Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Killing Time (1995)

This ultra rare short film was once the third entry on a special Norwegian edition of a VHS labeled Stephen King's Nightshift Collection. As far as I can tell, Killing Time was not included on any other releases of Stephen King's Nightshift Collection which is not so strange considering that it has nothing to do with Stephen King at all and is actually based on a story by someone called Dennis Etchison. It makes you wonder how it made its way onto the Norwegian VHS in the first place, but at least it explains why the hardcoded Norwegian subtitles are there.

I've been unable to track down any other version and, believe me, I've searched. I even tried contacting Dennis Etchison himself, as he also plays a short cameo in the film and hopefully had some more information about it, but apparently he's turned into somewhat of a recluse and is "A bit wary of the Internet" according to his editor.

Actually, the more I've searched for info about Killing Time, the more mysterious it's become. And I find all this mystery very strange, considering just how awesome the film is. There's talent practically bursting out of every pore, from the awesome screenplay to the direction, to the cinematography, soundtrack, eerie atmosphere and fantastic comic book artwork which intertwines each scene. The acting is also great, featuring an early performance by Eric Stoltz.

If I was to compare Killing Time to anything, it would have to be They Live. And I've always found it strange that Killing Time was never expanded into a full feature as there's tons of material there to expand upon.

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If you are in any way connected to the making of this film and do not wish it to be here, please let me know, and I'll remove it pronto.


  1. Thanks for sharing. It wasn't easy to find it out.

  2. No problem! I'm so glad more people are discovering this magnificent short film.