A Killer Story Time
Bruce Von Stiers
Some time ago, I was giving director Aaron K. Carter a hard time on social media about one of his films. It was a zombie themed film titled Dead Kansas. I was, like, hey, I live in Kansas. A little bit later on, I get this package in the mail. It's from Aaron and has a DVD in it. The DVD actually contained a double feature. It had Dead Kansas on it. The disc also had a comedy thriller on it titled An Hour To Kill. Well, I did write a fairly nice review of Dead Kansas. But I never did get around to writing a review of An Hour To Kill. That is, until now.
The film opens in a bar. A yuppie looking guy is talking to the bartender, trying to get him to allow for and office party there. Some guys come in and head to the kitchen area. The bartender follows and hands one of the guys a gym bag. He leaves and goes back to talk to the yuppie guy. Just then, another guy appears in the kitchen and kills the other guys. He goes up front, talks to the bartender and then leaves with the first guy.
In short order, we find out that the yuppie guy is Frankie. And the shooter is a guy named Gio. And that they are both hitman working for a gangster. We also learn, through a phone call to the boss, Mr. Kinski, that the intended target wasn't at the bar. The boss gets mad and wants Gio to kill whoever tipped off the target. And that he's got an hour to do it. Hence the title of the film
Frankie Pozos is Frankie. Besides being costume characters at both Disneyworld and Universal Studios, Frankie has co-starred in one film and a mini-series. Gio is played by Aaron Guerrero, who at this point has a somewhat limited screen resume. But he did also have a role in Dead Kansas. Mr. Kinski is played by Mel Novak, who has been in films with such stars as Bruce Lee, Chuck Norris and even Jerry Lewis. Mel always seems to play the heavy in the films he's in.
Gio is expected to talk to Mr. Kinski in an hour to let him know the deed was done. But something else just might be going on. To kill the time, so to speak, Gio and Frankie begin to trade stories. That's when the meat and potatoes of the film started to pull together. It seems that the grosser the story, the better. They are supposed to be true and involve hits or something similarly deadly. From there, the film moved on to several vignettes; stories dealing with danger, grossness, and death.
The first story involves a group of late teen girls sometime in the early 1980's. They are going to some kind of pot farm in the Santa Monica mountains. But there is an old bunker in the area that supposedly was used by Nazi sympathizers or something back in the day. The girls are a typical bunch, one nerdy, one cheerleader type and the others somewhere in between. Weird stuff begins to happen and the girls start to disappear. But to say more would give away the ending of the story. Amanda Rau, Stephanie Strehlow, Jola Cora and Alexya Garcia play the girls in the story.
Another story involves a burrito eating contest and a super hot chili pepper. This story was kind of gross from the start and doubled down by the end of it. The lead actors for that segment were Brendan Mitchell, Gabriel Mercado and Luna Meow.
In between the stories, there is some background drama going on with Mr. Kinski and some other guys.
Another story involves bowlers looking to add a new member to their team. They all end up at a bar looking for women. They kind of like larger women for fun, with references to hogs. There's a guy who knows a guy who can help them out. For some reason, the bar seems to be the same one that was featured in the film Dead Kansas. The guys go out to a farm and, well, it's not too much fun for the participants. Joe McQueen, Michael Camp, Chris Morris, Cal Alexander and Kevin C. Beardsley are all featured in this story segment.
Other actors who appeared in the various segments of the film included Pau Anderson, Vince Kelvin and James Hazley. And Veronica Ricci was in a bizarre bit at the end of the film.
This background drama in between story segments comes to a head at the end of the film. Betrayal and redemption are the core elements for the plot that surrounds the stories that Gio and Frankie tell.
As I mentioned at the start, Aaron K. Carter directed the film. He also produced the film with Jacob Harlow. Besides this film and Dead Kansas, Aaron directed and produced a Las Vegas documentary / comedy. Jacob is mainly known as an editor, having worked on various The Walking Dead projects.
An Hour to Kill was definitely a peculiar film. It had comedy and drama mixed in with horror and some just plain gross stuff. It seemed to be geared more for the comedy and grossness than anything serious. But if you don't mind a little gross in your comedy, then An Hour to Kill might be worth checking out.
An Hour to Kill is available on Amazon Prime and YouTube. You can find out a bit more about the film at its Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/AnHourToKill .
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