Title: Fantom Kiler

Also known as:

Year: 1998

Genre: Horror / Giallo / Sexploitation

Language: Polish

Runtime: 90 min

Director: Roman Nowicki

Writer: N/A

IMDb: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0302551/

When a woman is found, dead, in the woods. The police start to put the pieces together and believe that a serial killer may have returned to his old habits, of stripping women of their clothes before butchering them.

Our thoughts:
I won't lie. I wanted to watch the "Fantom Kiler" movies simply based on the cover alone. I hadn't read the description, had no idea what it was about, all I know is the cover features a naked woman in a "frightened" pose, and my curiosity was peaked. So should have I been surprised when I finally did watch the movie, that it turns about to be nothing but a shallow skin flick, that claims it is more than that? Well in all honesty I was. I figured the movie was going to be sleazy but would have never guessed it was going to be as stupid as it was when it came time for the women to get naked.

Even if you are going to watch this, merely for the eye candy, you'll still be dumbfounded by the ridiculous setups created for the nudity. I mean, I can't tell you how many times I've seen a woman trip and fall, which caused her to fall out of her clothes. Or yet, a woman who takes off her cut-up tank top off because she doesn't want to get her "good clothes" dirty while she tries to get her shorts out from underneath a car. If you're going to make a skin flick fine, but is it too much to ask that the filmmakers (and I use that term loosely here) put a little more thought and effort into the scenes?

Ignoring the fact that the movie creates some of the dumbest scenarios for nudity, what's worse is how the movie sells itself as being a sexually violent giallo. At least with movies like "Camp Cuddly Pines Powertool Massacre", it knows its a porno and doesn't try to pretend that it's not. While "Fantom Kiler" and some of its fans try to pretend that it is some how more than what it is. The supposed violence in here is absolutely laughable, often times the scenes being edited as if it was a music video (should make the A.D.D. crowed very happy) and are so cheap and ridiculous, it'll make any B-Movie look like a big budget epic. Maybe its just me, but I just don't consider scenes of a knife being dragged across the body, while doing nothing more than smearing what is suppose to be fake blood, but actually looks like paint, to be all that convincing. Not to mention the fact that story is a flimsy one, of a random collection of women being isolated in the woods where they are stalked and eventually killed. They try to throw in a twist in the end, as if it will some how make the movie seem like it's a serious effort, and not a complete waste of time.

The only compliment I can give "Fantom Kiler" is the special attention given to the lighting. While its not as effective as it could have been, they obviously drew inspiration from the old gothic Italian movies, and used vibrant colors such as reds, greens and blues to light the scenes. The only reason I found it interesting was simply because you don't see many movies using that style anymore. Regardless of that, the lies the movie told me are unforgivable. It made promises of being a thrilling modern day giallo, which it never kept, but worst of all. "Fantom Kiler" also tries to pass itself off as a Polish produced movie, even by having the actors speak the language, but it was actually a Russian production. That hurt the most. While the movie is deceitful on many levels, it's just an absolutely awful movie that's only purpose is to show as many naked female bodies as possible. So if that's all you're looking for in a movie, then you're luck.

Positive things:
- Plenty of good looking Russian...Oh I'm sorry. Polish ladies running around naked.
- Unique lighting.
- A man and a woman playing a game of "Sword In The Stone" except with a wooden spoon and somebody's asshole.
Negative things:
- It's an absurd movie on a grand scale, everything in here is completely ridiculous to the point that it's not even funny. Well ok, maybe it's a little funny.

Gore: 1/5
Nudity: 4/5
Story: 1.5/5
Effects: 1/5
Comedy: 2/5

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