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  • Actors: C. Thomas Howell, Nicholas Turturro, Allison Lange, Marisol Padilla Sanchez, Jennifer Tisdale
  • Directors: Chuck Parello
  • Producers: Hamish McAlpine, Michael Muscal
  • Format: PAL
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 18
  • Studio: Prism
  • DVD Release Date: 9 July 2007
  • Run Time: 97 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000H5U75G
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 25,931 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Unflinching serial killer thriller based on the disturbing case of two murderous cousins, Kenneth Bianchi (C. Thomas Howell) and Angelo Buonno (Nicholas Turturro), whose brutally sadistic killing spree held the state of California in a reign of terror for two years between 1977 and 1979. After failing to make their fortune by pimping, the pair set out to get their revenge on LA's prostitutes by teaming up to routinely torture and kill them in the most brutal and gruesome ways imaginable.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Spike Owen TOP 500 REVIEWER on 1 Dec. 2014
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
Kenneth Bianchi and Angelo Buono were two cousins who were convicted of the rape, torture and murder of 10 females of various ages in LA 1977/78. This film is an interpretation of their reign of terror.

Unpleasant. If you are going to do a serial killer movie, one based on real life perpetrators, then you surely have to make the characterisations of fascination value away from their despicable crimes. Unfortunately director Chuck Parello and co-writer Stephen Johnston fail to do this, leaving the film with a paucity of worthwhile human story moments. It’s not helped by the fact Nicholas Torturro as Buono is badly miscast, he’s just impossible to take serious in a role that calls for the ultimate seriousness.

On the plus side, C. Thomas Howell as Bianchi hits the right notes. Howell is something of an undervalued actor in dark roles, as far back as 1990 where he played a vengeful killer in a film called Kid, he’s been doing good moody work in thrillers. Elsewhere John Pirozzi’s cinematography is on the money, keeping the murky tones of the film in harness, while Gregg Gibbs’ production design has all the late 1970s requisites. 5/10
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By Cain Kendrick on 17 May 2006
Format: DVD
Chuck Parello is a total dude. I don't know how he gets his films made because they are so dark and the scripts are so good. If you like Ed Gein or Henry 2 then you will love this. If you are into serial killer movies then this comes highly recommended. This ain't no boring psychological thriller. this is action! action! action!
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10 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Lawyeraau HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWER on 10 Mar. 2006
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This a a true crime film that shows the killing spree engaged in by two sociopathic cousins, Kenneth Bianchi (C. Thomas Howell) and Angelo Buono (Nick Turturro), who indulged in a killing spree of young women in Los Angeles during the nineteen seventies. All I can say is that both of these actors must have been hard up for money for them to have acted in this tawdry film.
This film sheds little light on what motivated these two cousins, Kenneth and Angelo, to behave as they did, though it does provide some tantalizing glimpses. Kenneth was adopted and certainly seemed to have had an odd, clinging relationship with his adopted mother. Angelo had a totally dysfunctional relationship with his mother, Kenneth's adopted mother's younger sister, whom Angelo may have even tried to kill at one time. Both these sisters seemed to have had behavioral issues.
Interestingly enough, Kenneth was a police wanna be who, thankfully, kept having his law enforcement job applications rejected by various agencies for one reason or another. He sometimes worked as a security guard. When his rejection by a law enforcement agency for a job proved to be too much for him, his mother sent him packing from Rochester, New York, to live with his cousin, Angelo, an auto mechanic in Los Angeles.
Kenneth would thankfully also be rejected by law enforcement agencies in Los Angeles and surrounding counties. While in Los Angeles, he masqueraded as a Columbia University trained psychotherapist. Yes, our sicko killer would actively counsel others, which would provide a surprise twist in the end. He would also manage to form a relationship with a nice woman who found his disgusting cousin, Angelo, repellent, as he made her feel uncomfortable as he made me feel.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Jinjapewbs on 11 Aug. 2012
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Perhaps the other reviewer was "turned off" by Thomas C Howell and Nicholas Turturro's very realistic portrayal and the well-directed movie's "documentary" feel.
Watching this film, you really do feel like you're there watching the events unfold - which is disturbing, but surely that's the point?
It's not a sugar-coated movie or some glossy horror-slasher. It deals with real events, much like Fincher's Zodiac, except you're following the bad guys around, rather than the cops/reporters.
Similarities in feel with Boll's "Rampage", as you follow the protagonist and the slow, steady decay into depravity and murder.
Howell especially is superb as the weaker partner, showing how he learns to manipulate the people around him, a very complex character.
Horror is supposed to horrify/scare you, and in that regard this movie does an excellent job. A welcome and refreshing change from the usual Hollywood silly scares. Resident Evil it ain't. This film is far, far better.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By JONESY on 3 Mar. 2009
Format: DVD
i think the two leads in this film have done an amazing job of portraying the killers Bianchi and Buono. In contrast to the other review i think that the realistic portrayal of psychopathic Buono and his weak and willing compatriot are excellent,and, as stated in the extras on the DVD were a new challenge for the actors involved.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Penny Lane on 15 Feb. 2012
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I have only given this 3 stars because it is a true story of murder and torture by two men, Bianchi and Buono Jr related.
I believe between them they murdered 10 young women one as young 12 years old. As there killing spree went on they became more degenerate and violent.
This film does not give enough information on backgrounds of the killers, and what led them to start killing, it goes more or less into the kills with great gusto, and long close ups of them murdering the young women while laughing a lot.
I'm all for a good horror film, but when its a factual story, then that makes a difference, and how you perceive the killers.
To sum up, lots of gratuitous violence with laughter, not enough background information, and the ending seemed to leave it hanging in the air
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