The Alphabet Killer 2014

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When Rochester, NY-based police investigator Megan Paige (Eliza Dushku) discovers that ten year old Carla Castillo was brutally raped and murdered in nearby Churchville, she becomes convinced that the department is dealing with a serial killer. Inspired by the grim true-life exploits of an alphabet-obsessed New York serial killer.

Starring:
Eliza Dushku, Cary Elwes
Runtime:
1 hour 38 minutes

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The Alphabet Killer

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Product Details

Genres Drama, Thriller
Director Rob Schmidt
Starring Eliza Dushku, Cary Elwes
Supporting actors Timothy Hutton
Studio Warwick Films
BBFC rating Suitable for 15 years and over
Rental rights 48 hour viewing period. Details
Purchase rights Stream instantly and download to 2 locations Details
Format Amazon Instant Video (streaming online video and digital download)

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Mrs. Mildred N. Collins on 5 Feb 2009
Format: DVD
This story has plenty of twists to it with a surprisingly starry cast for its straight to video status, however what holds it together is a performance by Eliza Dushku that she hasn't bettered since the first season of Angel. Add to that a very creepy ending, and you have a very decent film that isn't an all-time great, but should be better and more remembered that it's probably gonna be.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mike M on 24 May 2014
Format: DVD
Eliza Dsuhku stars in this well made thriller based on true story. I am a big fan of Eliza's and really enjoyed this tense movie. Carey Elwes and Michael Ironside also appear. Definitely recommended.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Emma Law on 3 April 2013
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
Eliza dushku plays a brilliant part through the movie. She plays a detective who has mental illness who can see things.
It's about people killing kids with the same letter of their first name. i know people say this movie is bad, but i love.
I've been Eliza Dushku fan since her Buffy days.
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Format: DVD
Worried about being type cast as a hottie action girl ? get a story where you get to look serious, less glamorous, mental problems and flash a bit of boob as part of the story.
The trouble is all this detracts from the serious side of searching for the killer.
Clunky music also does not help nor does the supernatural flourishes.
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Format: DVD
'The Alphabet Killer' is a straight-to-DVD movie, very (and I most emphasize on that word) loosely based on a series of unsolved child murders in early '1970s Rochester, New York.

Eliza Dushku stars as police officer Megan Paige whose's efforts and determination to find a little girl's murderer cause her to have a nervous breakdown. She believes the crime to be the work of an alphabet-obsessed serial killer (who is targeting children with double initials), but through the stress caused by her own obsession with finding him, Megan is unable to continue her work. Hallucinating images of the victim, she is laid off the police force and spends two years in a support group lead by a wheelchair bound man called Richard (Cary Elwes), who becomes a close friend and comfort. After those years have passed, Megan lands herself another job in the office of the police department, until another child is murdered. She is given the rights to work on the case, and is teamed up with another officer to help find connections between the murders. As things transpire, it all becomes too much again for Megan, and she spirals into another breakdown.

'The Alphabet Killer' is certainly more of a psychological portrait than horror movie. The gorgeous Eliza Dusku gives a stunning performance as a troubled woman, and the other familiar faces in the cast also on top form, in particular, Rocco Sisto who may have only been on screen for a few minutes, but his eerie portrayal of a Church Father creeped the hell out of me. As someone who has suffered from nerve trouble in the past (granted - nowhere near as bad as Megan's), how I can sympathise with Dusku's character, who many people in their ignorance label 'mad', when she is in fact a very good, tireless police woman with clearly a lot of intelligence.
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The Alphabet Killer was surprisingly a good thriller. The production values were high, the cinematography was adequate though spotty and the actual "visions" of the dead children were bone-chilling. Instead of just being a straight up crime thriller where sanity draws the line between "good guys" and "bad guys,", we get a healthy dose of insanity from both killer and detective, which was a breath of fresh air and an interesting angle.

Naturally, it's always a pleasure to see The Dush, I've never really been a huge fan of her films but I'm always a fan of a nice ass! Seriously though, Eliza's turn as a schizophrenic cop haunted by visions and voices was impressive, she definitely went the extra mile and her descent into mental illness was visually impressive. Cary Elwes on the other hand never really hit the spot for me, when he isn't doing comedy he just seems to phone his roles in.

As a whole, the film works and Rob Schmidt actually makes it work well. You'll be guessing right up until the very end! The one thing I really loved about this film was the slow decay of the visions, each time Megan sees the dead children they're grosser and grosser! Wonderfully scary stuff! The Alphabet Killer wasn't half bad and it's well worth checking out.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Sarah on 4 May 2014
Format: Amazon Instant Video Verified Purchase
Watched this film twice to make sure it was as bad as I thought it was the first time!! It was.
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