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The Serial Killers (2005)

Ted Bundy , Ronald DeFeo Jr.  |  NR |  DVD
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Ted Bundy, Ronald DeFeo Jr., Henry Lee Lucas, Kenneth Allen McDuff, Kenneth Bianchi
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Box set, Closed-captioned, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 3
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Dark Sky Films
  • DVD Release Date: August 30, 2005
  • Run Time: 390 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0009OL8GM
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #88,044 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Serial Killers" on IMDb

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The Serial Killers is a fascinating and shocking documentary of the most notorious murderers of our time. Infamous serial killers such as Kenneth Bianchi, Ted Bundy and Henry Lee Lucas give chilling first-hand accounts of their brutal crimes. The program also examines the sadistic exploits of lesser-known murderers whose crimes are just as terrifying and bizarre. Profiled in this 3 disc set are:Michael Bruce Ross (The Roadside Killer), Arthur Shawcross (The Monster of the Rivers), Catherine May Wood and Gwendolyn Graham (The Lethal Lovers), Douglas Clark (The Sunset Slayer), Harvey Louis Carginan (Harv the Hammer), Theodore Robert Bundy (The Ladykiller), William Heirens (The Lipstick Killer), Kenneth Allen McDuff (The Broomstick Killer), Kenneth Bianchi (The Hillside Strangler), Henry Lee Lucas (The Confession Killer), Ronald DeFeo, Jr. (The Amityville Horror), James A. Paul (The Executioner).

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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Some interesting segments but watch out for the music September 15, 2006
This DVD contains approximately 6.5 hours of interviews with various serial killers and one mass murderer (Ronald DeFeo Jr, who one night shot his entire family while they slept, "inspiring" the movie "The Amityville Horror"), and various law enforcement officers, lawyers, psychiatrists, etc who were involved in the cases.

Some of the serial killers are very well-known, such as Ted Bundy, Kenneth Bianchi ("The Hillside Strangler") and Henry Lee Lucas ("The Confession Killer"), whilst others are not so well-known. The segments I personally found most interesting were those on Ronald DeFeo Jr, Ted Bundy and Kenneth Bianchi. I had previously know little about Kenneth Bianchi, and I found the descriptions of some of his murders particularly disturbing, especially those relating to the two young girls he murdered.

As someone who has thought of myself as having good intuition in relation to people's characters, the aspect of this movie and others like it that I find most unnerving is that the majority of the killers interviewed appear quite "normal" and articulate, even gentle or docile in some cases (e.g. Arthur Shawcross, "The Monster of the Rivers"). Though admittedly, there are a few you would definitely not want to take home to meet your mother (e.g. Douglas Clark, "The Sunset Slayer")!

Unfortunately, there is one aspect of this DVD which lets it down considerably, and that is the music. It really is just not scary, is irritating and does not suit the subject (especially that funky slap bass sound)! Furthermore, it is repeated at the beginning and end of each segment. If the DVD could somehow be reproduced with different, more appropriate music (and not repeated at the beginning and end of each segment), it would be greatly improved.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Intelligently done - not for thrill seekers. February 15, 2007
Obviously structured to be a television series, this is a series of twelve interviews with notorious serial killers.

This is not a slick, glamorized series. This would not be of interest for someone who wants graphic pictures of victims, or slow-motion details about the killings, the cases or a "how to." More than enough of this information comes out, but it is often relayed in a very matter-of-fact blasé tone of the killer himself - recounting it as if it were a trip to the corner store. In some respects this series does start out almost boring... but this is obviously orchestrated, to tailor it's own audience to the text, to eliminate the thrill seekers.

What this series is: a thoughtful series of interviews with the serial killers. The focus here is not on the gruesome, but on the minds of these (mostly) men, and how their minds work - or don't as the case may be. The cumulative effect is slow and powerful. The series as a whole becomes possibly the strongest intelligent argument for the death penalty that has even been created.

Others have noted that the music is odd, but again, by the end, the irregular rhythms and random notes echo the distorted viewpoint of the thought process of these people. Exceptionally well done - for someone seeking an in depth look at the psychology of these killers. It leave us seeing some deep similar facets: their inability to say "I killed"... but instead saying, "she got herself killed," how each of them who is able to be somewhat introspective flatly states that there is no solution for them but to be put to death, how pornography and popular culture tool sexual fantasies in this direction, and how everyday people around them were often complicit in really sickening ways.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars informative June 4, 2006
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This 3 DVD set is nicely put together. 6.5 hours of hard-hitting, brutal info into the how & why, etc.

It wouldn't be a bad idea if a few more horror writers and/or serial killer flick makers would get this DVD for the info alone, and maybe their films wouldn't suck so bad.

Am not pushing gore here, because gore and buckets of blood (alone) do not make for a great scare flick at all, but am talking about looking into these minds here, taking the time to see what serial killers are actually about, why they do the horrifying things that they do, etc.

The only negative is the irritating music that they keep repeating over and over and over and over... It's done after each segment. Oh man, what agony. Had to keep my finger on the volume button throughout basically. They could have also gone into each childhood a bit more (because, as you know, this is where it started, where the problem began; yes, you have the RARE bad seed now and then, but usually, very often, the serial killer's mother was a prostitute, or else there was abuse, all sorts of abuse--sometimes both).

Other than that, this package is definitely worth getting. I don't regret paying what I paid for it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Fascinating Study of People with Sick Minds February 3, 2010
I bought this DVD set after seeing an episode of it on my copy of the movie, "Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer". Now that I've seen all the episodes, I was just amazed at how educational and interesting this series is. It's one of the best series that I've ever seen about real-life serial killers. The episodes are not necessarily pleasant, but at the same time not exploitative. The filmakers here are not trying to hype the 'serial killer' subject up or anything like that, nor does this series makes you feel sentimental towards these people who perform their ghastly deeds of taking other peoples' lives in whatever method that pleases them.

My personal favorite episode is the one about Ronald Defeo Jr., "The Amityville Horror". This is because I have seen some of "The Amityville Horror" movies and wanted to learn more about the true stories that inspired them. Other recommendations are "Amityville-The Haunting" and "Amityville-Horror or Hoax".

Two other ones in particular that I admired are the one showing Henry Lee Lucas, "The Confession Killer",(which is the story that inspired the movie stated at the beginning,) and Theodore Robert Bundy, "The Lady Killer", a misogynistic murderer who has become extremely notorious long after his execution in early 1989.

I've read some reviews about the music in this series, and I can understand that they don't enjoy the repetition and abstractness of it. But I personally had no problem with it. It does set the proper mood of the world of serial killers.

The interviews are well done too. All the people being interviewed give plenty of details about how these killers operate and we even get to hear the killers speak for themselves in the interviews.
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3.0 out of 5 stars SOME INTERESTING INFO, BUT AWFUL MUSIC
This documentary was clearly put together with a very low budget, but does contain some good information. Read more
Published 1 month ago by J. Nagel
5.0 out of 5 stars More like True Crime... Not fancy... Just the facts...
I paid a little more for this than I wanted to, but I read some of the reviews and decided to go ahead. I was pleased. Read more
Published 3 months ago by BC
4.0 out of 5 stars Informative... Better to watch on mute though...
The Serial Killers is an interesting program. Its mostly accurate for a low budget documentery... The downside though is the God-Aweful music played in the backround for nearly the... Read more
Published on March 6, 2012 by SPM85
3.0 out of 5 stars AHHH THE MUSIC!!!
I enjoyed this set. It had good information but the music drives me crazy. The background music is like nothing you've ever heard. its pretty laughable. Read more
Published on November 29, 2009 by Nat
5.0 out of 5 stars Epic...
Too much boring serial killer material out there, trust me, i studied it for over half of my life time.... Read more
Published on September 21, 2009 by Ph.D Madsen
4.0 out of 5 stars Only one complaint
that is the comentary intro is the same for every episode, which are maybe 4 per DVD, and it is an intro lasting several mintues, ie. Read more
Published on September 5, 2009 by P. Hiteshew
3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting, but ugly music
Have to agree with other reviewers that the music chosen for this documentary is downright ugly. It includes seemingly random horn blasts, piano that doesn't quite make it into the... Read more
Published on January 22, 2009 by Bren9898
1.0 out of 5 stars First words that come to mind.. Bland & Boring!!
The narration in this pack is the worst I have EVER heard.. Its so bland and boring its so hard to get into and pay any attention to.. Read more
Published on January 20, 2009 by K. Sorensen
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