Thrillkill (1984)

Genres - Action, Crime, Drama  |   Sub-Genres - Crime Thriller  |   Run Time - 88 min.  |   Countries - United States   |   MPAA Rating - NR
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Review by Fred Beldin

This dull Canadian thriller is far too complicated for its own good, starting with a hackneyed bank fraud plot and then piling on secret identities, convoluted relationships, and a mysterious character who pops out of nowhere near the climax to tie the whole mess together. Though Thrillkill is constructed to exploit the popularity of video games, they're really incidental to the story line. Carly happens to be a video game designer, one of her partners happens to own an arcade, and she happens to lock the location of the loot into the software coding of her latest creation, but ultimately the games are just window dressing. Also, since technology has improved so much since 1987, modern viewers are likely to laugh at the clunky computer systems and crude screen graphics. Filmed mostly in dark hallways and dimly lit rooms, Thrillkill is murky and uninteresting, with a ridiculous ending and a highly irritating romantic subplot. Schlock horror fans might be interested to note that Thrillkill's production supervisor was Ray Sager, who was a frequent player in the films of gore auteur Herschell Gordon Lewis in the late '60s. Be advised that this is absolutely no reason to waste time seeking out or watching this obscure feature.