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Horror master Ulli Lommel (BOOGEYMAN) delivers a terrifying view inside the mind of one of history's most sickening serial killers the Green River Killer. Gary L. Ridgway prowled the Seattle area between 1982 and 1998 killing as many young women as he could and this film tells his chilling tale.System Requirements:Running Time 88 Mins.Format: DVD MOVIE Genre: ACTION/ADVENTURE/THRILLERS Rating: R UPC: 031398187240 Manufacturer No: 18881
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In the movie, Ridgway picks up all of his prostitutes at this tiny bar, leading each girl out in front of the same group of people time and time again. Even when it finally dawns on the bar owner that this same weird dude left with all of her working girls right before they died or went missing, and she mentions it to the police (who seemingly don't care that she's a madam), Ridgway keeps on doing it - and no one seems to be the wiser. Anyone of these regular bar patrons could have identified the killer, no matter how much beer poured through their bloodstreams. Then there's Ridgway's job. In real life, he did detailed custom painting at a trucking plant; in the movie, all he does is move boxes at some warehouse. It's hilarious, really; he and his two co-workers literally pick up boxes and move them from one stack to an adjacent stack over and over again. Then you have one scene showing Ridgway killing a prostitute in his house while his obviously troubled young son is in the other room.Read more ›
There is an abundance of first person narration done by Gary (George Kiseleff) to explain his childhood and the killings. Things were done akin to a docu-drama. Gary didn't stab the women, but strangled them, sometimes with his hands and sometimes with his suspenders...which could have made a better film- remember "Frenzy?". Gary has a creepy son Kevin (Sebastien Szumilas) and a wife (Naidra Dawn Thomson) that doesn't seem to be all there either. Oh the possibilities of a great film squandered.
It is a bad sign when your video producer also plays the bar tender (Nola Roeper). Written, produced, and directed by Ulli Lommel. He was also the detective in the cowboy hat. The movie was also had its share of anachronisms too. Okay, I did like it when he put a cigarette in the dead girls' mouth when he drove her to the river. It had dark comedy potential not exploited.
F-bomb, sex, rape, nudity (Jaquelyn Aurora, Georgina Donovan)
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The movie doesn't even minimally seem to care about accuracy or authenticity. For example, the extremely amateurish actor who plays Ridgeway doesn't match the real Ridgeway's physical description at all. The real Ridgeway was not a "tall, handsome, muscular" fellow. He was shorter, and unassuming-looking. Also, the majority of Ridgeway's victims were not the glamorous, seasoned barroom prostitutes shown here. They were lonely, struggling teenagers whom he picked up along the Seatac Highway.
If you want a better insight into the character of Ridgeway's victims and crimes, read Ann Rule's book, "Green River, Running Red." In any case, avoid this movie mess.
This might very well be the worst movie I have ever seen. Actually, calling it a movie would be giving it more credit than it deserves. It's a shame because this subject matter would have been a great background for a better writer and director to explore. However, it plays out like a poorly acted episode of America's Most Wanted. Don't waste your time or your 4 bucks on this, you will regret it.
George Kiseleff is the rank amateur in the "starring role", and as you can probably guess, it was his first acting credit and hopefully his last. As Ridgeway he is shown picking up prostitutes at a local tavern and taking them either home or another location to first have sex and then strangle them before dumping their bodies into the Green River. When Ridgeway is questioned by his wife about the strange woman coming out of their bathroom, and later about the police asking questions, he merely mumbles something incomprehensible and rolls over in bed. That's pretty much the way he handles police questioning as well...mumbling and looking stupidly nervous until the police leave. Were the police really that dumb? If they were as dumb in real life as they were in this film, it's no wonder Ridgeway got away with it for 20 years. Oh, and if you're going to have women playing prostitutes, do you think you could find one or two who are actually somewhat attractive? These women are plain ugly.
The only positive thing about the film, other than its ending, is the inclusion of scenes of the real Ridgeway during his interrogation by the police. At least this is the real guy talking about what he did. I'd have much rather seen a documentary than this mess. The DVD comes with the director's commentary but I could not bring myself to watch this putrid film a second time.
Reviewed by Tim Janson
Ok, I have just actually finished this movie. It is not entirely unwatchable, like Zodiac Killer, but is still pretty bad. If you are a casual movie renter who tends to rent the big blockbusters or the movies that just come out nationwide in theaters, I cannot recommend this to you. Like someone else said, the film quality looks like an America's Most Wanted reenactment. The only really grotesque parts of the film that some people would find unwatchable would be the short little flashes of autopsy film, which I believe has nothing to do with the Green River Killer, but is added for shock value. Other than these snippets of autopsies showing bodies being ripped open and skulls being trephinated after the persons scalp has been peeled off and over their face (which is the worst part of an autopsy to watch, actually), the movie is not that graphic. One weird aspect of the film is whenever he goes in the same bar to pick up prostitutes, the film plays like a very bad 80's music video with a dancing serial killer.
In summary, the film as a whole seems to go nowhere, is often repetitive, is not that fun to watch, but is a little enjoyable with some Evan Williams. It gets one star, not zero stars like Zodiac Killer. If you like crappy, bad, unwatchable indie film drivel, then this movie is for you. Everyone else, don't waste your time. I watched it so you don't have to. If you want a decent serial killer film that is fun and actually frightening and creepy to some extent, get "The Devil's Rejects", directed by Rob Zombie.