I Love You So Much It's Killing Them (2016) Review

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I Love You So Much It's Killing Them (2016) Review

Horrorific content by TE Simmons on November 20th, 2021 | Movie Review | Comedy, Love Sick, Serial Killer

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It’s a dark comedy concerning the three – or is it four? – favorite loves of the heroine.

I Love You So Much It’s Killing Them is a short (15-minute) film directed by Joel Ashton McCarthy (I Am Alfred Hitchcock) and starring Alex Duncan (The Age of Adulting and Killing Gunther) and Clayton James (a/k/a Clayton Chitty) (My Mother’s Stalker and Christmas on the Menu).

What happens when horror-math meets true love?

I love you so much Review

She “never quite fit in,” the protagonist concedes, in a voice-over first person intro. Her three loves (not necessarily ranked by importance) are mathematics, accounting, and senseless, random murders – all involving math of a sort. Mathematics is the language of accounting and what is serial killing but ruthless subtraction?

In stabbing after stabbing; it’s minus-one. Then minus one more. Then minus another. Etc.

As a 20-something accountant, the protagonist, Vivian, crunches numbers with the same violent precision as she crushes skulls. Everything in her life enjoys a comfortable, statistical equilibrium until Alex messes with her internal spreadsheets. He walks into her office and her balance tips.

It is a match. Vivian outwits the analytics of law enforcement profilers. And he seemingly crushes baseball statistics with equal abandon. She’s smitten by him.

Vivian and Alex are employed in the same office. She’s a mid-level executive. He’s the new receptionist. She showers him with anonymous gifts for a time, working through the sexual tension with after-work murders (hence the title, I Love You So Much It’s Killing Them). Then she makes her move, inviting him for a dinner date.

No first date is perfect and theirs is no exception. Vivian is puzzled. He orders wings. He’s actually a bit of a numbskull. So, she comes right out and asks him, “Since I first laid eyes on you, why haven’t I been able to tell a 5498AQ form from a 1099-PTR?”  

If Alex doesn’t have the right answer, he may just find himself a deduction on Vivian’s form 1040-EZ.

Worth Watching?

Affirmative. It all adds up. Give it a watch.

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