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- Audio Commentary with Producer Isen Robbins and Director Rob Schmidt
- Audio Commentary with writer/producer/actor Tom Malloy
- A To Z: The Making of the Alphabet Killer
- First Victim - Alternate Scene
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THE ALPHABET KILLER is a pretty well-crafted, fictional tale. It's derived from some unsolved murders that took place in Rochester, NY, during the early 70's. A few young girls with matching initials would turn up dead in nearby towns that were spelled with the same first letter (i.e. Carla Castille in Churchville, Wendy Walsh in Webster).
A female detective(Eliza Dushku) is on the case, and she quickly becomes obsessed with cracking it. Actually, she's the one that starts to crack. She gets completely consumed, the mystery eats at her mind as she starts talking to herself and hallucinating (same thing happens to me when I watch reality TV shows).
Anyway, the movie takes a pretty dramatic shift early on when this woman loses control and attempts suicide. She is diagnosed with scizophrenia and admitted to a mental hospital.
Several times throughout this movie, we're shown the visions that this crazy woman sees--ghastly dead children that constantly haunt her. This is done for shocking effect, but I thought it was completely overdone. Kinda seemed like a ripoff of a Japanese ghost story film.
The story then proceeds as the police are completely baffled by the subsequent Alphabet murders. The mentally unfit cop is put back on the case, possibly due to her past romantic relationship with the chief. And of course, crazy is not something you can just sell on amazon.com.Read more ›
When the main character has her episode near the beginning of the movie, it seems to be rushed into the story and almost out of nowhere. You're not given the proper information about any of her previous issues, nor are you made aware of her really, truly having any current issues. She simply goes from being basically okay and dedicated to the case to extremely unstable. It would have been nice to see more of a buildup and more to her past to truly connect with the character and the things she found herself going through.
If you're a Dushku fan, I'd recommend it, she does a great job with what she's given. The movie is far from a masterpiece though so there aren't too many reasons to watch it aside from her. I should restate that; there aren't too many reasons to purchase the movie aside from her.
The director, Rob Schmidt, does manage a few intriguing moments coupled with a touch of suspense, but if you really pay attention you'll solve this riddle with ease.
On a side note, I still can't take Cary Elwes seriously. He was great in movies like "Robinhood: Men in Tights" and the classic "The Princess Bride", but movies like Saw left me laughing hysterically when I should have been cringing with fear and angst (the desperate reaching for the phone scene still makes me laugh). Albeit his performance here was much better than Saw, I still struggle with him in serious roles. As for Timothy Hutton and Eliza Dushku, both are strong actors and did the best they could with what they were given.
In the end I'm rating this film 3 stars (would have been 2.5 had it not followed an even worse film--HORSEMAN staring Dennis Quaid. More to follow on that travesty!)
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I've always seen bits and pieces of this movie on tv. I am now happy to have this movie on DvD. I really enjoy watching the movie all the way threw.Published 2 months ago by Sugga40827
The tragic murders of three little girls I feel were overlooked. The problems of the detective overshadowed the crimes committed.Published 6 months ago by Sandy
I loved this movie. I love watching Eliza Dushku movies. They always leave me thinking it was money well spent. Fantastic movie.Published 11 months ago by Lisa Warren