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Based on real events, Paul Bernardo (Collins) and his wife, Karla Homolka (Prepon), kidnap, sexually abuse, and murder three young girls.

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True story about a woman who falls in love with a violent rapist and murderer. Karla Homolka marries Paul Bernardo despite already having aided him in the rape and murder of her younger sister. Through their marriage he brags to her about other rapes he commits and involves Karla herself in the sexual assault and murder of two other female victims. Told from Karla's point of view. Written by kwedgwood@hotmail.com

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Rated R for brutal psychotic violence including murder, rape and spousal abuse, disturbing sexual content and strong language | See all certifications »

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$5,000,000 (estimated)
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In real life, Paul Bernardo and Karla Homolka legally changed their last name to Teale before they were arrested, after Kevin Bacon's character in Criminal Law (1988). See more »

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The telephone number on the taxi that drops off the Bernardos after their honeymoon has a 613 area code. At the time, the area code for St. Catharines/Niagara was 905; 613 is the area code for Ottawa and Eastern Ontario. See more »

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[first lines]
Dr. Arnold: Dear Karla, this is to inform you that after serving 8 years of your 12 year term, you're now eligible for parole. In connection with this eligibility, you are to be transferred to this facility for extended evaluation. After the end of which, it will be my responsibility to recommend for or against parole.
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Stupid, Stupid third-rate exploitation
9 April 2008 | by (Yonder) – See all my reviews

My only interest in seeing this no-budget, braindead movie was to see how they handled such an awful bit of Canadian history. Needless to say, it treated it as American TV people treat most things: sensationalized, shallow, pointless, tedious, recycling the same old things you've seen a million times to fill the black hole where a story should be (take for instance, the hackneyed structure of stage actor with accent playing the boring doctor that asks dumb questions so we can get to flashbacks).

It's bad enough that anyone would want to make a movie out of this tragedy, but there isn't a single bit of effort to be seen anywhere. The acting, the directing, the photography, the writing: all TERRIBLE.

And what is the terrible-TV (Canadians are guilty of this one, too) fascination with video camera point-of-view? Oh man , who needs to see the fake grainy/shaky camera work when the the "real" camera work is just as bad.

I felt unclean after watching this one, wondering what the families affected by these crimes would think of their tragedy being cheapened by a straight-to-video crapfest, stripped of everything human, and for what?


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