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Behind "Monster" - meet Aileen Wournos

  • Jun 30, 2004
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Pros: Chilling, Great interviews, behind the scenes look

Cons: unanswered questions

The Bottom Line: Good solid documentary. Jail house interviews with Aileen Wurnous. Riveting.

Plot Details: This opinion reveals major details about the movie''s plot.

Due to all of the hype regarding Monster - I decided to check out the DVD of Nick Bloomfield and was not disappointed at the results.

I am a fan of Nick's documentary style and film making and have seen several of his films. This was a typical documentary film with handheld cameras and used Nick's deadpan English accent.

To actually see Aileen and to have her interviewed are chilling. Such a sad story, such abuse, such neglect, all culminating in murder. Is society to blame, is her family to blame, or is it Aileen mentally ill?

All views are presented with this film but ultimately the story ends in Aileen losing her mind and her life.

As with most documentaries, more unanswered questions are are the result, no Hollywood neat endings here. Aileen was a pained and scorned woman (some say mentally ill) who had a very rough life. She started prostituting herself at age nine. The years of hard living are etched upon her face.

A solid documentary, Bloomfield pulls it off with his brash style and deeply personal interviews. He painstakingly tracks down and interviews Aileens ailing mother, her best friend, childhood friends, her lover and of course the jailhouse interviews with Aileen herself. All efforts try to glean how Aileen got to where she was - on death row in Florida.

Just as chilling and convoluted as Charles Manson, Aileen makes twisted logic her reality and jumps back and forth between self defense and robbery for her crimes. Most likely a combination of both.

A solid but sad documentary about the life and times of Aileen Wurnous.


Viewing Format: DVD
Video Occasion: Fit for Friday Evening
Suitability For Children: Not suitable for Children of any age

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Aileen: Life and Death of a Serial Killer has to be Nick Broomfield's best film to date. Aided by the phenomenal camera work of Peter Watkins' protégé Joan Churchill, the two film makers capture the final days of convicted murder (and madwoman) Aileen Wuronos. Nick Broomfield put his heart into this project. He tries to delve deeper into the shattered and hateful psyche of Aileen (whom he has interviewed in the past) and continues to search for answers. I liked this documentary better …
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Director: Nick Broomfield
Genre: Documentary, Drama
Release Date: January 9, 2004, January 1, 2003
MPAA Rating: R, Unrated
Runtime: 1hr 29min
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