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Favorite screen stars Jeanne Tripplehorn (MICKEY BLUE EYES, SLIDING DOORS), Carol Kane (THE PALLBEARER, ADDAMS FAMILY VALUES), and Molly Ringwald (TEACHING MRS. TINGLE, BETSY'S WEDDING) head a great cast in this campy and darkly hilarious thriller! Dorine (Kane) is a quiet and hardworking social outcast who has endured years of abuse as the office doormat. Then one day, this mild-mannered paper pusher accidentally electrocutes one particularly obnoxious coworker ... and in the process, completely short-circuits her already unstable sanity! From that moment on, Dorine comes to believe that any office mate can be her best friend -- once they're dead! An outrageous display of the creepier side of office politics -- Dimension Home Video is pleased to bring you an unusually entertaining motion picture that's destined to kill you with comedy!
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Nothing could be further from the truth.
This is the role Carol Kane has been waiting for all her life, after getting relegated to B and C roles in everything from the "Stranger Calls" series to the newly released "Jawbreaker". She gleams with an eerie intensity as seemingly mousy copywriter Doreen Douglas, whose downsizing to a part-time, work at home position, is just the catalyst she needs to plunge into the abyss of madness. For Doreen, her job IS her life, and when it's taken away, she takes steps to ensure her life doesn't leave quietly. "Office Killer" comes at a time when working at home is becoming more and more common place, and with it, the detachment inherent is bound to affect those who have little else going on in their lives. Kane's Doreen makes sure that if she can't be with her co-workers, they can sure be with her, under any circumstances.
Tripplehorn turns in an appropriately plastic performance as the nice-girl-turned-climber and Ringwald chews the scenery as a bitchy writer who seems to be the only one to recognize Kane's increasingly bizarre behavior. Only Barbara Sukowa, as the managing editor, turns in a way way over the top turn, that is grating in it's staginess.
The most gruesome scenes here are almost borderline funny, which sounds sick, I know. But if taken in the context of Doreen's warped mind and Kane's sharp characterization, the result is Pathos mixed with nausea.
"Office Killer" may not be a movie you would even want to see, but it isn't half as bad as you've read. The problem most people have with it I think----is that it hits them where they live and makes them uncomfortable. But, then again, independant cinema needs more films like that.
No matter how fun this movie looks do not try this at home. And no, this is not what is meant by downsizing.
Dorine (Carol Kane) is working for a publisher that is about to downsize the office. The office is sort of dysfunctional anyway. Her character is more in line with Milton Waddams `Office Space' (1999). There may be a sub plot to this. Mean while it seems that everyone involved with making Dorine uncomfortable is invited to stay at her place. FOREVER.
So get out the sticky tape and popcorn to watch this one.
A stupid premise, and a stupid direction process.
This was shot by a lousy photographer that has, Somehow, fallen into "popularity" for a short time.
She is one of those "Photographers" that think themselves important, because they are a suffering Artiste..... battling the angst of a "genius".
Do yourself a favor, do not bother with garbage like this.
Buy a copy of Twelve Angry Men , and watch a real movie.
The thing I most enjoyed about this film was Carol Kane's performance. She makes Kathy Bates in Misery look like the lady in Romper Room. She played the part with such minimalistic ferver it became frightening to watch. Ultimately disturbing to see her go completely wacko as well. This movie absolutely shocked me, I couldn't believe what I was seeing at times. I just didn't expect Doreen to become so evil. It's like, why the girl scouts, WHY?
As disturbing as this movie gets, it still manages to remain comedic, so over the top at times, you chuckle. But then you ask yourself, why the heck am I chuckling? (Am I that sick?).
My hat goes off to Carol Kane in this performance of a lifetime for her. If your a fan of hers, you gotta see her in Office Killer, "the feel good movie of the year!" (yeah right!).
Only Molly Ringwald as the bitchy coworker gives more than a passing performance; Jeanne Tripplehorn almost makes it, but the rest of the cast, well...
Anyway, this is NOT a pleasant movie, and along with CHRISTINA'S HOUSE gives further credence to the ban on door to door selling.
Worth a rent just to see Kane's killer performance!
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Stellar casting! Molly Ringwald is stunning! Carol Kane is classic!Read more