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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, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD 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: B002XUBDVA
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #99,358 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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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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It's hard to say where that line is, but as they say, "You will know it when you see it."
California Dreaming
In some cases, instead of killing them, Bonin would attempt to get his victims to participate in the murder of another.
trebe
Where the film lets the audience down, however, is the lack of background information on the life of Bonin himself.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Compay on February 8, 2010
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 By trebe TOP 500 REVIEWER on November 9, 2011
Format: DVD
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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Stuart on April 4, 2011
Format: DVD
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 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Rebecca Hazelbaker on September 11, 2013
Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
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!
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