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Boldly crafted into a creepy yet darkly funny, this urban nightmare will lurk in your memory as will Tony. A loner, and his main source of company is classic '80s action movies he owns on VHS but that doesn't stop him trying to make real friends -- with, for instance, the drug dealers who hang out near his home in Dalston, and the ladies who advertise their services in Soho call boxes. But, when a local child goes missing, his odd lifestyle begins to attract attention. Will his secrets be exposed?

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 80%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Not a reassuring vision, for sure, and no tourist plug for Dalston, Hackney or Haggerston, but the film's a fair calling card for Johnson's talent."
‑ Wally Hammond, Time Out
"Not cheery, but gripping, against-the-odds funny and uncomfortably unique. Johnson and Ferdinando are certainly now names to watch."
‑ Kim Newman, Empire Magazine
"Johnson and cinematographer David Higgs shoot this mundane horror in drab, flat colours, accentuating the invasive intimacy with which we're thrown into Tony's life. The entire screen has the greasy texture of accumulated filth."
‑ Matt Bochenski, Little White Lies
"This micro-budget British shocker blends horror and character study to create an absolutely convincing portrait of psychosis."
‑ Trevor Johnston, Radio Times
"Gerard Johnson's low-budget streets-of-London downer is nominally about a serial killer, but in Peter Ferdinando's remarkable title-role it becomes rather more about urban loneliness and alienation."
‑ Anthony Quinn, Independent
"Dalston's answer to American Psycho, and it's almost every bit as good."
‑ Sam Bathe, Fan The Fire
"The problem is that there's no character development, no revelations and no epiphany. The film is merely nauseating."
‑ , Times [UK]
"Undeniably bleak, but blood-blackly funny and disturbing rather than depressing, this puts Johnson in the Shane Meadows league, and with Ferdinando the director may also have his own ready-made Paddy Considine."
‑ Rob Daniel, Sky Movies
"A masterclass in psychological horror. Funny, terrifying and with a central character to be both despised and pitied, here's a movie that once seen is very, very hard to forget - not necessarily a good thing."
‑ David Edwards, Daily Mirror [UK]
"No one could possibly regard Tony as without flaws. It is often rough and ready - but it is most certainly the product of a real and very promising film-maker, inhabiting a convincingly original world of its own."
‑ Derek Malcolm, This is London
"An impressively restrained and quietly disturbing little psycho-thriller."
‑ Scott Weinberg, FEARnet
"Gerard Johnson's debut is undeniably exploitative and rather pointless, but enough red herrings get chucked into the mix to keep you interested."
‑ Catherine Shoard, Guardian
"Despite a black vein of humour, the slow, directionless narrative leaves Tony looking like Dalston's dour answer to American Psycho."
‑ Rosie Fletcher, Total Film
"It's a back-of-the-envelope idea with a couple of good scenes. Ideally it needed another six months' story development."
‑ Nigel Andrews, Financial Times
"More of a blackly comic social drama than a horror or thriller and has more in common with the work of Mike Leigh and Alan Clarke than it does with the serial killer genre."
‑ Matthew Turner, ViewLondon
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