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 ...
Nestode
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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Do you set a killer free because he's insane, or kill him because he's not? See more »

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

Also Known As:

Anklage Massenmord  »

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$7,500,000 (estimated)

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$796,368 (USA)
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Trivia

The film was set for release in late 1987, but went unreleased in America for five years when its distributor, De Laurentiis Entertainment Group, went bankrupt. William Friedkin reedited the film and changed the ending before Miramax Films eventually picked it up and gave it a limited run in 1992. See more »

Goofs

During the amusement/fair scene, when the little boy is being held and throwing ping-pong balls into the cups, my wife and I walk by staring straight into the camera! (filmed in my then hometown) See more »

Quotes

Mel Sanderson: My God. This looks like brains!
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Thought-provoking drama
11 August 1998 | by See all my reviews

Simply put this is a great movie. And one that was years ahead it's time dealing with the now so popular "serial killer" theme. But most interesting about the movie is the way it makes you think about the moral aspects of the death penalty. Friedkin simply shows and lets the viewer make up his /her own mind about it. That's why it succeeds: it doesn't want to teach you a moral lesson or oversimplify like most Hollywood fare does. And on top of that it has a wonderful Ennio Morricone score.


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