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Opening Credits: Cutbacks [7:08]
2. Meet Dorine, She's Not Well [7:40]
3. Fried...Not Fired [10:17]
4. A Last Assignment [8:08]
5. Easy Prey [8:12]
6. Creepy Creep [8:08]
7. Bloody Trouble [6:31]
8. Better Dead Than Red [9:03]
9. Waking Up Is Hard to Do [5:16]
10. Showdown [8:41]
11. End Credits [3:57]

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