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Ambitious television reporter Maria Sanchez (Danielle Harris of Rob Zombie's Halloween, Hatchet 2) is investigating the disappearance of over 200 Midwestern University students when a local man (Lance Henriksen of Aliens) contacts her with information that reveals details of the serial killer and his crimes: His name is Cyrus (a chilling performance by Brian Krause of ''Charmed'') and the murders themselves were brutal. What happened next was horrific but the worst is still to come. Based on shocking true events, this bloody and brutal story of the 'The County Line Cannibal' will leave a taste in your mouth that you'll never forget.

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  • Actors: Brian Krause, Danielle Harris, Lance Henriksen
  • Directors: Mark Vadik
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
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    Not Rated
  • Studio: ANCHOR BAY
  • DVD Release Date: June 28, 2011
  • Run Time: 90 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004SHHJJQ
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #66,987 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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My husband and I rented this movie to see how it was. We are big fans of anything serial killer plus lots of blood and gore. We didn't know what to expect with this movie but we were pleasantly surprised. This movie was great!! There is a psychological thriller going on while at the same time there is plenty of blood and violence. I'm not going to give the end away, but there is even a twist at the end, we didn't see it coming from a mile away.

On the negative side, this movie was done on a low end budget and you can tell in some of the effects but they are still very effective. Also, the premise is a little unrealistic but just go along for the ride and you will enjoy this movie.
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For those of you who love to be scared, this is just the ticket. From the very beginning this movie draws you into its world. Everything is believable. This is a documentary, and a special one. This documentary "tells" about Cyrus, while we see what is really happening in the world of Cyrus. And it ain't pretty. I have to agree with others who have written before me. Lance Henriksen lends such dignity and simplicity to his story telling, that his commentary becomes almost soothing, reasonable, and absolutely true.

From a woman's point of view, there were scenes I just couldn't watch. But Cyrus didn't wield his particular justice just to women, men had to suffer too. One of the highlights of the film was the soundtrack. It was fantastic. From agonizing screams and doomsday percussions, to lovely, haunting melodies, and all genres of music, the film score alone will have you on the edge of your chair. Don't miss this movie. The acting is truly perfection, including a little puppy who played his part with sensitivity. You will not be bored. The end of the movie offers some thought provoking messages. All in all, I enjoyed this movie totally. Go see it.
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This movie has a lot going for it so why do I find myself not totally liking it? CYRUS is supposedly based on "true events" but I don't remember anything in the news or the multiple t.v. Shows like FORENSIC FILES or 48 HOURS MYSTERY.
But as a movie, CYRUS is brutal, manipulative and confusing.
Danielle Harris plays an investigative tv reporter who thinks she's gotten the story of a lifetime when a mysterious recluse (Lance Henriksen) says he knows the identity of a notorious serial killer responsible for the murders/disappearances of over 200 women. He narrates the tale of Cyrus, a disturbed man with a dysfunctional past and recounts specifically the story of three doomed women. The film also uses taped interviews with various people on what makes serial killers tick.
Brian Krause plays Cyrus with a nonchalant brutality which makes his performance even more chilling. Henricksen's quite good in evincing almost a quiet admiration of this psychopath. Of course, we know from the beginning where the movie is heading, thus hindering much chance for true suspense.
So ultimately we end up with a lot of violence and boobs, but no real understanding of what we've experienced. That may be why it left me wanting something more.
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Kind of predictable but not too bad. Lots of things are just too dragged out. Brian Krause is pretty good as the killer but sometimes the killer playing cat and mouse for too long gets tedious which it did here. We have Danielle Harris Interviewing possibly the only witness to a series of unsolved murders. She is annoying as all hell and you hope she comes to a bad end. If you have some time to kill, no pun intended, you can watch this but don't expect too much. Really predictable.
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Brian Krause, who once played Leo - the "angel" - on Charmed, was Cyrus. A prolific serial killer whose past pulled the trigger on his psyche and turned him into a monster. Who could have known Brian Krause could go so dark? so calm, so quiet and almost nonchalantly dark!

The story is told to an over eager cable news reporter and her cameraman by Cyrus' best friend. While we, the audience witness the scenes he describes.

I gotta tell you, this was one of the more frightening serial killer movies I've seen. To me, it did NOT follow any of the cliches, it was fresh and chilling.

Don't read any reviews with spoilers. Watch the movie. Decide for yourself.
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Cyrus is a decent movie about, well, a serial killer. The story is framed by a reporter and cameraman talking with an old guy who claimed to know Cyrus. Throughout the tale, the viewer gets flashbacks of Cyrus's history, which show why he became a killer. The back story felt cliched--or, rather, it was told so that it felt that way. After all, virtually every story is cliched; it's in the telling that it becomes fresh.

Overall, I'd say Cyrus is quite watchable. The ending has a twist that I didn't quite expect, but it was marred by the clumsy-handed way the "road trap" was handled. Still, you could do much worse with your time and money than Cyrus.
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***SPOILER ALERT***
It seems only Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer and Dexter can really get into the mind of a serial-killer with any success. Henry examines one man's slow, but steady downfall from society, while Dexter explores what it's like being a longtime active serial killer. Unfortunately, Cyrus: Mind of a Serial Killer tries to be both an origin story and an exploration of the serial killer psyche. Writer/director Mark Vadik's Cyrus dissects the legend of a local country boy Brian Krause whose unfortunate bad luck in life slowly turns him into a brutal, vile serial killer with hundreds of kills to his name. The movie itself, apparently based on a "true story" (right), follows a TV crew Danielle Harris as they interview a local friend (an eerie Lance Henriksen) and attempt to uncover the mystery and motives behind Cyrus and why his hometown hid this dark secret all these years.
Sadly, the film never fully connects, resorting to predictable genre cliches at nearly every turn. The script, which does have its moments and some interesting twists and metaphors, is a bit on the sloppy side, with wonky dialogue and stagey setups. Cheesy independent film trappings are also all over the place. Bad lighting adds to the stagey feel of the production. Gore effects are gross, And the film's murky look is unappealing, often playing like a cheap Unsolved Mysteries knockoff.
But with a better budget and perhaps a re-write or two, Cyrus: Mind of a Serial Killer really could have been a great addition to the genre. And even as it is, the movie is occasionally creepy despite itself, and rather gory when need be. Alas, the film's low-budget shortcomings and lazy script dampen an otherwise fine thriller.
While there is some atmosphere throughout, dialogue often comes off a little hollow and a tad hard to follow.
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