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Green River Killer [Import]

George Kiseleff , Jacquelyn Aurora , Ulli Lommel    R (Restricted)   DVD
1.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Um, yeah........ March 18 2006
By kwijibo
Format:DVD
I have just finished reading Ann Rule's novel, "Green River Running Red" and saw this DVD at Blockbuster so I decided to rent it. Huge mistake....the only realistic part of this movie was the police interview footage of Gary Ridgway - the rest is completely off the mark. Gary did not stride into bars confidently to pick up his victims - he was regarded as a loser and never did have friends at work - he was not at all cocky, he was meek and stuttered a lot ; the actor did not reflect this at all - and there is no such thing as a guy named Boris! Could have done without the autopsy film as well, I think it was just put in for shock value and I felt like I rented a cheap porno. The victims were not treated with any respect, and if this movie included what actually happened and explored his inappropriate relationship with his mother and how it affected him later in life, would have made it much more watchable. I have always kept an open mind, but I'm disgusted. Thank God I rented!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
By Daniel Jolley TOP 50 REVIEWER
Format:DVD
This is a disastrously bad, ridiculous excuse of a film. You would think the life and crimes of a man who killed dozens and dozens of women over the course of two decades would be interesting enough for any director, but Ulli Lommel threw accuracy out of the window whenever he felt like it (either that, or he couldn't even be bothered in the first place to do a Google search for Green River Killer). Based on what I saw here, all Lommel knows about these infamous crimes is that some fellow named Gary Ridgway killed a bunch of prostitutes in the Seattle area in the 1970s. I'm not talking about the kind of problems that can be blamed on a low budget here; Lommel either didn't know or just didn't care about the facts.

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.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Schlock, not Shock Aug. 26 2006
By R. Schultz - Published on Amazon.com
Format:DVD
This is an unbelievably bad film. Its only redeeming features are the snippets of actual killer Gary Ridgeway's police interviews that are ocassionally spliced into the film's tawdry, fictionalized action scenes. I hadn't known this footage of Gary Ridgeway existed. A documentary consisting only of these interviews would have been infinitely more interesting than this trumped up movie.

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.
10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars A refund wouldn't even be good enough Jan. 6 2006
By C. Lazzaro - Published on Amazon.com
Format:DVD
Let me start out by saying that I am lazy. Never before have I been motivated enough to write a review about anything. 30 minutes into this mess I got up off of my couch to create an amazon account for the sole purpose of reviewing this movie.

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.
11 of 14 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars DULLER THAN WATCHING PAINT DRY July 9 2006
By Tim Janson - Published on Amazon.com
Format:DVD
The Green River Killer is a remarkable achievement in movie making. It actually succeeds in making a serial killer seem dull and lifeless. You know from the opening credits that this is an ultra-cheapo production as the killer, Gary Ridgeway rests by the bank of the Green River (which looks more like a backwoods creek) and mumbles the names of his victims. Oh look, there's a convenient sign that reads "Green River" posted in the ground every time Ridgeway visits it. Ridgeway is one of America's most notorious serial killers with an admitted body count of four dozen and perhaps more, who eluded capture in the Seattle area for some 20 years. This film totally sucks the life out of his story with an incompetent cast, horrible dialog, and poor production values in every area.

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
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Not complete crap Jan. 7 2006
By Ross Davis - Published on Amazon.com
Format:DVD
I just rented this movie and took it home and that's when I saw it on the box, the name Ulli Lommel. This director also directed Zodiac Killer, the worst, most god-awful POS ever created. Now I don't even want to see Green River Killer because it has his name on it. I'm going to give it a shot, expecting the worst, and then finish this review.
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.
9 of 12 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars A Big Fat Joke March 5 2006
By MommaMia - Published on Amazon.com
Format:DVD
Let me warn you...this movie ain't pretty! If this display is the directors vision, then we should blindfold and gag this fool and do society a favor. The acting wasn't even 2nd rate...but perhaps 4th or 5th rate...I only lasted through perhaps 7 minutes. My sensibilities were abused and assaulted...these hideous crimes were almost portrayed in a way that was meant to turn the audience on...for a minute I thought I was watching a poorly done porno flick. What an insult to the victims of these crimes, whether they were prostitutes or not, it was not presented with any respect. Don't waste your time on this one people...I could slap myself silly for wasting the rental money. I could have bought a good cup of coffee and read a good book instead.
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