The Hunt for the BTK Killer (2005)

TV Movie  |  R  |   |  Biography, Crime, Drama  |  9 October 2005 (USA)
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After 31 years at-large, detectives in Wichita, Kansas home in on the serial killer known as BTK.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Detective Baines
Robert Beattie
Mrs. Magida
Donna Goodhand ...
Paula Rader
Dennis Rader late 20's
Daniel Kash ...
Hurst Laviana
Chief Packer
Martha Irving ...
Mary Baxter
Mom with Baby
Detective Zilinski
Hollis McLaren ...
Nancy Regan ...
TV Anchor Madge


After 31 years at-large, detectives in Wichita, Kansas home in on the serial killer known as BTK.

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Release Date:

9 October 2005 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

BTK - Vadászat a sorozatgyilkosra  »

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In the scene where BTK kills Nancy Fox, they show a pack of Marlboro Lights cigarettes and an ashtray with a brown cigarette butt in it on the night stand. However, in the U.S. Marlboro Lights are all white cigarettes, not brown. See more »


Detective Jason Magida: [voiceover] They say there are some things you can't unsee. This would be one of them.
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For a TV Movie, this was actually very good
23 June 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I caught this on Netflix and was surprised by how good it was, namely due to Henry's performance as Dennis Rader. I wasn't too into it in the beginning after hearing the usually great Robert Foster deliver a horrible line to a reporter. However, I overlooked it and bared through it which I'm glad I did. The film does not portray any of the killings and focuses on the actual hunt for the BTK killer which actually worked for the film because it gives the audience an even more uneasy feel watching Dennis Rader pick and choose his next potential victims. The film's greatness exists in Henry's performance. The performance is so controlled and hinders on the brink of a violent breakdown that as an audience member, you can't help but get the chills when you see him on screen.

The film does have it's flaws, between horrendous acting from some actors and some campy and cheesy dialog it still screams TV movie. However, for a TV movie, this is pretty damn good. Let's put it this way, for a regular theater movie, this would be a 4/10 easily. For a TV movie, 8/10.

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