Cyrus: Mind Of A Serial Killer
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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It's possible for a film to have a cool title, cover, and even preview, but still be a complete waste of time, enter Cyrus: Mind of A Serial Killer. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Todd Smith
Thanks for having this! I am proud to add it to my DVD collection!Published 4 months ago by D.A. Eddy
I started watching this movie on the cable and have to leave before it was over. I was not going to be on again anytime soon so I ordered it. Glad I did, surprise ending.Published 11 months ago by Linda Lou
This was so interesting I couldn't leave it for a second. Great story and direction.Published 17 months ago by ANGELA BARNES