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Cold Light of Day [DVD]

Bob Flag , Claire King , Fhiona Louise    Suitable for 18 years and over   DVD
3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
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Product details

  • Actors: Bob Flag, Claire King, Martin Bryne Quin, Steve Munroe
  • Directors: Fhiona Louise
  • Format: PAL
  • Region: All Regions
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 18
  • Studio: House of Fear
  • DVD Release Date: 23 Jan 2012
  • Run Time: 76 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B005JZ90KC
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 55,287 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


Product Description

Killing For Company

Cold Light of Day is based on a true story, the life of Britain's foremost mass murder Dennis Andrew Nilsen. Ex Policeman, ex RAF officer, ex Social Security manager and murderer of 17 young men.

Through the dark side streets of London Nielsen stalks is prey like Jack the Ripper.

Nilsen killed men and boys in gruesome circumstances between 1978 and 1983, and was known to retain corpses for sex acts. He was eventually caught after his disposal of dismembered human entrails blocked his household drains: the drain cleaning company found that the drains were congested with human flesh and contacted the police.

Owing to the similarities between their crimes, sexuality and lifestyle, Nilsen has been referred to as the "British Jeffrey Dahmer"

Winner of The Venice Film Festival. Toronto Film Festival & The Piccadilly Film Festival

DVD extras:

  • History of serial killers

Customer Reviews

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Format:VHS Tape|Verified Purchase
This film, based on the true story of British serial killer Dennis Nilsen, is dark, sordid and creepily unpleasant - exactly as it should be, considering the subject matter.
Nilsen, called "Jordan March" in the film, is played to perfection by Bob Flag, who manages to portray the killer's loneliness and increasing desperation as well as show the other side of Nilsen - the man who holds down a responsible job in the civil service, the man who shows a kindly concern towards the welfare of his elderly neighbour, and all the while who returns each day to his squalid attic flat, complete with resident corpse(s).

The camera work is stark, using harsh lighting and shadows and give the effect (I suspect intentionally) of being filmed by an amateur using an old cam-corder. This only adds to the seediness of Nilsen's surroundings; the shabby flat, the worn carpet that must be peeled back to allow him to lift the floorboards under which to conceal his newest corpse, the sagging bed into which Nilsen brings his latest lover (alive or dead). The whole effect is very disturbing and portrays very realistically how Nilsen spent his desperate and depraved existence.

The murder scenes and their aftermath are very graphic, and the film does not try to play down the horrors of strangulation, necrophilia and dissection and why should it? Anyone watching a film based on the life of Nilsen would not expect it to be easy or pleasant viewing. Nonetheless, you cannot turn yourself away from the sordidness and the horror, while still feeling a tiny bit sorry for the guy; he is not a monster, so how could he have done such monstrous things?

A riveting must for die-hard true crime fans, but those with a nervous disposition will find this film very hard to watch.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Awful!! 5 Aug 2013
By Phil
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
Everything is bad in this movie ; the script, the acting, the photography, the sound
Nothing makes sense in this movie : important fact are left out and irrelevant things are smeared out.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Creepy but ultimatley delivers little 25 Jan 2012
By Weevil
I am well versed in the crmes of Dennis Nilsen but have never seen a TV programme or film about his crimes. So I was intrigued by this.

There are moments that are genuinely chilling but overall, it's too 'made for TV' to be of any use to those who want a greater understanding of why he did what he did (think Killing For Company - Brian Masters). Nice try but certainly not the UK version of Henry: Portrait of a serial killer. It get's close, but too TV to make it.

It's OK but not illuminating.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An awesome portray of a true serial killer! 15 Mar 2012
There are no potential gross out scenes as was mention in the five star review but still is such a neat looking and old fashion true story film! dont know why the picture was like in a square box format and the picture quality was hourendessly dull! overall not a bad try and the acting is very special. I do agree that one scene is very hard to watch without wanting to gag but I managed to get passed it fine but this movie isnt your gore fun type no! infact its a light hearted drama of one of Britians most notourous serial killers!

Sorry for the spell mistakes had rushed through it!
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