Liberal district attorney decides to seek the death penalty for a man who slaughtered a family at Christmastime, then drank their blood. He escapes, though, and starts killing again.

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Cast

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Anthony Fraser
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Charlie Reece
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Albert Morse
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Kate Fraser
John Harkins ...
Dr. Keddie
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Mel Sanderson
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Judge McKinsey (as Billy Greenbush)
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Gene Tippetts
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Naomi Reece
Carlos Palomino ...
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Roy London ...
Dr. Paul Rudin
Donald Hotton ...
Dr. Leon Gables
Andy Romano ...
Spencer Whalen
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Harry Bellenger
Roger Nolan ...
Dr. Roy Blair
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Liberal district attorney decides to seek the death penalty for a man who slaughtered a family at Christmastime, then drank their blood. He escapes, though, and starts killing again. Written by frankfob2@yahoo.com

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A question of your life or death. See more »

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Rated R for scenes of strong violence | See all certifications »
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30 October 1992 (USA)  »

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Anklage Massenmord  »

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$7,500,000 (estimated)

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$796,368 (USA)
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In filming the scene where Alex McArthur's character jumps through the church window, McArthur insisted on doing his own stunt. Unfortunately, when he landed on the floor he fractured his ankle. He was taken to a local hospital where a cast was put on the lower portion of his leg. Later in the same scene, when he is knocking over items on a table, a black stocking can clearly be seen covering the cast. See more »

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After the doctor turns off the oxygen machine, he closes the girl's eyes. But, her eyes were already closed when they said she was brain dead. See more »

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Charlie Reece: I hear voices on the radio sometimes.
Albert Morse: What sort of voices, Charles?
Charlie Reece: Music. Telling me to kill. There's this one radio station I listen to. It's the devil station. I listen and I hear Satan telling me to kill. Sometimes I think this isn't real. It's not really messages, it's not making any sense. Then finally I figure it must be truth. So then when I start to lose all my blood, I figured that was Satan poisoning me for not keeping my end of the bargain.
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A Rough-But-Interesting Look At The Insanity Plea
24 May 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Warning: this movie is pretty grisly in spots, at least in the first half where the creepy character played by Alex McArhur goes on a couple of killing sprees. This film features a bit of an oddity: filmmakers actually opposing the "insanity plea," showing how it can be misused.

In this story, several psychiatrists are made to look corrupt and just plain stupid in parts. I also noticed a jab at Catholism in here as killings are shown in flashback as a mass is shown with the words "body of Christ" said over and over by the priest.

Overall, not pleasant to view in spots, and not super overall, but it does hold your attention and certainly brings up some good points. The screenplay and direction is by William Friedkin who did a number of interesting and controversial films.


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