“WOMEN WHO KILL”— Obsessed with Serial Killers

“Women Who Kill”

Obsessed with Serial Killers

Amos Lassen

Morgan and her ex-girlfriend Jean are locally famous true crime podcasters obsessed with female serial killers. Perhaps they still have feelings for each other, but co-dependence is ignored when Morgan meets the mysterious Simone during her Food Coop shift. Blinded by infatuation, Morgan quickly signs up for the relationship, ignoring warnings that her new love interest is practically a stranger.

When Jean shows Morgan proof that Simone may not be who she says she is, Morgan accuses Jean of trying to ruin the best thing that’s ever happened to her. But as she and Simone move into commitment territory, Morgan starts to notice red flags that maybe Jean was right and Simone isn’t as perfect as she had made her out to be. As Morgan and Jean investigate Simone as if she were a subject of their podcast, they uncover disturbing clues including a death at the Food Coop, a missing friend, a murder weapon and they begin to suspect her not only of mystery, but of murder. In the end, Morgan has to examine all the evidence in front of her and decide if is she just afraid of what it means to be in a relationship or is her life actually in danger?

I love dark humor and acerbic dialogue and they are both all over “Women Who Kill”, a wickedly fun satirical mystery set in Brooklyn. Unlike many stories centered on lesbian characters, these characters are slightly more relatable even in their excessively quirky interactions. This is something of a comedy, something of a mystery and a metaphor for the challenges faced in navigating relationships, particularly a new relationship and the insecurities that become apparent. Here is a wonderful juxtaposition of genres alternating between mystery, seething dark humor, and a hint of suspense.

The humor is dry and the acting deadpan in this comedy that plays it droll and is all the funnier for it. Set in gentrified sections of Park Slope, Brooklyn, the tale centers on Morgan (Ingrid Jungermann) and Jean (Ann Carr), former lovers who still live together and produce the podcast of the title, which profiles female serial killers. Morgan meets Simone (Sheila Vand), a mysterious beauty and they begin a romance that borders on the strange and then becomes eerie when Jean begins to suspect that Simone is a serial killer. At first Morgan is skeptical, and wonders if Jean may just be jealous.

Jungermann also wrote and directed this and she knows how to devise fast-moving and clever conversations. There is a lot of humor and dry wit and it takes a familiar theme of romantic comedies — the fear of commitment — and gives it new life by adding a morbid element to the mix. Jungermann’s deadpan humor and line delivery are quite refreshing.

This DVD features surround sound, English subtitles for the deaf and hearing-impaired along with the official WOMEN WHO KILL trailer.

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