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  • Jul 21, 2000
Pros: They fooled me about the killer~kudos to them!

Cons: This is a totally worthless movie

aka Trail of a Serial Killer

Nothing makes me happier than a nice little serial killing. In this creepy little movie, we have Michael Madsen and a local policeman and Chris Penn, an FBI agent, on the trail of quite an unusual killer. Involved with this group is Jennifer Dale, a psychiatrist.

Girls are turning up in the alleys and the parks of a nice little town, minus body parts. These girls all have a similar look, of course, since this is a mindless movie. The killer for some reason is collecting body parts. Through the wonderful world of chemicals, he somehow numbs the ladies before taking his/her/their ‘souvenirs', making sure they are alive and conscious when he/she/it does it. Endlessly twirling through the story are a couple of small twin girls in a dream like series.

Another factor, Penn and his wife are divorced (separated?), anyway, she won't let him see his kids. We have endless phone calls between Penn and his wife with nothing getting resolved. Just his constant whining to see his kids. So, his concentration is less than stellar.

Now Dale is running a somewhat strange therapy group. She has one person in the office and the other calls on the phone at the same time. Apparently this person has issues about leaving the house or something, or maybe they aren't really who they seem. Half way into this movie, the killer suddenly starts calling her telling about the kills. Watching her run her therapy sessions, I wonder just who should be the one in therapy as she smokes ceaslessly and paces and seems unsettled.

As far as the killer goes, you get shots of women walking down streets, like they haven't heard about a serial killer or anything, alone at night and suddenly he/she/it appears out of nowhere in some hooded garb. After the killer does their gig, the next shot you get is a string of those paper people, you know the ones I mean where you fold the paper up and cut out the person and it ends up in a little string? Then he/she/it pastes a Polaroid picture on the paper people string, then another friggin shot of those little twins dancing around. VERY bizarre!

Madsen was fairly decent in this role. It seems to be his usual type of movie, plodding policeman just doing his job. It isn't that he doesn't apply himself, it is that the movie is worthless. Chris Penn, however, as the FBI agent plays his part like he studied every police movie ever made and decided to play good cop/bad cop all by himself. Couple that with his whining to his wife, nasty, just nasty.

Jennifer Dale, I can't remember seeing her in any other movie so I can't really tell if she was doing a decent job or not. In this one it just seemed like she was reading a script. She acts a little too nutso be the a psychiatrist, not one I would go to for help that is for sure.

What really ticks me off about this movie, I thought for sure I had figured out who the killer was about 20 minutes into it and durn if I wasn't wrong! And it was such a plastic movie too, it should have been so obvious! And even the killer asks Penn how his darn kids are.

Movie question of the decade ~ why don't the police ever turn on lights when they enter a house? Why do they skulk around with flashlights when there are perfectly good light switches available? A totally strange movie, directed by Damian Lee. Please, God, tell me I am not the only person that has seen this movie! Violence, nasty language and a lotta sex.


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Penn is an FBI agent who has been chasing a serial killer for ten years. After a four year lull, the murders resume, testing Penn's sanity and threatening the life of a female psychiatrist, who begins receiving phone calls from the killer.
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Director: Damian Lee
Release Date: 1997
MPAA Rating: R
DVD Release Date: Echo Bridge Home Entertainment (June 26, 2001)
Runtime: 1hr 35min
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