David Fincher has made two of the greatest, most polar opposite serial killer films in the history of cinema. And his new Netflix series, Mindhunter, gives us the master back in that space.
The series is based on John Douglas’ book Mind Hunter: Inside the FBI’s Elite Serial Crime Unit, and if this first teaser is any indicator this could be pretty amazing. Check it out:
Here is the extended synopsis of the book to give you perhaps an idea of what the series will entail:
In chilling detail, the legendary Mindhunter takes us behind the scenes of some of his most gruesome, fascinating, and challenging cases—and into the darkest recesses of our worst nightmares.
During his twenty-five year career with the Investigative Support Unit, Special Agent John Douglas became a legendary figure in law enforcement, pursuing some of the most notorious and sadistic
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The serial killer thriller The Abduction of Jennifer Grayson has revealed that it will coming out on DVD on March 28th via Wild Eye Releasing. The film is writer/director Corynn Egreczky’s debut feature, who will be providing commentary on the release. It can be pre-ordered via Amazon.
The Abduction of Jennifer Grayson stars WWE superstar Tommy Dreamer (ECW, Beyond the Mat), James Duval (Independence Day, Donnie Darko) and Nick Principle (Hatchet 2, Laid To Rest). It is already out on streaming services such as DirecTV, FiOS, Dish, iTunes, Amazon Instant, and Vudu.
Kidnapped after spurning a man’s advances, a young woman slowly falls for the charms of her captor. He eventually sets her free, but is he the serial killer the police have been hunting for? Only Jennifer Grayson can help them stop him once and for all.
Read more at: https://www.dreadcentral.com/news/216265/serial-killer-thriller-abduction-jennifer-grayson-announces-home-video-release-date/
There is a new chapter in the ongoing saga of serial killer narratives and whether they amount to art or outright exploitation. The latest cruel piece of business is not a play, exactly, but a “staged transcript” of the interrogation of disgraced former Canadian Forces colonel Russell Williams, the one that made a household name of Det. Sgt. Jim Smyth of the Ontario Provincial Police.
One Little Goat Theatre Company’s production of Smyth-Williams is scheduled to open next week at Theatre Passe Muraille’s Backstage in Toronto. The public is virtually unanimous that murderers should never profit from their crimes, but reaction to the artistic community’s role in hocking tickets, or books, or made for television movies — and our role in consuming that output — is much more unsettled.
There is a very blurry line between what often begins with awareness-raising and too often ends with infamy-making. When the force and intensity
Read more at: http://news.nationalpost.com/news/michelle-hauser-stage-play-based-on-the-interrogation-of-serial-killer-russell-williams-an-act-of-cold-blooded-voyeurism
I Am Not a Serial Killer, 2016.
Directed by Billy O’Brien.
Starring Christopher Lloyd, Laura Fraser, Max Records, Karl Geary, Matt Roy, and Molly Gearen.
A sociopathic teenager discovers that his elderly neighbour may have something to do with a spate of murders.
I Am Not a Serial Killer begins in a not-too-dissimilar way to Tom Holland’s Fright Night in that a small town is being plagued by brutal killings and a teenage boy with a keen interest in such things discovers that one of his neighbours may be responsible. However, the filmmakers don’t make things easy when it comes to defining who is ‘good’ and who is ‘bad’ and the serial killer of the title could refer to either one of the two main characters.
The boy in question is John Wayne
Read more at: https://www.flickeringmyth.com/2017/02/blu-ray-review-i-am-not-a-serial-killer-2016/
24 years after the release of So I Married An Axe Murderer, another romantic comedy about a serial killer is finally in the works. The project comes from writer/director Jena Friedman, and it’s called Serial Dater. Deadline is reporting that Imogen Poots has signed on to star in the film, and she’ll be playing “a career-driven 30-year-old surviving singleton in New York City” who decides to finally give in to pressure from her mom and try to settle down with a nice guy after “a series of fleeting flings.” Unfortunately, after she finally finds someone special, people who “who have recently been rude to her” start mysteriously dying, prompting her to wonder if this new beau is actually a murderer—and if that realization is worse than going back to being single again.Deadline says that Timothy Simons from Veep has also been cast in Serial Dater, but the story
Read more at: http://www.avclub.com/article/imogen-poots-will-date-serial-killer-new-romantic--250060
Are you bored of serial killers? Have you had your fill of tortured detectives with messy personal lives? Do you worry about TV drama’s unnatural obsession with sexual sadism aimed at attractive women? I am, I have and I do, and that’s why Unforgotten, ITV’s cold case thriller, currently running on Thursday nights, is such a brilliant antidote to the most depressing of TV trends.
There are many accomplished examples of the genre from the UK and across the globe – Luther, The Fall, The Bridge, Dexter, River, True Detective, Happy Valley – but all – even the justifiably lauded Happy Valley – suffer in comparison to Chris Lang’s drama, now in its second series.
Unforgotten has a placid and unfrenzied air that could almost be described as old-fashioned. In an era where mainstream TV drama is constantly being forced to adhere to a cinematic, often
Read more at: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/tv/2017/02/02/death-serial-killer-thrillers-gently-subversive-unforgotten/
Patrick Breen on Conviction (ABC)
In the Conviction episode ‘Black Orchid’, the team investigates a murder that matches the work of infamous serial killer known as “Black Orchid Killer.” Here’s the twist: the man known as the Black Orchid Killer (aka Clark Sims) is in jail and says “he didn’t kill those women.” So the current murder is either a copycat killer, or the real Black Orchid Killer and Sims is really innocent.
Clark Sims is portrayed by Patrick Breen. He’s known for his roles on BrainDead (Cole Stockwell), The Good Wife (Captain Terrence Hicks), Madam Secretary (Andrew Munsey), Royal Pains (Therapist Bob), and Boston Legal (ADA Otto Beedle), among others. Breen is also recognized for his roles in the films Men in Black (Mr. Redgick) and Galaxy Quest (Quellek). Conviction airs Sundays at 10pm on
Read more at: http://2paragraphs.com/2017/01/who-is-serial-killer-clark-sims-on-conviction/
Welcome to the Fund This column! Each week, we’ll look at a planned web series or other online video project currently in search of funding on crowdfunding sites. We’ll tell you what the series is all about and explain why it is worth your money. Do you have a project that’s currently being crowdfunded? Contact us to let us know and we may feature it in upcoming installments and check out previous installments right here.
Project Name: The Mask of Sanity
Asking For: $5,000 through Kickstarter
Amount Raised Thus Far (At Time Of Post): $3,022
Days Remaining In Campaign (At Time Of Post): 9
Description: The latest serial killer project to hit the crowdfunding circuit draws influences from Japanese mythology, horror filmmaking, and the world of social media stars. It’s called The Mask of Sanity, and it comes from filmmaker Francisco J. Núñez.
The Mask of Sanity stars Toru Uchikado, best known for his
Read more at: http://www.tubefilter.com/2017/01/04/fund-this-the-mask-of-sanity-kickstarter/
Ron Rash’s novel ‘The Risen’ tells complex tale of two North Carolina brothers haunted by events in the summer of 1969.
“Appalachian Noir” is a term many apply to the dark fictions of Western North Carolina writer Ron Rash — novels and stories of a hill country dotted with meth labs, addicts and the occasional serial killer. The official world is often corrupt, yet a few individuals, like those detectives in 1940s movies, battle for justice and answers.
At the same time, Rash has a Faulknerian sense of history — the past isn’t dead; it isn’t even passed — and his fiction often has the feel of a dark, Grimm fairy tale. Consider “Serena,” for instance (made into a movie with Jennifer Lawrence), which features one of the wildest Wicked Queens of history.
All of this comes to the fore in “The Risen,” Rash’s
Read more at: http://www.starnewsonline.com/news/20161231/rashs-the-risen-offers-twsited-tale-of-loss-and-longing