Saturday, April 22, 2017

The Zodiac Killer (1971)


**1/2 / *****
Rewatching this again, I was struck by the character of Jerry's cavalier attitude as he amped up the murder spree, changing up his methods of psychopathy. His savagery is vividly captured in it's upward intensity. What you see at the beginning is this young man still rather human. By the end he is far gone and quite impulsively driven to violently attack with such little (if any) provocation. I was struck by the San Francisco areas utilized in no real stylistic ways but satisfactory because there is no need for necessary talent due to how present the Zodiac Killer was at the time of this film's release. The camera angles aren't slick, editing is rough, the movement of plot as the characters (Jerry at his postal position, the truck driver posing as the businessman, police trying to find the killer) go about days during the Zodiac spree operates haphazardly (scattered activities less than cohesively offered under an amateurishly handled narrative), and the cast is made up of folks who never appeared in many films afterward. In saying all that, its lack of fluidity​ and skill kind of works in its favor. There is no sense of gloss or glamor of the topic. It's ugly, not pretty to look at. It shouldn't be. Its casting feels true to the area for which it is shot. Being that the film was of its era, shot on location, and directly proposing to its audience that he/they is/are out there, walking in plain sight, ticking towards violence at any point; The Zodiac Killer has relevance and is quite a document from a time caught in terror as psychopathy emerged in the 70s with multiple serial killers and a body count. The closing narration is quite true. The rise of Jerry's own body count communicated to us that he could strike at any moment, not just in San Francisco. And he does so on a dime.

Review from 2009.
Interesting relic from the 70's detailing the exploits of the infamousZodiac killer, in this film a mailman who has a creepy altar set up inhis apartment, where he bows, from time to time, spouting gibberish hisderanged mind has concocted which motivates him to stalk and destroyinnocent people, with either gun or knife, in San Franciso andthereabouts. While, at times, a bit plodding, featuring a cast ofno-names who often stumble over their lines, not to mentionunspectacular camera work or pace, the attacks are potent and sadistic,particularly what he does to old ladies who are caught out of the city.
We see Jerry(Hal Reed), the mailman, as both a likable, even politeyoung man, who is often embraced by the ladies, and othertimes themonster is unleashed, a wicked smile appearing as he stomps on top of acar hood with a victim underneath. Or, when he releases the jack on topof an old lady who becomes pinned under her car after he bashes herover the head with a spare tire. Or, when he stabs a man, withgroceries in his hand, in an elevator, tearing away a piece of his ear.Or, when he visits his father at a rest home, rolling a paraplegicpatient down the street as the poor soul careens down a flight ofsteps! Or, when he catches a couple by a lake, in swimwear, tying themup, afterward stabbing them viciously. At the start, we see innocents,in their cars chatting, a flashlight in the dark, gunshots, with thosecaught off-guard, hit in the face by bullets.
The film, for a period, places a truck driver as a suspect, but hisfoul temper, and ugly personality throw up a red herring immediately.His downfall is his ex-wife, for whom he loathes for demandingchild-support, not allowing him visits on a regular basis due to hisdrug-use and one can understand why she wouldn't.
I think this will be a fascinating curio for those who watch filmsbased on serial killers, as The Zodiac Killer was made not long afterthe string of murders happened. The movie looks to have been shot onreal locations which give it an authenticity that benefits it. It's nota very stylish film, and looks to have been made on a limited budget,but I think this is both part of it's appeal, while also a detriment inways. It's understandable that this movie has been buried in obscurity,and may find very little of an audience since David Fincher's movie,probably more detailed, carrying a much larger budget, much betteractors, and a more attractive style/look. I suggest giving it a shot,there are some very disturbing scenes(..particularly the heinousknife-attacks, more shocking for how savagely Hal Reed stabs them, overand over). Without the help of Something Weird Video, I wonder if TheZodiac Killer would have ever seen the light of day. Besides Reed, thecast doesn't really help matters, and there's little focus on theinvestigators, desperate to find any kind of evidence regarding theirkiller that they'll seek out the efforts of a psychic, which isunfortunate. The murders themselves will probably be the reason tocheck this one out.








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"... perhaps we invent artificial terrors to cope with the real ones."

--host, Donald Pleasence, Terror in the Aisles (1984)

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Sbut
Snip. Snip

Hal

Hal
There are many things under the sun
---Dr. Werdegast, The Black Cat

hal1

It's Halloween, everyone's entitled to one good scare.

Jtm 2

Jtm 2

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Rave

Mrub

Mrub

Gb

"Back off, man. I'm a scientist."

--Ghostbusters

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Rv1

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Nas

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nos3

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Lok

Po

Po

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Ra6

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Countess Zaleska: Be thou exorcised oh Dracula, and thy body long undead find destruction throughout eternity in the name of thy dark unholy Master.

mh2

mh2

z2

z2

Hiii

Hiii

Fred

Fred

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Ghspo
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Enl

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nos4

gm

To a new world of gods and monsters!


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No 2
Jason Lives

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clothes line

Ahorr

Ahorr

Cbi1

Cbi1
Case of the bloody iris

Wsha

Wsha

Mouth3

Mouth3
In the Mouth of Madness

Fdfn2

Fdfn2
Freddy's Dead '91

Vyr

Vyr
Vampyres 1974

Sh fr

Sh fr
Friday the 13th Part 2

Vlov

Vlov
Carmilla's kiss

f133

f133

Edpos

Edpos

Ttf2

Ttf2

Jm2

Jm2
El Hombre Lobo

Psycho '60

It's sad, when a mother has to speak the words that condemn her own son. But I couldn't allow them to believe that I would commit murder. They'll put him away now, as I should have years ago. He was always bad, and in the end he intended to tell them I killed those girls and that man... as if I could do anything but just sit and stare, like one of his stuffed birds. They know I can't move a finger, and I won't. I'll just sit here and be quiet, just in case they do... suspect me. They're probably watching me. Well, let them. Let them see what kind of a person I am. I'm not even going to swat that fly. I hope they are watching... they'll see. They'll see and they'll know, and they'll say, "Why, she wouldn't even harm a fly..."

Kife

Kife
Knife is calling, Psycho 2

Meg

Meg
Meg Tilly, Psycho II

ring 2

ring 2
the ring 2002, "the tape"

poster

poster

exor1

exor1
"the visitor" The Exorcist (1973)

Conj

Conj

Tz1

Tz1
"Masks", Twilight Zone

In the kitchen, The Shape

In the kitchen, The Shape
In the kitchen, The Shape

exc4

exc4

Ps56

Ps56

Hun

Hun
Murders in the Rue Morgue 1932

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Ps89

Cof

Cof
Victor and Paul, with their Monster

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pcushig

His

His

Efny

Efny

sus

sus
I'm going to grind you down to blood and screams.

--Innocent Blood 1992
Rest in Peace, Robert Loggia

wb

Even a man who is pure in heart and says his prayers by night, may become a wolf when the wolfbane blooms and the autumn moon is bright.

WZ

WZ

Edfen

Edfen
"Do not enter the city...It belongs to the dead now."

h1

h1
Look behind you!

Bs

Bs
"There is no terror in the bang, only the anticipation of it."
--Alfred Hitchcock

linnea

linnea

Amer

Amer
Taste of metal

The h gang

The h gang

Nlc

Nlc
Old Skool Nostalgia

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Hp

Smoke

Smoke
Got a smoke?

Strek

Strek
Live long and prosper

Hill

Hill

Castle

Castle

SRW

"This seems to be the place where the plot begins to thicken..."
--Spooks Run Wild (1941)

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Frere and dummy

Mlove

Mlove

Alone/dark

"There are no crazy people, doctor. We're all just on vacation."

--Alone in the Dark (1982)

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Lips

Fhz

Fhz

Ph

Ph

Vestron

Vestron
Vintage VHS

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sm 3

Monique parent

Monique parent
Erotique in Review

Were5

Were5

f13

f13
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Bmate

Bmate

--Wes Craven

I think there is something about the American dream, the sort of Disneyesque dream, if you will, of the beautifully trimmed front lawn, the white picket fence, mom and dad and their happy children, God-fearing and doing good whenever they can, and the flip side of it, the kind of anger and the sense of outrage that comes from discovering that that's not the truth of the matter, that gives American horror films, in some ways, kind of an additional rage.

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Ms45 w

Churcvh

Churcvh
The Church 1989

Ww

Ww
The Whip and the Body 1963

Lsho

"Now, no novacaine....it dulls the senses"

--Little Shop of Horrors (1960)

Christopher Lee

Every actor has to make terrible films from time to time, but the trick is never to be terrible in them.

Vampyros lesbos

You are one of us now. The Queen of the Night will bear you up on her black wings

The Unknown 1927

No....not sick. But I have lost some flesh.

Alonzo, the Armless.

Ckvh

Ckvh

Blood of Dracula's Castle (1969)

Glen: We'd like to speak to the Townsends, please.

The Butler: They are not available till after sunset.

Bw5

Bw5

Jill

Jill

Mad Love 1935

Doctor Gogol: Did you ever hear of Galatea?

Lavin - Waxworks Proprietor: Gala - who? Not wanting a statue of him, are you?

Doctor Gogol: I don't want a statue of Galatea. You see, she was a statue herself. Pygmalion formed her. Out of marble, not wax. And then she came to life in his arms.

Lavin - Waxworks Proprietor: [calling to his assistant] Start the motor, Henry. There's queer people on the streets of Montmartre at this time of night.

Doctor Gogol: [handing him his card] Here, a hundred francs if you deliver the statue to my house.

Lavin - Waxworks Proprietor: [reading card] It's a go, Dr. Go... gol. First thing in the morning.