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Diary of Serial Killer [DVD] [1998] [US Import]

Gary Busey , Michael Madsen , Joshua Wallace    DVD
1.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Gary Busey, Michael Madsen, Arnold Vosloo, Julia Campbell, Reno Wilson
  • Directors: Joshua Wallace
  • Writers: Jennifer Badham
  • Producers: Bill Barnett, Harel Goldstein, Kandice King, Lance King, Rick Filon
  • Format: AC-3, Colour, Dolby, DVD-Video, Full Screen, PAL
  • Language: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: R (Restricted) (US MPAA rating. See details.)
  • Studio: Simitar Ent.
  • DVD Release Date: 1 July 1998
  • Run Time: 95 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 1.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 6305025983

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars absolute total drivel and tripe....but love it 1 July 2011
A saturday night walk to our local video store was about to change my girlfriend and my own life forever. Whilst browsing the shelves at the store we noticed 'Diary of a serial killer' staring screen legend mr gary busey. Once we arrived home we popped the dvd in the machine and off we went. Well, were do i start. This is without doubt the most badly acted and appalling movie ever made. Please find listed our reasons for hating this film:- 1) GARY BUSEY....his wooden acting is hilarious, check out some of his reactions when facing a deadly serial killer, like he has just met his granny for tea. He shows no real emotion when find dead bodies....his TEETH....his awful cheesy grins......his chunky brown cords 2) THE MISTAKES.....plastic bottle........putting in a stunt double for busey, with the most ridiculous wig on, check out when busey is knocked down by vosloo at the end....its not him lying there. 3) THE EXTRAS 4) THE DIALOGUE...for example 'i'm hungry, i'd like a hot dog'
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1.0 out of 5 stars waste of time and money 7 Dec 2011
I bought this after reading a book with the same title thinking it would be a make of the book. It wasn't. The film is rubbish. The acting is bad and the story line isn't very good. Would not advise anyone to watch it.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Madness Explored 22 Feb 2000
By Atheen M. Wilson - Published on
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Like so many others, I too have become a recent Vosloo watcher and bought the DVD of this film for that reason. This is not a film I would have purchased ordinarily, nor would I have attended it in a theater. (I spend too much of my time keeping others alive to relish watching someone else trash viable young adults in the full bloom of youth and life). Still, one can hardly but appreciate the talent that went into bringing Stephan to reality on the screen. I have met two psychopathic personalities, one professionally while I was working on a neurology ward and one in private life while I was living in Egypt. In both instances in retrospect, I am especially amazed at the skill they exhibited in enlisting the cooperation of their victims--myself among others--in their enterprises. One not only believed in what they said and did, one actually WANTED to believe in what they said and did. Nor if I were to have a third encounter with such an individual could I honestly say I would be any the less vulnerable for the experience. Mr. Vosloo's characterization of Stephan is, therefore, not only creditable it is positively chilling. (One wonders how he went about preparing for the role.) His ability to show up virtually everywhere without warning was also effective (though not unpredictable given the genre). The only film I've seen wherein the character--in this case a female--was more effectively menacing, merciless, and everywhere is an Egyptian film in Arabic, entitled Shamps. Mr. Busey's character was also believable in that he entered a web of terror of his own volition (and probably arrogance) with Mr. Vosloo's very dangerous spider waiting for him in the middle of it. His ineffectual efforts to escape it and his ultimate involvement of others in the terror is also creditable. My only criticism of the film is that the story behind the title character's madness was neglected, religated to the experience of a disillusioned teenager--though recent events have proved graphically how violent and tragic that can become--this was, after all, the diary of a serial killer, and I would have liked to have known more about the making of such a madman. Over all, though I cannot honestly say I "liked" the film, I still thought it was a good one.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Awesome Actors Gone to Waste 10 Jun 1999
By I Am Rosa - Published on
With Gary Busey and Arnold Vosloo starring and a great story idea, how could this movie go so wrong? Simple. With a script that can't live up to its full potential and weak directing that leaves these talented and charismatic actors with egg on their faces.
Throughout this movie, lines are forced and emotional outbursts come flying out of nowhere. At times the actors are left to grope for a connection, or worse, they are made to violate their instincts, turning powerful moments into awkward ones.
Like harpies from the sky, these senseless moments make the viewer want to run screaming for shelter. What seemed like a promising thriller of intrigue and insanity turned out to be a disappointing groaner of missed marks and flat presentation.
It's always a shame when such awesome actors have been wasted, but they say that any experience is a good one if you learn a valuable lesson. I sincerely hope so, but I want to know "Is it too early to do a re-make?"
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars A Poor Man's Psychological Thriller ... 5 Aug 1999
By A Customer - Published on
Sad to see such wasted talent as Arnold Vosloo (who is horribly miscast as a far too attractive and far from menacing serial killer) in this unfortunate excuse for a psychological thriller. If, like me, you have recently become a fan of this sexy and darkly intense actor since this summer's mega-hit "The Mummy", you will be pleased at the amount of screen time and dialogue he has but sorely disappointed if you are a fan of the psychological thriller genre. Gary Busey seems to sleepwalk through the movie when any other journalist would likely be traumatized at being stalked by a serial killer. More interviews with the killer would have provided more insight into this character. Lots of potential for an interesting study of the mind of a killer, but somebody missed the boat on that one. In short, if you're a Vosloo fan, give it a look but if you're a psychological thriller movie fan, give it a definite pass!!!
4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Vosloo fan reviews Diary of a serial killer 18 Feb 2000
By "vosloo" - Published on
This is a movie about a reporter (Busey) who unknowingly witnesses a serial killer at work. The killer (Vosloo) finds out that someone just saw what he did, he confronts Busey and finds out that he's a reporter. Busey saves himself by offering to do a story on Stefan (Vosloo) and in turn gets in over his head. I believe this is one of Vosloo's best films. He is believable and captivating in this role. This film is why I became a Vosloo fan in the first place. Highly reccomended for adlut audiences.
2.0 out of 5 stars For Vosloo fan only 14 Oct 1999
By "flybyname" - Published on
I rented this just to see Arnold Vosloo. He looks great, but the movie is dumb. I'm not a horror fan, so I can't compare this film to others in the genre, but the story is pretty weak. And Gury Busey is fat and sluggish in his role (literally and figuratively). I couldn't believe how weak his character is... especially in the scene where he stands there and evespdrops during a murder. I kept shouting "do something!". Even Arnold loses his edge sometimes when the script calls for him too talk to much... sometimes less is more. But if you are a Vosloo fan, you can't miss this one.
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