The Last Horror Movie review

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"I'm trying to make an intelligent film about murder while actually doing the murders," explains chatty psychopath Max (Kevin Haworth) in this smart Brit ick flick. Making up for its rough-around-the-edges feel with some censor-baiting scenes of murder most foul, this mock snuff movie follows Max as he selects his victims and murders them - all the while talking straight-to-camcorder. The concept owes a bloody nod to Belgian spoof Man Bites Dog, but the laughs here are in short supply as director Julian Richards asks interesting - if familiar - questions about voyeurism and morality. Undeniably hampered by its gimmicky set-up (which will work better on video than in the cinema) and wild overacting from Haworth, it succeeds on the strength of its vérité violence. Plus it's hard not to feel a certain frisson as Max looms into the camera lens to ironically intone: "Me evil, you good..."

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