We reviewed the clever short film, Brentwood Strangler a little over a year ago when it was making the film festival circuit. The film, staring Jordan Ladd and Adam J. Yeend tells the tale of a killer on the loose while a hapless single lady goes on a blind date. Hijinks ensue and things get suspenseful and a bit gory!
“Written and directed by John Fitzpatrick, “Brentwood Strangler” is a clever, well made thriller with a comedic tinge. What begins as a typical serial killer story diverges into a sort of dark version of When Harry Met Sally. While the idea of going out on a blind date with a serial killer is an inventive one, this short excels in the scenes that feature the two leads sharing edgy banter with one another.
The film, while not perfect, is very promising. Fitzpatrick is a relatively new film maker with a new voice. A few beats in the movie land with the sort of mannered tone, while others play out naturally. That minor note aside, Fitzpatrick knows how to set up a rather convoluted situation with amazing economy. The idea is out of the way, we are totally on board, and before we know it we are getting the the real meaty stuff that we want to see. There are also some deliciously icky moments that remind us of the reality of the situation. Trying to avoid spoilers here. Suffice it to say, we had a lot of fun with this movie.”