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Still Life: The Fine Art of Murder (1990)

Still Life (original title)
The alleys of downtown Manhattan become a modern killing field when corpses begin turning up, disfigured and gruesomely posed to appear as pieces of art. In the frightening climate of the "... See full summary »


Graeme Campbell




Cast overview, first billed only:
Jason Gedrick ... Peter Sherwood
Jessica Steen ... Nellie Ambrose
Stephen Shellen ... Teddy Bullock
Gary Farmer ... Billy
Sam Malkin Sam Malkin ... Frank
Lubomir Mykytiuk ... Lieutenant Topolski
Dave McKay Dave McKay ... Dave (cameraman)
Johnie Chase ... Officer #2
Ted Loviscek Ted Loviscek ... Stan
Beverly Murray ... Performance Space Lady
Eric Murphy Eric Murphy ... Al
Elena Kudara Elena Kudara ... Maggie Stefanova
Lawrence Mayles Lawrence Mayles ... Confessed Art Killer
Jane Schoettle Jane Schoettle ... Margaret
Gene Mack Gene Mack ... Man in Beret


The alleys of downtown Manhattan become a modern killing field when corpses begin turning up, disfigured and gruesomely posed to appear as pieces of art. In the frightening climate of the "Art Killer", Peter Sherwood, a struggling musician, is hired to compose for a patron of the arts, and thinks his dreams are coming true. But as the body count continues to rise, the clues surrounding the murders oddly begin to lead police closer and closer to Peter and his new job. Suddenly, all eyes are on Peter and he must scramble to find the real killer - before he becomes his next masterpiece. Written by Anonymous

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You've got to kill yourself to make it in the art world. See more »


Mystery | Thriller


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Release Date:

9 November 1990 (Canada) See more »

Also Known As:

Still Life: The Fine Art of Murder See more »

Filming Locations:

Toronto, Ontario, Canada

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1.85 : 1
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The film's trailer features a scene not featured in the final cut of the film, and also reveals the identity of the killer. See more »


[first lines]
Nellie Ambrose: The Art Killer has struck again. Another homeless man has been found shot to death through the forehead and turned into a macabre piece of modern art. This time, similar to the last, the murderer artist has left his mark: a sign near the body inscribed "A.K.": Art Killer.
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A low budget and predictable serial killer genre
6 May 2015 | by Ed-ShullivanSee all my reviews

if you still have time left before deciding to rent or purchase this boring and predictable low budget thriller than save your money. This so-called thriller (I prefer to call it thrill less) revolves around three friends who share side by side lofts in an abandoned manufacturing building. Jason Gedrick plays a struggling musician named Peter Sherwood who lives with his pretty news correspondent girlfriend Nellie Ambrose played by Jessica Steen. The third wheel/stooge in this plot is a struggling flute player named Teddy Bullock played by Steve Shellen who makes ends meet by tending bar.

Every 10 minutes or so some non-descript vagrant or bag lady is murdered by a so called serial killer named AK (The Art Killer) who leaves his trade mark "AK" near the picture perfect piece of art he has created with the body or bodies he leaves behind.

As could be predicted the so called star of this low budget film actor Jason Gedrick is the prime suspect that the police are investigating for this string of murders. Heck the budget for this film was so tight that the producers could only put one detective on the case. I am having a hard time not providing a spoiler alert since the budget and the plot are so thin (there is only three characters who could possibly be the serial killer? ....duh) that it won't take anyone very long to figure out who the killer is and why the killer is murdering people.

I picked the film as it was filmed in my hometown of Toronto. But once again the budget was so small that they must have filmed the entire movie in a two block circumference, in one evening and with limited lighting and sound equipment. I was bored out of my gourd and I can only muster up a 2 out of 10 rating since Jason Gedrick and Jessica Steen did an adequate job with the thin script that they had to work with. This should be an avoid at all cost films.

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