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Suicide Kings (1997)

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Commentary 1: Director Peter O'Fallon and producer/co-writer Wayne Allan Rice Rating:7.0/10 (2 votes) [graph]Login to vote or review
Reviewed by iwantmytvm on September 6th, 2020:Find all reviews by iwantmytvm
At times, it seems that O Fallon and Rice were recorded together and do interact, but I suspect that most of their comments were spliced together. In any case, they do combine for a worthwhile listen. O Fallon has more to say, even sharing some elements regarding the opening and closing credits.

Rice was more the catalyst for the project and sought out O Fallon to direct. He speaks about the travails on financing and often repeats that they shot the film on a very low budget, noting the product placement throughout the film. Shooting in the LA area for NYC was also more cost effective, and they used other rooms in the main house as additional sets and locations. Unfortunately they had to deal with a cantankerous and litigious neighbor.

They have much to say about casting, and offer anecdotes about the process to choose the principal and supporting roles. The collaboration with Christoper Walken was smoother than with Denis Leary. Credit is given to improvised lines as they appear. O Fallon notes the manipulation employed by the Walken character during the film. They attempted to shoot in sequence, and some scenes were added or evolved from table read or during film, however some material that they cut during the edit. O Fallon originally envisioned the film as more of a comedy but over the course of production it became darker and edgier helped along by the Graeme Revell score. Still, he wanted the antagonists to be bad guys with heart. In the spirit of a darker film, O Fallon and the DP aimed for claustrophobic and tight shots, in a horror film style, and he points out his intentions for camera movement and lighting.
Reviewed by grimjack on July 14th, 2021:Find all reviews by grimjack
The above review says a lot more than I would, and does a better job of detailing it. Overall, I found it a bit boring, with the more interesting stuff in the beginning explaining the original ideas, and how it got made.