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The San Francisco area is beset by a series of seemingly random murders without motive or pattern. The police are taunted by phone calls and letters. Could the maniac be the violent, truck ... See full summary »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
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Ray Lynch ...
Sgt. Pittman
Tom Pittman ...
Officer Heller
Mary Darrington ...
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Bertha Dahl ...
Mrs. Crocker
Dion Marinkovich ...
Doc (as Doddles Weaver)
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Richard Styles ...
Manny Cardoza ...
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The San Francisco area is beset by a series of seemingly random murders without motive or pattern. The police are taunted by phone calls and letters. Could the maniac be the violent, truck driver, or the seemingly mild-mannered mailman, or even a cop? Written by Charles Goodwin <>

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He may be a stranger... a friend... or the quiet guy who lives next door. See more »





Release Date:

7 April 1971 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

The Zodiak Killer  »

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1.37 : 1
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Producer/Actor Anthony Begonia's parents were classmates of one of the victims. See more »


Jerry: Atlantis shall rise again! I am the super zodiac!
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Cheesy and cheap
15 April 2001 | by (Trenton, MI) – See all my reviews

This 1971 horror/crime film is really low-budget. The acting is bad and the direction is flat. It doesn't really shed any new insight into the Zodiac case. It basically is just 86 minutes of people getting shot, stabbed, sliced, beaten, and killed in a a variety of bloody ways. Pretty much all the names of the victims have been changed and we know who the killer is early on, and it basically just follows him as he claims his victims. It is pretty boring, has bad music, and lots of cheesy 70s fashions (I just love the part with that guy's wig at the beginning, haha!). The scene with the sunbathers getting stabbed to death in the woods is creepy and bloody, but everything else is laughable. "The Zodiak Killer" is a cheap, low-budget effort that some may like and others may despise.

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