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The Alphabet Killer (2008)

R  |   |  Crime, Mystery, Thriller  |  10 December 2009 (Kuwait)
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Based on the true story of the double initial killings in Rochester, NY.

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In Rochester, a pre-teen girl is abducted, raped, and murdered. Detective Megan Paige investigates: she works long hours obsessively, and soon she's seeing visions of the dead girl. The FBI profiles the killer as a spontaneous drifter, lucky not to get caught; Megan thinks he's local and a methodical planner. She notes that the victim's first and last names and the place the body was left start with "C." When a second murder follows the same pattern, Megan is vindicated, but her obsessions get the best of her, and her mental state impedes her work. With the help of medication, therapy, and a friend, can she regain her equilibrium and catch the alphabet killer? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Rated R for language and some violence | See all certifications »

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$11,000 (USA) (7 November 2008)

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$29,784 (USA) (12 December 2008)
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The film is dedicated in memory of Stuart Rosenberg, mentor of the director. See more »

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Towards the end of the movie, Richard tells Maegan that she is going to take a trip down "The Geneseo", The river running through Rochester is " The Genesee " River. Geneseo, is a town about 45 minutes south of Rochester. See more »

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[first lines]
Megan Paige: Mostly the job is to ask questions. The frustrating part, the part that drives you crazy, is that the people you really want to talk to are dead.
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Skeleton (She's So Cool)
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Predictable fare; but, well acted
1 November 2009 | by (Orlando, Florida) – See all my reviews

I watched THE ALPHABET KILLER on Showtime last night. It is based on a true-life serial killer case in Rochester, New York. However, I'm not sure if the true events that inspired this thriller included a dogged homicide investigator who pursues a child murderer, despite suffering from schizophrenia. It's an interesting take, though.

Eliza Dushku, does an incredible job playing Megan Paige, the detective, whose condition makes her believe she can see the spirits of the victims. I found her character very sympathetic; and, quite believable.

Unfortunately, the movie was a bit predictable (even the "twist" seemed obvious to me).


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