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Kemper (2008)

Sean Thomas , Christopher Stapleton , Rick Bitzelberger  |  R |  DVD
1.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Sean Thomas, Christopher Stapleton, Robert Sisko
  • Directors: Rick Bitzelberger
  • Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: 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: Lions Gate
  • DVD Release Date: November 25, 2008
  • Run Time: 88 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 1.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #264,170 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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Inspired by the events surrounding Ed Kemper, the Santa Cruz serial killer commonly referred to as "The Co-ed Killer." An ordinary man leading a routine life, no one is more surprised by the fact that Ed Kemper is responsible for the gruesome murders than his friend, Detective Tom Harris. Assigned to find the killer, he's betrayed when Ed reveals himself as the killer. Harris is trapped in a cat and mouse game, hoping to bring Ed to justice and stop the horrific killings.

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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars A "thriller" you'll see it coming a mile away... June 21, 2009
Ed Kemper (Robert Sisko), an oddball, 40-something recluse who lives with his mother, has serious insight when it comes to solving crimes. Picture a bad Harvey Keitel impersonator with significantly less passion, mixed with an insane person who loves to hear himself speak. His mother is a foul-mouthed, chain-smoking, horror movie-watching wench who thinks her son is a waste of life. Ed teams up with a detective named Tom to solve a recent rash of murdered young women.

Aside from Sisko's performance, this movie pretty much stinks. Sisko is compelling as a twisted, jaded mind who suffers from a deep-seeded history of abuse. He appears to believe his ramblings, and without his character, Tom is as worthless as an elevator in an outhouse.

Some aspects of this film are so rehashed that I'd call it plagiarism. And the others are so hackneyed that they are comical at times. The worst part, however, is that every scene transition feels like one from a drama on Telemundo:

Character #1: Dramatic line
Character #2: Incredibly obvious, not so dramatic attempt at a dramatic reply
"Spooky" music: Duh duh duh duuuuuuuh

Given that the major clue in cracking the case ends up being a collage, it's fitting that this movie is essentially a collage of several, better made horror movies. It's the abusive mother and insane son relationship of Psycho, the detectives who use classic literature to solve the crimes of a self-delusional madman of Se7en, and the helpful non-police force assistant to local detectives of The Bone Collector.

This is a definite low-ball, B-level suspense thriller. It's not that interesting or original, and I'd recommend passing it by for several of the other worthwhile selections in the Walmart five dollar bin.
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Total doo doo April 10, 2009
Kemper was a psycho killer who beheaded collage girls, had sex with their bodies and cut them open and played with their inards. This crap movie makes him seem like an intellectual person with issues.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Terrible March 14, 2010
Besides the horrible acting and directing, this movie has zero to do with the real killer Edward Kemper. Do not bother wasting your money on this.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Buy August 24, 2009
By D. Mays
I am extremely satisfied with this purchase. I used it for a class I taught, and the class loved it. It help provide insight into a truly disturbing time.
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