It’s 1947, hard-boiled private dick Charlie Nickels’ client is murdered and her priceless diamond stolen. The investigation forces Charlie to do the one thing he vowed he would never do again: trust a dame. Kill Me, Deadly has the look and feel of the classic noirs of the 1940’s, a classic love story with deceit, murder, double and triple crosses all wrapped in… comedy. That’s right, comedy.
Runtime: 100 minutes
Format: 1:85 Flat
Sound: Dolby SR
Directed by: Darrett Sanders
Starring: Kirsten Vangsness, Dean Lemont, Paul F. Tompkins, Shemar Moore, Time Winters, Raleigh Holmes, Lynn Odell, Keith Allan, Joe Roche, Nicholas S. Williams, Darrett Sanders, Phinneas Kiyomura, Wendi West with Lesley-Anne Down and Joe Mantegna
Best Director — Hollywood Reel Independent Film Festival
Best Supporting Actor — Hollywood Reel Independent Film Festival
Official Selection — Soho International Film Festival
“Successfully adapting and opening up his own play, writer Bill Robens crafts an entertaining, affectionate film noir spoof, appropriately and atmospherically lensed in shadowy black and white by director of photography Nicholas Trikonis and crammed with genre archetypes (even the Maltese Falcon contributes a cameo), hard-boiled motor-mouthed narration supplied by private dick hero Charlie Nickels (Lemont) and relentless banter that frequently flies creatively out of control, providing the pic with one of its funniest running riffs. While Kill Me, Deadly occasionally flirts with ZAZ Team/Naked Gun-style parody, it ultimately succeeds in locating a tone all its own, a deadpan burlesque that sends up beloved noir tropes by the Studebaker carload. Our tale opens in 1947 Hollywood when a suspicious Charlie answers a summons sent by Beverly Hills aristocrat Lady Clairmont (a dead-on Down) and soon finds himself trenchcoat-deep in murder, corruption and bizarre characters like Lady Clairmont’s geeky son Dewey (Tompkins, seemingly channeling Crispin Glover), notorious gangster Bugsy Siegel (Mantegna in typically fine form), and, most prominent of all, chunky, chameleon-like chanteuse Mona Livingston (a versatile Vangsness, pulling out all the comedic stops). Other familiar characters include the seductive, spoiled daughter (Holmes), antagonistic cops and tough-talking henchmen (the latter headed by director Sanders doing double duty). While not every snub-nose bit hits a bull’s-eye, Kill Me, Deadly shapes up as a consistently fun lark, specifically tailored to tickle noir buffs. The casting reflects a significant connection with the long-running teleseries Criminal Minds, with Vangsness, Lemont and Mantegna all enjoying long-running stints on the show. Props also go to production designer Krystyna Loboda, costumer Kimberly Freed and composer Bill Newlin for further selling a convincing noir ambience.”
- Videoscope Magazine
“Noir Enthusiasts should have a lot fun…Recommendation of the house!”
“…The best of countless cinematic parodies…”
“Pokes fun at all the film noir tropes audiences know and love”
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“Lovingly has fun with the genre…”
“Slick…stylized…played for laughs”
‘Kill Me, Deadly’ takes a fun shot at a 1940s-style Hollywood mystery.
- Los Angeles Times
“…a deadpan delight…just gets better, and funnier, as it goes along.”
- HK and Cult Film News
“The cast is full of actors from theater and TV, including Vangsness’ “Criminal Minds” co-stars, Joe Mantegna and Shemar Moore.”
– ABC News
“…’Criminal Minds’ Crew’s Noir Comedy Gets April 1 Release Date…”