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Critical Acclaim

for the horribly slow murderer

with the extremely inefficient weapon

“Quite Possibly the Greatest Horror Short Ever!

If only they could all be this damned good!  Steady yourself, dear reader. Steel your nerves, lock your doors, pull your shades, and turn on all the lights! Nothing can prepare you for the horrors of Richard Gale’s The Horribly Slow Murderer With the Extremely Inefficient Weapon!  Oh, glorious day!

-- Steve Barton, Dread Central

“Screamingly funny stuff, this is the rare case where the shine of an inspired over-the-top title is actually matched by the genius of the film itself.  

Someone, get Gale funding for his feature. Now.”

-- Mitch Davis, Fantasia Film Festival

“Utterly hilarious... Genius.”

-- Stuart F. Andrews, Rue Morgue


“Dead Channels Film Festival Comes Alive... with stellar shorts like Richard Gale's incredibly elaborate faux-trailer The Horribly Slow Murderer with the Extremely Inefficient Weapon.”

-- Dennis Harvey, SF360, Variety

“Astounding... a thrillingly brilliant Hitchcockian homage.”

-- Michael Guillen, ScreenAnarchy

“Not quite Monty Python or Alfred Hitchcock – more disturbing than either."

-- Andrew Sullivan, The Dish

Tribeca Film Festival

This has "midnight movie gold" written all over it. ...Unlike any other movie out there.

In a market where, *sigh*, new reboots of the previously rebooted Friday the 13th, A Nightmare on Elm Street, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, and Halloween franchises are already underway, Gale's commitment to introducing a wildly new kind of villain should be applauded.

-- Matt Barone - Tribeca Film Festival

“Hilarious short film genius from Richard Gale!”

-- James Wignall - Motionographer

"One of the Highlights of the Sitges Film Festival"

-- Variety

For Your Consideration: Simply The Most Enjoyable Movie of the Year

“Richard Gale’s latest is a joy for genre fans of many stripes as well as moviegoers in general.  Clearly I can’t claim to have seen everything that’s been released this year—no one can—but I’m guessing I’ve taken in a couple of hundred titles, and so far none of them have provided the highs that Gale’s film has. Its title? The Horribly Slow Murderer with the Extremely Inefficient Weapon.

When I heard that the film had recently won a Special Jury Award at Fantastic Fest for “sheer enjoyability” my expectations ran high—very high, in fact, considering Gale’s previous work. Still, this instant classic blasted through the ceiling of all those expectations: having this much fun in only a few minutes should probably not involve something that can be done in public.


Spoofing guns-and-explosions action movies, J-horror, and, unforgettably, Psycho’s shower scene—and really anything else in can get its hands on—the film feels like a brainstorming session brought to life. Yet somehow all these ingredients hold together, even as the story moves across a world stage to a terrifically hyperbolic musical score. The two leads, downtrodden Paul Clemens and Criticized’s Brian Rohan excel at the physical comedy, but just when things could threaten to get goofy, Gale shifts gears into another mode of parody or, once in a while, throws us a change-up that’s just purely disturbing. Overall, The Horribly Slow Murderer is the kind of movie you just let wash over you because after the first minute or so you really have no choice but to surrender to its pleasures.”

-- Peter Gutiérrez, Firefox News

“A truly great parody...

The Horribly Slow Murderer takes a premise that sounds like it wouldn’t make it past an elevator pitch and spins it into 10 minutes of pure gold. It has all of the elements that you’ve seen in a horror movie before – an ancient occult angle, elements of body horror and mind-tricks, an indestructible and relentless monster – but gives them a brand new twist with a murder weapon that nobody has ever thought to use before.

What elevates The Horribly Slow Murderer beyond other lesser horror parodies is the seriousness which (the filmmaker) affords their material.”

-- Phil W. Bayles, One Room with a View

“Must Watch --- This is an awesomely hilarious short film trailer

that you need to watch now!”

-- Joey Paur, GeekTyrant

“A stroke of genius... This film is one of the funniest shorts I’ve seen hands down.

-- Josh Darling, The Blood-Shed

This extended fake-trailer/short film from Richard Gale has been the fan fave of the recent festival season, just laying waste to audiences wherever it has played. 

Extremely funny.  Highly recommended.

-- Jason Sondhi, Short of the Week

Screen Rant's Pick of the Day

In the grand history of horror films, we’ve seen psychopaths slaying their victims with a veritable armory of weapons... To be perfectly frank, finding creative and terrifying ways to kill people has become something of a lost art. Luckily, there are still bold and creative-minded filmmakers working in the horror industry; filmmakers like Richard Gale.

Gale’s most recent project pushes the very limits of horror. It dares to ask the question: How many years can a man fight for his life against an evil unstoppable force?

The Horribly Slow Murderer with the Extremely Inefficient Weapon is a terrific lesson in short filmmaking. Gale has a pitch-perfect feel for the genre, and his script is filled with humor. Furthermore, on a technical level, the film looks great and reflects an attention to detail that often escapes other directors... his horror spoof has already earned 12 film festival awards.” 

- Rob Frappier, Screen Rant

“Richard Gale’s 2008 masterpiece, that deals with a man, tormented by a spoon wielding demon from Hell.”

-- Ernie Fink, Bloody Whisper

Richard Gale's thoroughly entertaining short film The Horribly Slow Murderer with the Extremely Inefficient Weapon is one of the funniest horror spoofs I've seen all year... Presented as a trailer for an upcoming nine hour feature-length motion picture, this insane 10-minute classic is very similar to the absurdist comedy stylings of The Kids in the Hall, Mr. Show, and The Upright Citizens Brigade. 


-- Bloody Good Horror

“It's awesome.”

-- Rob Bricken, The Robot's Voice

“Richard Gale’s ten minute short that’s a pseudo-trailer for what would make an absolutely awesome film. Despite the descriptive, yet modest, title this short has explosions, beards, guns, the undead, tanks, global locations and spoons… what more could you ask for? Genuinely funny and very well produced this one is well worth checking out.

Verdict:  Watch!!”

-- Paragraph Film Reviews


-- Peter Sciretta,'s Video of the Day

“Director Richard Gale created a genuine cult phenomenon with his short film.”

-- Todd Brown, ScreenAnarchy

“Genius... Utterly hilarious.” 
-- Stuart Andrews, Rue Morgue

“One of the funniest horror parodies I have ever watched. The short film is shot in the style of a movie trailer. While having one of the greatest titles of any film I have ever seen, it also boasts one of the best tag lines ever: "It will kill you. Even if it takes the rest of your life". That will make more sense after actually viewing the film. Do yourself a favor and watch this is hilarious!”

-- Hayes Hudson's House of Horror

“The most accurate recreation (of Hitchcock's shower scene from Psycho) in terms of camera angles and shot duration.

- Alison Nastasi, Cinematical

Sometimes what you really need is something to break the monotony of work. You need something that’s going to make you laugh so hard that you might lose control of your bowels...  This might be the cure for what ails. Richard Gale’s The Horribly Slow Murderer With the Extremely Inefficient Weapon is as funny as its name is long.  Poking fun of horror films and over the top trailers all in one fell swoop, it tells the story of the most annoying murderer in cinematic history.” 

- Mike Snoonian, Film Thrills

“A legitimate online Phenomenon.”

-- Ain't It Cool News

Take a narrative concept, and make it ridiculously hilarious. Richard Gale’s cult-status short film The Horribly Slow Murderer with the Extremely Inefficient Weapon.

-- Empty Kingdom

“Hilarious.  Watch This!”

-- Sean Duregger, The Geek Couch

The B-Movie Avenger Presents: The Best of YouTube

“Today’s filmmakers tend to take themselves too damn seriously (trust me I deal with them on a daily basis so I would know) So when I discovered Richard Gale and his twisted sense of humor, down to earth regular guy approach to dealing with the public and fans, and talent for making blockbuster quality content with two nickels and a half a piece of stale bubblegum I was instantly captivated. Most notably about this channel though is the Creepy, hilarious, just wrong creation that is The Ginosaji. A pale skinned, spoon wielding unstoppable Japanese demon who has for reasons unknown set his sights on poor Jack and turned his world upside down. What started as nothing more than a purposely overlong joke trailer soon became an internet sensation, spawning interactive videos, a web series and an actual feature length film (which is currently in the works) Everything about this channel is addictive...we’re just sad that there’s not more.”

#1 on the List of the Top 10 Best of YouTube

-- Drew Mead, B is for Best Movie Reviews

“For global indie films (Short of the Week) is

highlighting the best movies... We'd particularly recommend The Horribly Slow Murderer with the Extremely Inefficient Weapon.”

-- TechRadar

“Unbelievably funny... Phenomenal.  I love it.”

-- Gruesome Hertzogg Horror Movie Reviews

“Mention must be made of The Horribly Slow Murderer with the Extremely Inefficient Weapon, which follows a man as he is bludgeoned to death by a mysterious spoon-wielding man over the course of several years.  Brutally hilarious.

-- Will Perkins, That Shelf

“And finally, I bring you this, because this is awesome. It’s Richard Gale’s THE HORRIBLY SLOW MURDERER WITH THE EXTREMELY INEFFICIENT WEAPON. Enjoy!”

-- Mark L. Miller, Ain't It Cool News

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