Director: Michael Feifer
Writer: Michael Feifer
Starring: Kane Hodder, Amy Lyndon, Daniel Bonjour, John Burke
Like most people that probably watched B.T.K., I only had one real reason to watch it; Kane Hodder. I have always been a huge fan of the Friday the 13th franchise. Jason Voorhees is my favorite villain of the all the '80s slashers. I have also met Kane Hodder a couple times at Horrorfind Weekend (Yes, I go to a horror convention) and he is probably one of the nicest guys I have met at the convention.
Kane Hodder started his career in the movies as a stuntman and is best known for playing Jason Voorhees so he is not exactly what most people would call an actor. He did have a couple scenes in the movie Hatchet (2006) where he had to show some emotion but there weren't many of those scenes and for the most part he just played a character that was very similar to Jason. I really thought it might be interesting to give B.T.K. a look and see if he could carry a movie in a role that actually might require some acting chops.
Well Kane Hodder came across as pretty believable as Dennis Rader, the B.T.K. killer, however the movie didn't really give him much to work with. The script is pretty awful and for the most part is just a pretty typical slasher movie. The script didn't give Hodder much of a chance to really explore the character so it is hard to say how good his acting really was in the movie.
For the most part the movie just moved from kill to kill with some slight pauses here and there for a little bit of character development. That character development didn't really do much though. There was much to little of it and what was there wasn't really that interesting. They took some scenes to show that Dennis Rader was kind of a jerk that liked to slightly abuse his authority as a Compliance Officer. There were also a few scenes that showed him at church and with his family but overall these scenes were kind of just glossed over in favor of showing the killings.
The biggest problem with the killings in the movie is that the director didn't even try to space them out. There was no real sense of how much time there was between each of the kills. After watching the movie I looked up some info on Dennis Rader and found out that there was usually three to five years between each of his killings. The movie makes it seem like they all happen one right after another over the course of a month or so. The only thing in the movie that seems to set some kind of timeline is that there is a quick comment made at the end of the movie stating that he had been killing for 30 years. That passage of time was never shown though, no one aged, clothing styles never changed, car styles never changed.
Kane Hodder was probably the best part of the movie if for no other reason, it was interesting to see him playing a character that didn't require him to be hidden under tons of makeup. From what I can tell from this movie, he certainly will not be winning any Oscars lately and he probably won't ever be moving outside the horror genre. He certainly may be able to create an acting career for himself in the horror genre. I think he could definitely do better than this movie if he found a better writer and director to work with though.
As a bonus to all my readers: Me at the mercy of Kane Hodder.