GenreThriller Music directorSteve Foster CountryCanada
Release date1992 (1992) WriterStan Edmonds, David Winning, Jaron Summers CastMichael Ironside (Luther Kane), M. Emmet Walsh (John Kane), John Pyper-Ferguson (Max Oliver), Krista Errickson (Shelley), Paul Austin (Ric Oliver), Chantelle Jenkins (Lori) Similar moviesI Spit on Your Grave III: Vengeance is Mine, Bloody Moon, Taken 3, Mad Max: Fury Road, Brooklyn's Finest, John Wick
TaglineA powerful Senator, his psychotic brother... and a photographer who knew too much.
Killer Image is a 1992 independent Canadian suspense film directed by David Winning. It stars Michael Ironside as "Luther Kane" and John Pyper-Ferguson as "Max Oliver". The story centers on two brothers, one a powerful senator, one a ruthless killer. A photographer captures images of the politician in a compromising position and is murdered. Now his brother has discovered the film and wants vengeance.
When Max Oliver (John Pyper-Ferguson) learns his photographer brother has been killed, he suspects it was no random murder. And when he finds his brothers' last photos of a powerful senator (M. Emmet Walsh) and a prostitute, Max gets a clear picture of a deadly political cover-up. Seeking to expose his brother's killer, Max enters a murderous game of cat and mouse, stalked by a cold-blooded assassin (Michael Ironside) who has Max dead in his sights.
Michael Ironside as Luther Kane
John Pyper-Ferguson as Max Oliver
Krista Errickson as Shelley
M. Emmet Walsh as Senator John Kane
Paul Austin as Ric Oliver
Chantelle Jenkins as Lori
The film was shot in the September and October 1990 in locations in and around Calgary, Alberta. Production took 20 days. Malofilm, a distributor from Montreal, and Pierre David, in Los Angeles, were partially funding the project, along with seed-money from the Alberta government. The film was released in Canada and the United States in 1992, being distributed by Malofilm, but did not receive a home video release until the early 1993 thru Paramount Home Video and received its US premiere as a finalist at the 1992 Houston Film Festival.
The Calgary Herald published a review in March 1992 that said David Winning’s sharp stylish exploitation movie, is a triumph of first-rate technique over less than first-rate content. No one who appreciates Winning’s talent, however, can keep from hoping he’ll aim a bit higher next time. Chuck O’Leary on Rotten Tomatoes called it an implausible B thriller made watchable by Michael Ironside's portrayal of another clenched-jawed psycho.