Killer Nerd

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Killer Nerd
Killer Nerd.jpg
Directed by Mark Steven Bosko
Wayne Alan Harold
Written by Mark Steven Bosko
Wayne Alan Harold
Starring Toby Radloff
Production
company
Riot
Distributed by Troma Entertainment
Release date
1991
Running time
90 min
Country United States
Language English
Budget $12,000

Killer Nerd is a 1991 comedy horror film. It was directed by Mark Steven Bosko and Wayne Alan Harold and stars Toby Radloff in his first film.

Plot[edit]

The film opens with a dream sequence of Harold Kunkle(Toby Radloff) in which a Dream Girl(Mimsel Dendak) dances around. Harold wakes up and it is shown that he is a lonely, socially awkward nerd. He goes to work and on the way there is harassed by TJ(Niko DePofi) and Leelee(Tony Zanoni), two punk drug dealers. Harold has a crush on Sally(Heidi Lohr), a co-worker of his, and when he asks her out on a date, she makes up an excuse not to go. Harold is also harassed by another co-worker, Jeff(Richard Zaynor), who is shown to be a love interest of Sally. Harold visits his overbearing mother, Helen who he clearly harbors resent towards.

Harold sees an ad on TV for a tape collection on how to be cool and orders it. When it arrives, he follows the steps and then goes to a salon for a makeover. He gets a new hairdo and then buys flowers to win over sally, but when he arrives at her house, she sees him in bed with Jeff. He gives up on Sally and goes to a nightclub where he meets Jenny(Lori Scarlett) and Lilac(Elizabeth Quinn), two punks who dance with him. They behave kindly towards him and take him with them to buy weed from their friends. They go to an abandoned factory, and it is revealed that the friends are TJ and Leelee, the punks who bullied Harold before. The two tell him they are taking him with them to go on a beer run, but then beat him up.

Sad and angry, Harold goes home and snaps. He then creates a plan and sets out to get revenge on his bullies. First, he goes back to Sally's house, where he pretends to be a cat to lure Jeff outside. When Jeff gets outside, Harold cuts his head off. He goes inside to Sally and throws Jeff's severed head on her bed before throwing acid in her face. Next, he goes to his mother's house. There he ties her up and it is revealed that she let Harold's stepfather beat him. He makes her drink bleach and chops her head with a cleaver.

Finally, Harold returns to the factory to kill the punks and begins to pick them off one by one. He stabs Lilac to death, then knocks Jenny out and slices her stomach open. He knocks both TJ and Leelee unconscious. TJ and Leelee wake up tied up in an abandoned infirmary with dynamite strapped to their heads. Harold comes out and makes TJ say he is a "sissy boy" just as he and Leelee had done to him before. Then, he blows up TJ and Leelee's heads. Having gotten his revenge, Harold leaves. The film ends with a shot of the dream girl from the beginning lying dead on the floor.

Production[edit]

The film was produced with $12,000 and was frequently rented in major film rental stores. Troma Entertainment bought the rights to the film.[1] A sequel titled Bride of Killer Nerd was released.[2] A review in VideoHound's Cult Flicks & Trash Pics said that, along with Killer Nerd, the film "deserves your neglect".[3] It was filmed in Ravenna, Ohio, with a prosumer grade camcorder.[4][5]

Reception[edit]

Bill Gibron, writing for DVD Verdict, said that the film "is a certifiable classic, a perfectly executed premise of such outrageous originality that it's amazing no one had thought of doing it before".[2] Ian Jane, of DVD Talk, said that this film and its sequel are "typical bad horror-comedy hybrids" which are "quite dull", but went on to say that "while the movies are pretty much bottom of the barrel entertainment, they do have their own special kind of retarded charm".[6]

A TV Guide review said, "The story is so empty that it doesn't really end; it just runs out of people to kill".[7]

Home media[edit]

The film was released on DVD in 2004, in a double feature with its sequel on one disc. The special features are two commentaries, an interview, four trailers, promo videos, and a music video.[2][6]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Steven Bosko, Mark (2003). The Complete Independent Movie Marketing Handbook. Michael Wiese Productions. p. 363. ISBN 9781615930487. Retrieved August 12, 2013. 
  2. ^ a b c Gibron, Bill (June 8, 2004). "Killer Nerd / Bride Of Killer Nerd". DVD Verdict. Retrieved August 12, 2013. 
  3. ^ Schwartz, Carol; Olenski, Jim (2002). VideoHound's Cult Flicks & Trash Pics. Visible Ink Press. p. 279. ISBN 1-57859-113-9. 
  4. ^ Weldon, Michael (1996). The Psychotronic Video Guide To Film. Macmillan. p. 313. ISBN 9780312131494. Retrieved August 12, 2013. 
  5. ^ "Films For a Fraction, Part II How to Post and Distribute a "Micro-Budget," Shot-On-Video Feature Film". Creative Planet Network. Retrieved August 12, 2013. 
  6. ^ a b Jane, Ian (June 4, 2004). "Killer Nerd/Bride of Killer Nerd". DVD Talk. Retrieved August 13, 2013. 
  7. ^ "Killer Nerd: Review". TV Guide. Retrieved August 13, 2013. 

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