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‘The Omicron Killer’ review: So bad it’s good or just so bad?

Take out your checklist.

The Omicron Killer sounds simple enough. A copycat serial killer ends his spree on the anniversary of the death of the person who inspired him. After a failed mugging leaves him in the hospital, he begins a new reign of terror. One Satanic cult, two bumbling cops, and a third serial killer later, and things are not as easy as they initially seemed.

There is way too much going on here. The title makes it seem like the movie is going to be centered around one character. He lives up to his name, but he takes a backseat to the shenanigans of the pair of cops who are trying to capture him. Their interactions amount to a series of wanna be Laurel and Hardy skits that are in dire need of rim shots. If they are not doing their poor comedy routine, they are engaged in random sex scenes and conversations about “a little unnecessary excessive violence”. It is supposed to be funny, but it wears thin very quickly.

When the police are not taking up screen time, the Cult of Covid are the focus. There are less scenes involving them and Felissa Rose provides the best performance of The Omicron Killer – which amounts to her yelling and cussing out her minions. Two encounters they have with pursuing police are laughably bad, but the real question is why are they even in the movie? They add nothing to the story before they are abruptly removed from it.

The really odd part is that the entirety of The Omicron Killer is built around people who seem like they are going to be important and end up meaning little. There are subplots involving a nurse who may or may not have psychic abilities, vengeful kids determined to catch the killer, a crazy clown who is also apparently a serial killer and strangest of all, a doctor who is patterned after Freddy Kruger who plays a major part in the finale before just completely disappearing.

Despite the wackiness, it all may have worked if director Jeff Knite (who also helped write, produce, and appears in the movie) was able to nail the tone. The Omicron Killer never takes itself seriously and is clearly meant to be a silly watch. The problem is it either goes too far – a dance number involving a doctor – or it is just plain dumb -any scene involving cops. Ultimately, it asks what is the dividing line between so bad it’s good and just so bad. 

The Omicron Killer is available on digital platforms now.

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