Freeway Killer [Blu-ray]
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The film was written by David Birke, who had also worked on the serial killer films "Gacy" and "Dahmer." Overall, the film has the vibe of a made-for-cable movie. The majority of the cast had only acted in television, with the exception of film veteran Michael Rooker (Days of Thunder). Scott Leet, while having primarily worked in TV, shows great promise in his portrayal of the serial killer. Leet nails the role that finds him between the rage of a sadistic mentor, and the paranoia of a sociopathic headcase.
What made Bonin notable as a serial killer is that he was the first prisoner in California to be executed by lethal injection. Beyond that, there doesn't seem to be much to warrant having a film dedicated to his crimes. Bonin's own murky past is all but ignored until the film's conclusion; the audience never really understands what motivates his actions. Despite Bonin's history of molesting boys, details of his sexual deviance is also almost entirely omitted from the film as well.
The movie isn't particularly suspenseful, and it never delves into what turned Bonin into a monster in the first place. Beyond Scott Leet's performance, there isn't much else to offer praise for. It's worth a rental, but I wouldn't recommend buying it until after you've watched it and formed your own opinion.
Roughly set in the 1979 through 1980 time period, the film does a fairly good job of recounting some very bizarre happenings, as Bonin (played by Scott Anthony Leet) may have been responsible for over thirty murders. Bonin would typically befriend young men, offer them rides in his van, provide them marijuana, and them kill them. Other times he would take them to his home, and murder them there. Bonin worked alone, and also with several partners, including Vernon Butts (Dusty Song).
Unknown to them, some of Bonin's victims walked a strange line between life and death. In some cases, instead of killing them, Bonin would attempt to get his victims to participate in the murder of another. The film shows an instance of this, as Kyle Peterson (Cole Williams), a convenience store clerk, is introduced to Bonin's and Butt's world of violence, and then participates in a brutal murder.
Bonin's compulsions to kill are overpowering, and lead to a rift between him and Butts, and also with new partner Peterson. Bonin's extreme recklessness eventually leads to his being suspected by the police, and his arrest while actually choking a victim.
The chilling story is told in flashbacks, as while on death row, Bonin has some conversations with a mother who suspects that her missing son was one of his many victims.Read more ›
Freeway Killer tells the story of the serial killer William Bonin (Scott Leet) and the two apprentices that he trained: Vernon Butts (Dusty Sorg) and later on in the life Kyle (Cole Williams.) What absolutely works about this film is how Scott plays William. He is able to be both charismatic and absolutely ruthless and is able to visibly show that he seems to be restraining the madness at parts of the film if you know he is actually insane. If you know anything about the story it helps that Scott actually looks quite a bit like William will the makeup on and really can play up his performance. Scott is definitely an actor I would like to see more of in the horror genre and hopefully will be making a return to it in the near future.
As the story starts we are shown Bonin being questioned by a woman who wants to know if her son was one of Bonin's victims so that she might have closure if her life.Read more ›
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interesting moivie if you like serieal killer flicks hehehehePublished 10 months ago by scott m anapol
There is a fine line between a good film, and one that is simply exploitative. It's hard to say where that line is, but as they say, "You will know it when you see it. Read morePublished on January 30, 2014 by California Dreaming
This movie is poorly acted, poorly written, poorly paced, really, it's just poor. If you're not familiar with the "Freeway Killer" this movie will tell you very little. Read morePublished on August 17, 2013 by Danielle L. Petty
Zero stars for the amature production values. Zero Stars for the rediculously bad acting by a few key players in this film. Read morePublished on May 4, 2013 by Natja K.
I am glad a movie was made of this murderer and his times. But so many facts were missing that you only get a small partial picture of this killerPublished on May 2, 2013 by Wayne A. Bilowit
Where should I start lol? This movie is one of the best thrillers/documentaries I've ever seen before. In fact, so good I had to purchase it!!! Read morePublished on April 12, 2013 by Meechy_704
now ive seen nearly every serial killer bio ever and this happens to be my favorite the guy playing william gave me chills he was so creepy
i dont know how accurate the... Read more
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