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The Alphabet Killer 2014

3.3 out of 5 stars (23) IMDb 5.3/10

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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Genres Drama, Thriller
Director Rob Schmidt
Starring Eliza Dushku, Cary Elwes
Supporting actors Timothy Hutton, Tom Malloy, Michael Ironside, Bill Moseley, Carl Lumbly, Brian Scannell, Larry Hankin, Jack McGee, Melissa Leo, Andrew Fiscella, Rocco Sisto, Tom Noonan, Frank Rossi, Meltem Cumbul, Kristina Jewell, Sarah Anderson, Shawn Michael Macola, Bailey Garno
Studio Warwick Films
BBFC rating Suitable for 15 years and over
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Great thriller with marvellous acting that is appreciated and worth putting in my collection. Nothing worse than a serial killer which this is based on. When a ten year old girl is raped and found murdered a New York police investigator is convinced its true what she believes. I rated this an A grade plus for the acting and suspense that goes with this fabulous show. Thrills that hide around the corners and suspense that is chilling, based on a true story makes this worth viewing. Now everyone will have their own opinion and this is mine. I wont mention anymore as that will spoil it for you, become a judge and see for yourself. Enjoy!
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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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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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'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 good performance as a troubled woman, and the other, surprisingly familiar faces in the cast also on top form. In particular, I liked Rocco Sisto, who may have only been on screen for a few minutes, but his eerie portrayal of a Church Father was very creepy.
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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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Really good film,
some parts and how she acted was uneeded but didn't take away how good the film was.
Great thriller.
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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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By PJ Rankine TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 30 Jan. 2009
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Ok, hands up, I only watched this because I've liked Eliza Dushku since she was Faith in Buffy and yes boys she does get them out briefly but sadly that is the only highlight of this straight to video release. Eliza plays a detective who has a breakdown when the case she is investigating triggers an acute episode of her hitherto undiagnosed schitzophrenia. Two years later she is on the road to recovery when the killer strikes again and against his better judgement her ex-fiance; now captain of the police department, assigns her to the case as a consultant. Although based on a true story I felt there were too many co-incidences to be true and in one particular scene when Eliza's character is supposed to be suffering an episode she was so twitchy the character she was interviewing would have run a mile. I know this is aimed at American tv audiences but it was way over the top. So to summarise, an average police procedural with a flawed heroine played by an underrated actress who deserves better. Eliza is an attractive girl who doesn't fit into the Hollywood Barbie doll role and should be getting the sort of roles that Michelle Monaghan is playing so successfully.
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