Saul, the serial killer profiler at the heart of director-writer Caspian Tredwell-Owen’s darkly entertaining Profile of a Killer (2012), knows exactly how I feel. Called in to help an old friend crack a puzzling rash of local murders, Saul soon finds himself kidnapped and at the mercy of the very killer that he is trying to identify.
That David, the vicious murderer, is a troubled teen brings out both Saul’s horrified decency and his fathering instincts. While Rachel, a determined agent with secrets of her own, races to find Saul, the cracks in David’s armor begin to show. Abandoning his methodical methods, David begins lashing out with youthful rage – and Saul may eventually pay the ultimate price.
As the piece’s imaginative creator, Treadwell-Owen definitely embraces the bloodthirstiness of the tale. A sequence involving a young prostitute, in particular, is ruthlessly chilling. But, he, wisely, makes Profile of a Killer a character driven piece – even eking out some audience sympathy for the obviously confused, occasionally child-like David. In particular, he gives the kind Saul and the conflicted Rachel powerful backstories that engage the viewer and make the duo’s deadly conflicts all the more intriguing.
Indeed, those who relish in the limb spewing antics of CSI and Criminal Minds will find much to enjoy, here, especially in the well crafted, naturally believable performances of Gabriele Angieri (Saul), Joey Pollari (David) and Emily Franderburgh (Rachel).
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Until the next time – SWEET love and pink GRUE, Big Gay Horror Fan