Office Killer

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Office Killer
Theatrical release poster
Directed byCindy Sherman
Written byTodd Haynes
Tom Kalin
Elise MacAdam
Cindy Sherman
Produced by
StarringCarol Kane
David Thornton
Molly Ringwald
Jeanne Tripplehorn
Barbara Sukowa
CinematographyRussell Fine
Edited byMerril Stern
Music byEvan Lurie
Good Machine
Kardana/Swinsky Films
Good Fear
Distributed byStrand Releasing (United States theatrical)[1]
Miramax International (International theatrical and worldwide home video[2])[1]
Release date
  • December 3, 1997 (1997-12-03)
Running time
82 minutes
CountryUnited States

Office Killer is a 1997 American comedy-horror film directed by Cindy Sherman. It was released in 1997 and stars Carol Kane, Molly Ringwald and David Thornton.


A magazine editor named Dorine, due to budget cuts, is forced to work from home. One night she is called to help fix the computer of a co-worker, Gary Michaels, who is electrocuted while trying to fix the wires. Dorine dials 911, but hangs up when the call is answered. She places the corpse on a cart, rolls it down to her car, loads it in her trunk, and takes it home, placing it in her basement. Then, seemingly without reason, she goes into a murder spree.

She begins her spree by murdering another office worker, but later murders two young Girl Scouts who arrive at her door to sell cookies. The young girls join the other corpses in the basement, and Dorine is seen eating the cookies while working on her new laptop.

Dorine sends messages from Gary to the remaining office workers, implying he is alive. There are three more murders before the movie ends, all artistically executed. The last murder is the office manager (played by a young Jeanne Tripplehorn), who awakens in the basement, surrounded by dismembered bodies, after being knocked out by Dorine on a lunch date. After dispatching the office manager's boyfriend, who had come searching for her (a young Michael Imperioli) with a kitchen knife, Dorine murders the office manager after taunting her for making her and other employees work from home.

The last scene shows Dorine, after her mother's death, setting fire to her basement, then, sporting a blond wig and makeup and with the office manager's head in a bag on the seat beside her, driving away in her car, and circling a newspaper ad with her pencil for an office job.



Although poorly reviewed, The New York Times claimed the film included "a nasty caricature of Arianna Stassinopoulos Huffington".[3] On review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes, the film holds a 17% rating, based on 18 reviews, with an average rating of 3.1/10.[4]


  1. ^ a b Elley, Derek (20 August 1997). "Office Killer". Variety. Retrieved 22 November 2021.
  2. ^ "Strand nabs U.S. rights to 'Killer'". Variety. 18 August 1997. Retrieved 6 November 2022. Strand was chosen to distribute "Office Killer" after a series of delicate negotiations between Miramax, which still owns international and ancillary rights to the arthouse-styled genre film, and Good Machine, Ted Hope's and James Schamus' Gotham-based indie, which produced the film through its Good Fear joint venture with Kardana Films.
  3. ^ "'Office Killer': Cindy Sherman Turns to Movies".
  4. ^ "OFFICE KILLER". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved February 7, 2023.

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