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Freeway Killer [Blu-ray] (2009)

Scott Anthony Leet , Cole Williams , John Murlowski  |  R |  Blu-ray
2.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Scott Anthony Leet, Cole Williams, Dusty Sorg, Michael Rooker, Debbon Ayer
  • Directors: John Murlowski
  • Writers: David Birke
  • Producers: Andrew Herman, Ehud Bleiberg, Jeff Davis, Nadine Corde, Nicholas Donnermeyer
  • Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Blu-ray, Color, Dolby, DTS Surround Sound, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Image Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: February 16, 2010
  • Run Time: 85 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 2.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B002XUBDV0
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #278,629 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Freeway Killer [Blu-ray]" on IMDb

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For years he terrorized California motorists as he rode the endless highways searching for his next victim. The discarded bodies turned up beaten, sexually assaulted and horribly mutilated. Deceptively charming and intelligent, the scheming murderer easily avoided police at first. But as police closed in and the killer's pattern grew more erratic, the only question was how many more will die? Find out in this chilling true story of one of our most notorious serial killers, William Bonin aka the Freeway Killer, whose poisoned mind struck terror into an entire nation.

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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Barely Scratches the Surface of Bonin's Life February 8, 2010
By Compay
Format:Blu-ray
Freeway Killer only offers a glimpse at the life of serial killer William Bonin, who was responsible for killing no less than 20 young men over a two-year period.

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.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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Zero stars for the amature production values. Zero Stars for the rediculously bad acting by a few key players in this film. So the two stars are given for the mesmerizing performance by Scott Leet who was truly creepy as the lead character Bill Bonin. His performance reminded me a great deal of some of the best serial killer performances in recent memory. His acting is excellent, and it's a wonderful thing that Leet's performance earns raves despite a pretty much terrible production quality and uneven story. That is a creadit to the work of a fine actor who was clearly way above the amature abilities of the director and production team. This is pretty much a terrible film, but this actor was simply brilliant in the role of the freeway killer. I must say that I was suprised that the violence was pretty much no more graphic than that of a pg-13 movie. It's not that brutal, not gory at all, and pretty tame, which leaves me scratching my head as to why some people felt this film was truly graphic and brutal. Well it's not at all. Truth be told, a few people get wacked on the head with a tire iron and strangled, and there's very little blood and the realism of it is simply not there. Again this movie stank to high heaven and was totally amature in it's production values, but if you want to see an excellent performance of a serial killer then Leet is your man. But watch it for that only. Every other aspect of this film is totally forgettable.
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Based on an actual criminal case, Freeway Killer (2010) tells the chilling and disturbing story of a notorious serial killer named William Bonin who lived in California, and preyed on young men. Bonin would deposit the dead bodies of his victims along the side of major roadways, leading to his gaining the nickname of "Freeway Killer".

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.
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Directed by John Murlowski who has a few horror movies under his belt and written by David Birke who clearly has a fetish for writing serial killer movies having previously done ones on Gazy and Dahmer among others. It's clear that this duo has had experience in the horror genre in the past it's no surprise that they were able to put together something that was extremely interesting - if not overly scary, gory, or suspenseful. Had this not been based on a true story or told ahead of time that the main character was in prison there may have been a high amount of suspense for us to run with for anyone not knowing the story ahead of time. Even without any real 'fright' factor it still easily fits in the realm of horror and was a very captivating watch.

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.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Exploitative
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 more
Published 6 months ago by California Dreaming
5.0 out of 5 stars Freeway Killer Movies
This movie is based on a VERY TRUE story - My uncle was killed by this man. I was able to let my teenagers watch this so they can see what some people are like!
Published 10 months ago by Rebecca Hazelbaker
1.0 out of 5 stars Some Movies Have It All, This Movie Has None Of It
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 more
Published 11 months ago by Danielle L. Petty
3.0 out of 5 stars Brings back the memories of those times
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 killer
Published 15 months ago by Wayne A. Bilowit
5.0 out of 5 stars Yessssss!!!!
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 more
Published 15 months ago by Meechy_704
5.0 out of 5 stars best serial killer biopic of them all
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
Published 20 months ago by Mike Watson
1.0 out of 5 stars Total Crap
The worst aspect of this film is Scott Anthony Leet, I actually googled him to see if was a real actor or maybe just a friend of the director. He has two modes:

1. Read more
Published on November 20, 2011 by Kurt Steele
3.0 out of 5 stars A decent serial killer flick
Freeway Killer is one of the better serial killer films I've seen so far. Many of these films that are based on real life serial killers are largely inaccurate and/or the... Read more
Published on October 23, 2011 by The Piper at the Gates
4.0 out of 5 stars Hi-Def?
Is this in 1080p??...sure doesn't seem like it...it looks like regular dvd quality. The menu looks hi-def but not the movie.....
Published on February 16, 2010 by JMB
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