Posted on Sunday, April 11th, 2010 by Hunter Stephenson
It’s a crazy, mixed up world and we are thankful for movies that offer proof. Slashfilm’s Weekend Weirdness examines such flicks, whether in the form of a premiere for a provocative indie, a mini review of a film about a murderous nerd, or an interview.
Another week, another serial killer film. The British import, Tony, follows the fictional killer in its title—a Londoner who resembles a malnourished Milton from Office Space—across several days and several murders. It’s not uncommon for filmmakers to focus on a mass murderer to boldly address social undercurrents or the culture at large and newcomer Gerard Johnson is content to follow. In his interview with /Film, Johnson dismissed the horror genre altogether to describe Tony, preferring to call it a “social realist thriller” and referencing Alan Clarke, the late master of violent, blue collar English cinema (Scum, Made in Britain). But there aren’t many thrills in Tony.