Up 896 this week

The Zodiac Killer (1971)

Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 4.4/10 from 244 users  
Reviews: 12 user | 14 critic

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 »



(screenplay), (screenplay)
0Check in

IMDb Picks: June

Visit our IMDb Picks section to see our recommendations of movies and TV shows coming out in June, brought to you by Swiffer.

Visit the IMDb Picks section

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 6 titles
created 24 Apr 2012
a list of 42 titles
created 25 Sep 2013
a list of 1175 titles
created 07 Oct 2013
a list of 2623 titles
created 11 Feb 2014

Related Items

Connect with IMDb

Share this Rating

Title: The Zodiac Killer (1971)

The Zodiac Killer (1971) on IMDb 4.4/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of The Zodiac Killer.

User Polls

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Zodiac (2007)
Crime | Drama | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

A San Francisco cartoonist becomes an amateur detective obsessed with tracking down the Zodiac killer.

Director: David Fincher
Stars: Jake Gyllenhaal, Robert Downey Jr., Mark Ruffalo
Horror | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.1/10 X  

A loner who works in a mannequin factory stalks and strangles women in Times Square.

Director: Barry Mahon
Stars: Rita Bennett, Helena Clayton, Uta Erickson
Zodiaque (TV Mini-Series 2004)
Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  
Stars: Claire Keim, Francis Huster, Peter Hudson
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.6/10 X  

Sexy young nurses apply special therapy in their daily rounds, as they work against a drug ring operating out of the hospital.

Director: Clint Kimbrough
Stars: Jeane Manson, Ashley Porter, Angela Elayne Gibbs
Adventure | Horror | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

An insane hunter arranges for a ship to be wrecked on an island where he can indulge in some sort of hunting and killing of the passengers.

Directors: Irving Pichel, Ernest B. Schoedsack
Stars: Joel McCrea, Fay Wray, Leslie Banks
Action | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 3.2/10 X  

When a mysterious planet crosses the sun, global catastrophes are unleashed. A rogue scientist is the key to deciphering the symbols and humanity's only chance at survival.

Director: David Hogan
Stars: Christopher Lloyd, Joel Gretsch, Reilly Dolman
Zodiac (TV Series 1974)
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

A police Detective Inspector teams up with an astrologer to solve various crimes.

Stars: Anton Rodgers, Anouska Hempel, Michael Gambon
This Is Zodiac (Video 2007)
Documentary | Short
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

David Fincher and part of the ensemble cast of his 2007 release Zodiac discuss the movie, its details (with behind the scenes footage and rehearsals) and their impressions on the infamous ... See full summary »

Stars: David Fincher, George Bawart, Robert Graysmith
Comedy | Romance

An overly ambitious journalist is demoted to the horoscope desk. Frustrated, he decides to make each column up. Until the day he meets the women of his dreams, an avid horoscope reader who does everything her stars tell her to do.

Documentary | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
Director: David Prior
Stars: Pierre Bidou, Russell T. Butterbach, Les Lundblad
Hunting the Zodiac (TV Movie 2003)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Directors: Reinhardt Beetz, John Mikulenka
Stars: Sandy Betts, Dianne Burns, Kelly Carroll
Zodiac Sign (2015)
Director: Christopher Nolen
Stars: Tammy Townsend, Brad James, Tanjareen Thomas


Cast overview, first billed only:
Hal Reed ...
Bob Jones ...
Ray Lynch ...
Sgt. Pittman
Tom Pittman ...
Officer Heller
Mary Darrington ...
First Murder
Frank Sanabek ...
Ed Quigley ...
Bertha Dahl ...
Mrs. Crocker
Dion Marinkovich ...
Doc (as Doddles Weaver)
Gloria Gunn ...
Richard Styles ...
Manny Cardoza ...
Hippy (as Manny Cordoza)
Norma Takaki ...
Donna Register ...


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 <>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis


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  »

Filming Locations:


Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs



Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
See  »

Did You Know?


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


Doc: I like 'em plump and juicy and dumb!
See more »


Version of Curse of the Zodiac (2007) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

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.

2 of 4 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Discuss The Zodiac Killer (1971) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for: