Movie Review: Kill Ben Lyk (2018)

December 31, 2019

Written by DanXIII

Daniel XIII; the result of an arcane ritual involving a King Diamond album, a box of Count Chocula, and a copy of Swank magazine, is a screenwriter, director, producer, actor, artist, and reviewer of fright flicks…Who hates ya baby?

All across jolly ol’ London-towne a masked bloke is offing people named Ben Lyk. this causes a ton of static for Ben Lyk (Eugene Simon), a wannabe social media gadfly who is a likable, if not very entertaining to watch, online presence.

Soon, our hero finds himself in a safe-house, along with an ass-load of other Ben Lyks (of which there are a surprising number of) as the constabulary have gotten wise to the Lyk related homicides and rounded-up all potential victims.

That of course is a right shit idea, and soon our Terminator stand in makes the scene, and our main man Ben is balls deep in trouble as he tries to deduce just why these Ben Lyk eliminations are going down in the first place!

Running a scant 77 minutes, Kill Ben Lyk is consistently funny, suspenseful, and at times completely pitch black. It’s also rather timely as one of the Ben Lyk’s is a male-to-female transitioned former Ben Lyk (Simone Ashley) who our protagonist has the hots for… without the proceedings ever getting preachy.

Other positives include the charisma of leading man Simon who gives us a personable hero to root for as all of the craziness goes down, as well as some truly great instances of our beloved red sauce being splashed about with wild abandon… bit therin lies the rub cats n’ creeps…

As everything in the narrative plays out in a rather darkly humored and amicable manner, the third act of Kill Ben Lyk gets rather (and unexpectedly) heavy, which definitely harshes the vibe of the proceeding acts. Not really a cinematic faux pas, but definitely a bit of a fucking downer after the fracas we have enjoyed up to that point (and sorry for the vague-view, but spoilers aren’t my bag baby).

Entertaining if uneven, Kill Ben Lyk nonetheless delivers a fun horror comedy cum mystery that shouldn’t be missed!



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