"This film was not given a fair shake with theatre distribution. Patrick Swayze's performance was very convincing as an innocent man released from prison after serving a long sentence, when new evidence proved the wrong man was convicted. He appeared pale, as you would expect of a person spending so much time locked behind bars. Due to a chain of events beyond his control, he is stalked by a killer, one of several women who had been writing to him while he was in prison. Not having a clue as to who is trying to kill him, a suspenseful pursuit ensues. During filming of a scene where he is fleeing on horseback, his horse bolted and Swayze struck a tree, suffering severe injuries. Trooper that he is, he managed to finish the film (it is noticeable how much pain he is in during the process), but with great effort. Since he is one of the few stars who always felt he should do his own stunt work, he was nearly fatally injured. This film kept me in suspense to the very end. I give it your top rating."
THEY'RE REALLY TAPES
Michael Butts | Martinsburg, WV USA | 03/11/2005
(3 out of 5 stars)
"I guess TAPES FROM A KILLER Didn't have the selling point? Anyway, what ever happened to Patrick Swayze? After RED DAWN and DIRTY DANCING, seemed like he had everything going for him. His performance in this lukewarm thriller isn't bad, but it's not inspired, either. He does some really stupid things, and one can't help but wonder why the screenplay made him so gullible and thoughtless. He's surrounded by four women he wrote to while on Death Row, and then after given a new trial, he's released. Problem is while in prison, the nasty head guard, played with relish by Michael Bowen, switched the tapes he was sending and all four women found out he was leading all of them on. One of them has vowed revenge and wants him back on death row. The script playfully points the finger at one of the ladies, played by Gia Carides. But is she guilty? Carides and Kim Meyer as the southern belle Gloria outact Swayze, and Roger E. Moseley as Horton, the friendly guard and Bruce McGill as the head FBI agent lend capable support. It's not a surprising movie, but it holds your interest."
Kris Butts | South Carolina | 07/10/2000
(2 out of 5 stars)
"This is a decent movie, and even fairly suspenseful. However, there are parts that keep this Patric Swazye flick from being given 4 or 5 stars. One is that fact that the film is rather contradictory on several points, which I will leave to you the viewer to discover. Another problem is the simpicity of the film. A man is in jail for his wifes murder; he is acquitted; someone trys to frame him by killing associates in the same manner his wife was killed; in the end, he is proven innocent. The same plot as a thousand other films. This movie seems to have striking characteristics seen in "The Fugitive", but it simply goes too far. Not a high recommendation. GOD BLESS YOU !"
The suspense keeps on going
J. Ellis | Eastern WA state | 04/27/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I don't know why others have not liked this movie, I thought it was great. It was suspenseful and you don't know if he really did kill his wife and is now killing his "girlfriends" who he was corresponding with by audio tape while in prison, or if one of the women is trying to set him up out of anger. The prison guard was also well played. I really got into this movie, and I think it deserves a chance, so don't be discouraged by reading other reviews that are less than complimentary."
Made for Television
Crystal Hurlburt | 10/16/2009
(2 out of 5 stars)
"This movie was made for television; instead of a major rent, or buy movie.The beginning is interesting, to the middle of the movie. Towards the end of the movie it started making no sense. I felt the acting almost didn't relate to the other parts of the movie."