Earlier tonight, I continued my quest to clean out my DVR by watching the Lifetime film, Black Hearted Killer. This originally aired on April 5th and I missed it because …. well, to be honest, I don’t remember why I missed it. I mean, April 5th — that was like a month ago which, in 2020 time, is the equivalent of several years. Well, whatever my reason for missing it was, I’m sure it was an acceptable one. Fortunately, I set my DVR to record the film.
Black Hearted Killer tells the story of three people and one heart. When their daughter is tragically killed in an auto accident, Juley (Julie McNiven) and Dennis (Jon Abrahams) agree to donate her organs. They don’t want to know who is going to get their daughter’s organs but they do agree to allow the hospital to tell the recipients where the organs came from. Months later, Juley and Dennis are approached by Vera (Kelley Jackle). Vera tells them that she has their daughter’s heart beating away inside of her and that she owes her life to them. Dennis is like, “That’s nice. Go away now.” Juley, however, invites Vera to become a part of their life.
Juley is still struggling to recover from her daughter’s death. She’s still haunted by nightmares. Having Vera around allows Juley to feel as if she’s close to her daughter. Dennis, however, is more suspicious of Vera and the effect that she’s having on Juley. Dennis suspects that Vera’s motives may not be pure. Not surprisingly (because this is a Lifetime film after all), it turns out that Dennis is right.
Black Hearted Killer is an entertaining Lifetime film. By this point, we all kind of know what the general plot of these films is going to be. From the minute that Vera shows up, we know that she can’t be trusted just because she’s a stranger in a Lifetime films and strangers always turn out to be trouble in these films. The fact that the plot is kind of predictable is really one of the main appeals of a film like this. We don’t watch to be surprised. Instead, we watch so we can shake our heads at characters who apparently haven’t seen as many Lifetime films as we have. In this film, it didn’t really take Vera long to show her true nature and she was an entertaining psycho. Kelley Jackle did a good job playing her and Julie McNiven and Jon Abrahams were both well-cast as the couple who she victimizes. I also liked Juley and Dennis’s house which, as veteran Lifetime observes know, is a very important part of any successful Lifetime movie. The nicer the house, the better the movie.
As I watched the film, I found myself thinking about organ donation. I guess, if I died and my organs were donated to someone else, it wouldn’t bother me because I would be dead and I probably wouldn’t know what was happening. A part of me does worry about getting stranded in Purgatory without my liver but I guess I’d make do. Still, I would have to wonder who would end up with my mismatched eyes or my heart or my …. well, you get the idea. I would hope it wouldn’t be anyone mean. If you get one of my organs, treat it nicely.