KatieBird is your just your average everyday serial killer, as her psychologist soon finds out while delving deep into her demented past! Justin Paul Ritter's directorial debut shows no shortage in style or ambition, although it is severely lacking in character, mood, and in the overall performances. Ritter immediately jumps in to a split-screen format that he will use throughout the duration of the film, but De Palma he is not. The technique is never properly applied to better our understanding of the characters or to tell a multi-layered story. Instead, it is mainly used to show the same repeated action from multiple perspectives. This would make sense if KatieBird were, perhaps, schizophrenic? The panels only serves as an ongoing distraction, and frequently remind the viewer that they are watching a movie. Ritter's attempt to create a serious character drama is foiled by his two lead actresses, playing the older and younger versions of KatieBird. Helene Udy and Taylor M. Dooley are impossible to believe in the role, and make it difficult not to laugh at their quirky, over-the-top performances. The basic premise and groundwork in KATIEBIRD could have served as a functional serial killer picture had Ritter taken a much more subtle approach, but there is far too much working against the film to make it enjoyable on any level.
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