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|An Ordinary Killer|
Actors: Terence Knox, DJ Perry, Dan Haggerty, Terry Jernigan
Directors: Anthony Hornus, Jeff Kennedy
Genres: Mystery & Suspense
This is the tragic real-life story of a serial killer who stalked his victims in the early 1970s in small town America, weaving a trail of twists and turns that left people unsettled for two generations, until investigativ... more »
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D. Mills | Silly Valley, CA | 12/27/2007
(4 out of 5 stars)
"This relatively low-budget indie production is based on a true case that haunted Michigan investigators for 30 years. Although the killer took several lives, beginning in 1968, it is the 1973 murder of a young mother that forms the core of this movie. An accompanying documentary feature gives a rundown of the actual case, culminating in a 2002 conviction, made possible by DNA techniques developed in the intervening years. Don't watch this until you have seen the movie - it'll take some of the edge off the mystery.
For dramatic effect, the writers have taken some liberties with the lives of some of the investigators, and names have been changed. Nevertheless, they clearly went through the true case files and selected from the long list of eccentric suspects, leading to some interesting characters as the investigation unfolds. The victim had been running errands all day prior to her disappearance, so a number of town citizens were prime targets for scrutiny, all of whom admitted some interaction with her, but claimed she was alive and well when they parted.
The murders took place in central Michigan, and the movie is set near its original spot. Everything here has a true-life, small town feeling, down to the grey skies and barren winter landscapes. Still, evidence is convincingly presented to the viewer, and the only thing that separates this from an episode of CSI is the glamour, location, and high-end production. In the end, they get their man, and yes, he is painfully ordinary.
Recommended for CSI fans and those who have enjoyed real-life crime exposes, such as Michael Baden's Autopsy on HBO, or A&E's Cold Case Files."
noclaimtofame | Oakley, MI United States | 01/12/2009
(4 out of 5 stars)
"This movie is a typical independent film, but it tells an important story, especially for the people in this Mid-Michigan area. It is well researched and for the most part well done."