Random Acts of Violence
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Title: Random Acts of Violence
Directed by: Jay Baruchel
Written by: Jay Baruchel; Jesse Chabot
Produced by: Jonathan Bronfman; Andrew Bronfman; Matt Code; Matt Foster; Ken F. Levin; Jean-Charles Levy; Randy Manis; Jimmy Palmiotti; Sandra Singer; Jesse Williams; Lisa Wolofsky; Jason Netter; Jay Baruchel
Music by: Wade MacNeil
Andrew Gordon Macpherson
Cinematography: Karim Hussain
Edited by: Andrew Gordon Macpherson
Distributed by: Elevation Pictures
Manis Film
Kickstart Productions
Released: September 19th, 2019
Rating: Unrated
Running time: 80 min.
Country: USA/Canada
Language: English

Random Acts of Violence is a Canadian/American co-produced independent feature film of the horror genre with an emphasis on the slasher subgenre. It was written and directed by Jay Baruchel whom he co-wrote with partner Jesse Chabot. It was produced by Elevation Pictures and Manis Film in association with Kickstart Productions and Image Comics. The movie premiered at Fantastic Fest on September 19th, 2019. It was released in Canada by Elevation Pictures on July 31st, 2020.

Plot[edit | edit source]

Todd Walkley is a Canadian comic book writer and artist who, along with his publisher Ezra, is responsible for the creation of a popular independent horror comic called Slasherman. The book is greatly inspired by a series of grisly murders committed by an unidentified maniac dubbed the "I-90 Killer". Todd, Ezra, assistant Aurora, and Todd's girlfriend Kathy embark on a road trip from Toronto to the United States to promote the final chapters of the comic at a convention in New York City. The only thing wrong is -- Todd doesn't have an ending yet.

As they travel south, they make a pit-stop in the town of McBain, where Todd appears as a guest on a local radio show. The host of the show is not look upon Todd or his work very kindly, and things become even more tense when Todd receives a telephone call during the show from a mysterious voice who mutters a string of numbers.

Meanwhile, a killer bearing the wardrobe and accouterments of the fictional Slasherman is secretly following Todd, and committing random acts of violence - all of which are patterned after scenes from the Slasherman comic. The group drive past a cordoned off murder scene, but a tarp blows away from the corpses, revealing three young vitims, bound together in a grotesque tableau, which is an exact effigy of a scene from one of Todd's comics.

Eventually, the welding-mask clad murderer catches up to the crew at a motel whereupon he kills assistant Aurora, leaving her severed head behind in the parking lot while the others sleep. Todd, Kathy and Ezra are brought in to a police station for questioning, but are allowed to leave once their alibi is confirmed.

Todd continues to receive phone calls from the killer who again only says a series of numbers. Initially, Todd thought that the numbers related to verses and chapters from the Holy Bible, but he eventually concludes that the killer is annotating volumes, issues and pages from the Slasherman comic. The last call depicts a family being murdered.

Todd, Ezra and Kathy drive upon the scene where the killer's van has blocked off a family in a car. They are helpless as they watch the killer brutally execute each member of the family with a handgun. He then pursues Kathy's SUV, driving it off into a ditch. Ezra is killed in the crash.

Todd and Kathy are captured and dragged back to the killer's lair. Kathy tries to escape, but the killer catches up to her and finishes her off. He then brings Todd and the bodies of Aurora, Ezra and Kathy to his "home", which is the site of his very first murder. The killer unmasks, revealing that he was inspired by Todd's work with Slasherman, stating that it had given him the sense of purpose that he had always longed for. He now wished for the two of them to execute "our ending", which would consist of Todd killing the man. Todd, emotionally destroyed as he gazes upon the bloody corpses of his friends, takes up the killer's offer, as well as his knife, and stabs him twice, then slashes his throat open, killing him. Todd finally has his ending for the Slasherman saga.

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Notes & Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • This movie is an adaptation of the Random Acts of Violence graphic novel published by Image Comics in 2010. The book was written by Justin Gray and Jimmy Palmiotti with artwork by Giancarlo Caracuzzo and coloring by Paul Mounts.
  • There are a total of twenty-two credited cast members in this film.
  • This movie has a 59% Rotten rating on the review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes based on sixty-four posted reviews. It has an audience score of 50% based on a total of ten users.
  • Random Acts of Violence has a rating of 2.7 on Letterboxd.
  • This is Jay Baruchel's second film work as a director. It is his first directorial work in the horror genre. He also directed the 2017 comedy Goon: Last of the Enforcers. Jesse Chabot also worked on this film.
  • The scene where an unhealthily enthusiastic fan approaches Todd at the signing is reminiscent of a similar scene from Rob Zombie's Halloween II wherein a fan named Chett Johns approaches Sam Loomis' table at book-signing.

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Keywords[edit | edit source]

Automobile accident | Canada | Christmas | Decapitation | Evisceration | Flashback | Gore | Gunshot victims | Head injury | Knife | Motel | New York | Ontario | Profanity | Psychopath | Serial killer | Severed head | Slit throat | Stabbings | Throat injury | Toronto

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Baruchel, Jay [@BaruchelNDG (August 14, 2019). ""I am beyond proud to announce that yesterday was the final day of post production on RANDOM ACTS OF VIOLENCE. 8 years ago @jessechabot and I wrote the very first treatment and now here we finally are with a finished product that we are honoured to show the world.""] (Tweet). Twitter.com. Retrieved November 15, 2019 – via Twitter.
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