Serial Killing 4 Dummys

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Serial Killing 101
Directed by Trace Slobotkin
Produced by Mathew Davidge
Harry John Trube
Written by Trace Slobotkin
Starring Thomas Haden Church
Justin Urich
Lisa Loeb
Rick Overton
George Murdock
Corey Feldman
Barbara Niven
Music by Jeffery Alan Jones
Cinematography John P. Tarver
Edited by Daniel Candib
Richard Candib
Pamela Raymer
Parlay Productions
Distributed by Lionsgate Films
Release date
  • 1999 (1999)
Running time
89 minutes
Country United States
Language English

Serial Killing 4 Dummys is a 1999 dark comedy film written and directed by Trace Slobotkin and starring Thomas Haden Church and Justin Urich.[1][2]


The film first screened at film festivals and had limited release in theaters in the late 1990s under the title Serial Killing 101, before its "official" theatrical release in February 2002. When released on video in 2004, it was retitled Serial Killing 4 Dummys.[2]


Upon its screening in 1998 at the Convergence Film Festival in Rhode Island, The Providence Journal wrote the film was "as fresh as the latest TV news break-in report." and "In the real world of schoolground slayings, Serial Killing 4 Dummys is in very bad taste. But that's the point. This black comedy, filled with barbed irony, is about the disaffected and talentless, who only see headline-grabbing mayhem as their way out of their personal ruts. And it shoves our noses in it."[3]

Beyond Hollywood wrote "the movie is much better than it really has any right to be", and that as both writer and director, Trace Slobotkin "oftentimes manages to ascend beyond the constraints of the movie." They note that the film is not without its issues, and that the background issue of there being a real serial killer at work does not begin to make its impact until after the first 20 minutes.[2]

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  1. ^ Thomas Riggs, ed. (2006). Contemporary Theatre, Film and Television, Volume 72. Contemporary Theatre, Film and Television - Gale virtual reference library. Thomson Gale,. ISBN 0-7876-9045-7. 
  2. ^ a b c "Serial Killing 4 Dummys (aka Serial Killing 101, 1999) Movie Review". Beyond Hollywood. June 24, 2004. Retrieved 14 August 2010. 
  3. ^ Januosonis, Michael (June 12, 1998). "High school's a killer in this edgy black comedy". Providence Journal. Retrieved 14 August 2010. 

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