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B.T.K.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
I watched this for two reasons, the first being Kane Hodder. He does really well with the creepy type role that Dennis Rader (aka BTK) would offer. I also enjoy True Crime types of movies, and BTK would make a good blueprint for one. But this film misses the mark by a Witchita mile. While Kane is great as the self-absorbed, megalomanic Rader, "BTK" is a murder movie with a characther based somewhat on BTK.

Instead of using the actual case as the basis for this movie, the movie bases itself on a serial killer, then uses bits from a case. Hodder just seems to pick his victims at random, while Rader methodically stalked them and planned his attacks. Events seem to be made up from whole cloth, like kidnapping a girl off the street and then letting a small child in the van as the victim lay bleeding in the back. Rader was never that impetuous, and a study of why/how he became this sociopath would have been interesting.

"BTK" is not that movie. It is also likely not going to be the last BTK movie, either. One extra star for Hodder, but that's it.
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9 of 12 people found the following review helpful
on May 23, 2009
I have read the two reviews posted... I have no idea who gave this movie 4 stars... the producer? The writer? The actors? The other review was harsh but difficult to argue with. While I do not know the exact events and cannot speak to accuracy, this movie is just plain bad... Very poor acting, and I mean VERY poor acting. This movie is only entertaining in the area of learing what the BTK killer did and how although, as previously stated, I have no idea how accurate these aspects were stated in the movie. I would suggest spending two hours on the internet researching the BTK killer as opposd to suffering through this movie.
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7 of 10 people found the following review helpful
I can't express how disappointed I am with this movie. It is inaccurate, and in my opinion, another hollywood flop in the serial killer genre. I've read quite a bit about BTK and this movie omits the beginning of his career as a serial killer. The movie starts way after the original killings that occured in the 70's, and doesn't touch on his days at ADT or his beginnings. The acting is horrible, and the star protraying b.t.k. is hard to look at because of his neck and how odd he looks. DON'T WASTE YOUR MONEY.
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on October 17, 2014
I read "Bind Torture Kill" a while back, a book that was really strong, especially as it showed how law enforcement and the media can work together to solve a crime. I also watched "The BTK Killer," a somewhat weaker-but-still-worthwhile effort, as it was a mostly-true bio on Dennis Rader. Sometime before or after that, I rented "I Survived BTK," a film that I panned, giving the review a title something like, "I Survived 'I Survived BTK.'" Yes, I might seemingly be obsessed about this story, but I'm surely not as obsessed as Mr. Rader. Really, I'm not.

So I had to rent "BTK" of course, since I'm not really obsessed, as I just wrote. Supposedly, this film is "inspired by true events," which I've joked before means "it's neither inspired nor true." Well, this film is somewhat inspired and it's somewhat true, so I'll go with a 3 today.

For a serial killer film, I actually laughed too many times. That's right; I laughed. I laughed when Mr. Rader, while preparing to kill a young, married gal, lectured something like, "Now, what did we learn today? We learned to not be a little wh---." Funny, but probably intentional. (From my knowledge of Mr. Rader, this was probably accurate. He liked to lecture more often that my Philosophy professor in college.) I laughed when Mr. Rader's wife first finds out that he might be a serial killer, and starts wailing. It just seemed so fake to me, so I think that this laugh was unintentional.

But some of the story seems to have been changed for no apparent reason. As an example, here they show him picking up young women in his truck, abducting them and killing them. I believe that all of his murders were home invasions, but that may not be true. At any rate, I believe that this was conjecture and was therefore unnecessary.

Well, I just reviewed "Ann Rule Presents: The Stranger Beside Me." I thought that that film was really strong for the genre. Why not watch that one instead? BTK is not really AOK.
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10 of 15 people found the following review helpful
on April 17, 2009
Kane Hodder returns to horror yet again with the release of B.T.K. on DVD. Not to be confused with Ulli Lommel's movie, B.T.K. Killer, Kane Hodder plays Dennis Radar in the new Lionsgate release which is inspired by the true story. Keep in mind that this isn't the first time Kane has portrayed a real serial killer. A couple years ago he starred in another direct-to-video feature which was based on the story of Ed Gein, entitled Ed Gein: The Butcher of Plainfield. While the Ed Gein movie wasn't that great, this one is. It's a huge improvement for Hodder and it's nice to see that there's a straight-to-video release that's actually good. As you can imagine, I had no hopes in seeing this. The only reason why I bothered to watch it is because I am a fan of Kane Hodder and his work. Rather than having it sit on my shelf to collect dust, I popped it in my DVD player the day after I received it. I was shocked at how into the movie I was. The story sucked me in and the acting alone made it enjoyable.

In the movie, Hodder portrays Dennis Radar (the infamous BTK killer). B.T.K is an abreviation which stands for the words "Bind, Torture, and Kill." Radar appeared to be your average family man. He worked as a compliance supervisor in the city, he went to church and he raised a family with his wife, Susan. In 2005, Dennis confessed to the serial killing of 10 people in the Wichita, Kansas area from 1974 to 1991. In the movie we follow Dennis at work, home and in his corrupt mind as he binds and tortures his victims (mostly middle aged females). Dennis acts out his need for power and control by preying on and murdering innocent people on the streets and in their own homes. He is quickly deemed the "B.T.K" killer by the police who have been receiving his letters for years. It would seem that Dennis is trying to get his name out there as the "B.T.K. Killer."

B.T.K. does a great job of staying true to the story. While most of it is dramatized for entertainment, the script is based on facts from the actual case. Unlike the more bizarre killers such as Dahmer and Bundy, Radar appeared to be your average Christian family man. This film focuses on Dennis Radar's struggle to contain his urge and hide it from the ones he loved. As time passes, Dennis's wife begins to question his strange ways. Since Dennis wasn't very close to his two teenage daughters, they didn't bother to question his daily routine. Dennis would often leave early for work, come back smelling like a sewer, and then shower. After having dinner with his family, he would go to his work shed near the backyard where Dennis kept all of his materials. On his desk, there were the pieces of rope he used to tie up his victims. Dennis used the desk to write letters to the police and send them directly to the police station himself to prevent being traced back to the house.

I was amazed and smiling to myself when I was watching the movie. I just couldn't believe how true they stayed to the actual story. Overall, I really enjoyed the movie and, for that, there are a few good reasons. Kane Hodder's performance as the B.T.K. killer was noteworthy. He did exactly what he needed to do with the part. In fact, this might actually be his best performance yet. While the actresses portraying his family were mediocre and slightly over dramatic, Hodder knocks it out of the park with his acting. In most of these movies based on real life killers we normally see what goes down in the local police department. In this movie, the main focus is on B.T.K. and his family. We only get to see the police near the end of the film when they're tracing the murders back to Dennis.

I give most of the credit to Michael Feifer who wrote and directed the film. His script and direction was surprisingly good. It was so good, in fact, that the I enjoyed the scenes with Dennis doing his job as a compliance officer more than all the gruesome bits that actually made this a horror movie. The death scenes felt more like a plus to an already entertaining story. The special effects are fine for a low budget movie. Fans that are into gore will be content with the amount of blood on screen. Like most films, B.T.K. is far from perfect. Some of the acting was a bit off and the editing near the beginning felt too bizarre for a film set in the real world, but it actually made the movie truly enjoyable. Don't be fooled by the lack of marketing for the film. For a direct-to-video release, B.T.K. is actually a really good movie.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on February 16, 2010
i rented this movie thinking it would be a good insight into the BTK case that i followed through the news..BOY WAS I WRONG.
acting was horrible, along with dialouge and overall direction. a classroom of sixth graders could have made a better movie than this. HIGHLY DISAPPOINTED!
its not worth the price on here, its worth more like 50 cents!
don't waste your time with this one!
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
TV's AMERICAN JUSTICE did this better. There's little truth in this, other than Rader's capture. None of the real victims are used; production values are terrible and Kane Hodder needs to stick to his non-speaking Jason Voorhees roles.
Nothing to recommend here.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on June 2, 2013
I think a lot of people are confusing bad direction with bad acting. In the hands of say Abel Ferrara these performances could be dynamite. As it is, Kane Hodder's brauva portrayal of a truly depraved killer is the only selling point for this continually repugnant story. What other possibly successful acting efforts are general hampered by some atrocious direction. The overall effect is quite uneven but Hodder kept me watching through the whole movie. If you weren't scare by Hodder I think you're really not realizing what it would be like to look over and see "him" standing in a doorway inside your house. I not recommending this movie, as I said it is repugnant but Hodder's performance shouldn't be overlooked, it's genuinely creepy. If I were to see him in broad daylight right now I'd think I'd jump. Sorry I couldn't come up with a better header for the review.
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on March 14, 2013
KANE IS MY FAVORITE HORROR ICON! I WOULD RECCOMEND THIS FILM TO ALL HORROR FILM FANS! KANE DID A GREAT JOB!
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on January 14, 2015
I love this movie and the film is a great format. Definitely recommend buying this DVD.
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