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7 out of 7 people found the following review useful:

Beyond Bad. Wrong.

1/10
Author: Jennifer Zac from United States
26 February 2011

Having grown up in Kansas, living in Wichita for the years preceding BTK's final capture, I am fairly aware of the true story. The true story is horrific and gruesome, this was pretty lame. Not as dramatic, and the murders were in the wrong time frame, done incorrectly, with different types of victims. It was just weird to name it BTK. It had so little resemblance to the actual story. The guy who played BTK was fairly decent, but his physical appearance, body language and voice were all way off the actual person.

I ended up having to stop it before the end because it was putting me to sleep and annoying me.

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7 out of 7 people found the following review useful:

Terrible Production

2/10
Author: G8R 8U2 from United States
19 April 2010

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I almost NEVER give movies a 1 rating; but this movie definitely tempted me and is pretty bad. Frankly, I'm tired of film makers destroying stories that have so much potential. This could have been a great movie if only the makers had chosen to depict the story accurately. But, they decided to use wide-ranging license, even when unnecessary, and completely ruined it. This is one of those stories, like most serial killers' stories, where adding or changing the circumstances or facts really isn't needed to make a truly horrific movie. The REAL story is far more terrifying than this lame version they served up. They even chose to give Rader 2 daughters, when it's common knowledge that he has a daughter and a son... why change that? It even would have made more sense when the time came for him to go on the Boy Scout camping trip as a Scout leader, since his real son really was a Boy Scout, and Rader really was a Scout leader. Changing that was just plain stupid. Then, none of the murders is portrayed correctly; and were in reality far more gruesome and terrible than what they turned them into for the movie. He murdered 4 members of a single family, and that wasn't even in the movie. He also never killed anyone's husband, but did shoot a girl's brother. Again, why change such an insignificant detail? It's better just keeping it accurate.

How do these lousy movie makers keep getting the rights to the best true horror stories, and then completely and utterly ruining them on film? It seems like all the tragic stories with the most potential for making a good movie get snapped up by the people least likely to make something powerful and entertaining out of it.

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7 out of 8 people found the following review useful:

Nothing really memorable

4/10
Author: lastliberal from United States
11 July 2010

I am really not sure what writer and director Michael Feifer was trying to do here. I hate to think he was just capitalizing on the publicity surrounding the B.T.K killer, but it seems obvious that he didn't do more than that.

Kane Hodder as Dennis Rader was scary. Even when he was doing his day job, he came across as someone you really didn't want to mess with. Pity those that did, as they often wound up as his victims in the evening. When he talked to one young girl about her dog, or another that was lost, you could just see the predator oozing out his pores.

Hodder was the only good thing about this movie. He played the evil Rader better than anyone I could imagine. He was the essence of evil.

Unfortunately the rest of the move was definitely lacking in the sleaze one would expect of a film about a serial killer. If you are going to do a story about serial killers, a whole lot more realism would be nice.

Any discussion of Rader's past or motivations, or anything about the police work that led to his arrest was seriously an afterthought.

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6 out of 8 people found the following review useful:

Creepy

6/10
Author: dbborroughs from Glen Cove, New York
17 May 2009

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Kane Hodder stars in a film version of the story of the BTK killer. He was a loving family man by day and a serial killer by night. His rampage went on for decades. the film is a twisted descent into the mind of the killer as we watch him do horrible things one minute and the be kind and loving the next. As these sort of "based on a true story" films go the film is pretty good and disturbing enough to make you wonder why any one would want to be locked in the mind of a killer for even 90 minutes. The film works because of Hodder who is great both a family man and psychopath, making it difficult to watch the scenes with his family because we know whats lurking underneath. If you like this sort of thing I'd say give it a try, me I'm going to take a bath.

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11 out of 18 people found the following review useful:

Based on the true story of Dennis Rader the BTK serial killer

6/10
Author: snarkyone1965 from United States
11 November 2008

First off people should at least use a Google search to find out what the BTK serial killer did and that he did actually exist as our friend from New Zealand failed to do. Yes, the BTK serial killer did exist this is not one of a series of films of made up serial killers from some company named BTK. Dennis Rader avoided detection and held people in fear for many years before being apprehended. He called himself BTK because he would Bind, Torture, and then Kill his victims. He operated in the Wichita, KS area United States. This film is not a blow by blow account of his misdeeds but rather an assumption of many of them blending truths with suppositions. While this film is not going to win awards it is a look into the twisted mind of a serial killer that seems to fascinate while also disgusting the observers. If serial killers are a subject of interest to you then you will find this film worthwhile, if not then you might want to pass.

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5 out of 7 people found the following review useful:

I want my dollar back including taxes!!

1/10
Author: prophetess_mar from United States
19 September 2009

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It's frustrating to see a real life story wasted this way. Director-producer? He seems like an amateur and struggling filmmaker. Explicit violence is sometimes necessary but with no connection with the general narrative it's ridiculous. The actor interpreting Dennis Rader is good, but does not shine. Neither do the policemen. The family is plain bad.

In regards to the script, when it comes to serial killers biography is better. No imagination. No argument. If they tell you the movie is bad, believe it. It may be possible to find a worse movie, but I wouldn't expect that to be an easy task.

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3 out of 4 people found the following review useful:

A step below good

2/10
Author: Dave Lee from United States
17 January 2011

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This flick was pretty terrible. It was tolerable though until the very end when the wife began to have lines. Bad move, she is atrocious. Terrible writing too; this piece of poop should burn in hell. The only high points come from lead Hodder. You could feel the psychosis seething below the surface while he dealt with the miscreants under his thumb. The arrogance that Rader reportedly had was very evident in Hodder's portrayal. The rest of the actors were terrible. It was like watching reenactment actors from bad A&E mystery shows. The movie ended on the lowest note possible and they should have just stuck with the truth instead of embellishing the story.

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4 out of 6 people found the following review useful:

Mild version of grisly story.

5/10
Author: Michael O'Keefe from Muskogee OK
27 June 2009

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Writer/director Michael Feifer offers us a fictional story based on the very real B.T.K. serial killer Dennis Rader. A seemingly mild mannered member of the Lutheran church, Boy Scout master, husband and father of two, Rader(Kane Hodder)is an ordinance enforcement officer of Wichita, Kansas. He relished his job and it helped his ego greatly. I guess every man needs a hobby. This story is supposition of the grisly and horrid murders committed by Rader between 1974 and 1991. B.T.K. meaning bind, torture and kill. The actual killings were graphic and nightmarish...but none of that in this film. Rader thought he was so intelligent, he teased the Wichita Police Department with letters in 2004 that led to his murder conviction in 2005. According to who you talk to, Rader was responsible for 7 to 10 or more slayings.

Also starring are: Amy Lyndon, Daniel Bonjour, Caia Coley, Dru Ashcroft and John Burke.

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6 out of 10 people found the following review useful:

A very creepy and nasty serial killer flick

8/10
Author: Woodyanders (Woodyanders@aol.com) from The Last New Jersey Drive-In on the Left
25 June 2009

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Kane Hodder gives an excellent and convincing performance as Dennis L. Rader, the infamous sadistic serial killer who tied up and tortured his victims prior to savagely murdering them. Writer/director Michael Feifer presents Rader as a complex and fascinating bundle of contradictions: he's a dedicated, but overzealous compliance officer, a loving family man with a wife and two daughters, a boy scout leader, and even the president at a local church, but also suffered from sexual problems and an irresistible urge which compelled him to commit these atrocious and inhumane acts of calculated murder (the scenes with Rader manhandling his hapless victims are extremely harsh, brutal and disturbing). Moreover, Feifer admirably refuses to explain Rader; instead he presents in a stark and unflinching manner Rader as the ruthless and vicious murderous beast that he was. Hodder really holds the film together with his first-rate portrayal of this horrifying human monster; it's without a doubt the best acting he's ever done to date. The rest of the cast is equally sound, with especially stand-out work from Amy Lyndon as Rader's proud, loyal wife Susan and John Burke as no-nonsense Detective Lutz. The last third which shows the severe impact Rader's heinous actions had on his family is positively devastating. Matt Steinauer's polished cinematography and the shuddery score by Andres Boulton and Jermaine Stegall are both up to speed. Really strong and upsetting stuff.

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13 out of 24 people found the following review useful:

Amateur attempt to recreate B.T.K.

1/10
Author: David Motolo from Laguna Beach, Ca
4 December 2008

I try not to go off on rants when commenting. After seeing this I can't help but rant. This was such an amateurish attempt to put a spin on the story B.T.K. The real life story of this serial killer is fascinating in a macabre sense. B.T.K. was a media sensation known world wide. Now why would a director try to make a movie based on their half cocked interpretation of what made B.T.K tick? All they had to do was stick with what happened. Once in a while people that make movies get to clever for themselves. I got caught up reading about B.T.K and watching docs on what this killer did. As Rachel Maddow would say try to talk me down. B.T.K. is a movie. In movies it's expected that a director will take a little creative license with facts. B.T.K. went beyond that. What could have been a engrossing movie about a serial killer turned out to be a director playing Freud. This director needs to watch Son of Sam by Spike Lee before making one more movie.

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