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A small independent news crew investigates a series of unexplained disappearances in a small Midwestern county. They find themselves interviewing a man who possesses an all too intimate knowledge of the details of "The County Line Cannibal" - Cyrus. Based on a true story. Written by
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'Cyrus' has that been there, done that feeling....
Serial killer and slasher movies are a dime a dozen these days and unfortunately, this one has really nothing new to offer us. About the only thing this movie has going for it is the pedigree cast. All of them have been associated with horror movies and each one of them does a fine job -- nothing too fancy or over-the-top.
Our movie begins with Maria (Harris) and her cameraman, Tom (Yalda) about to drive off to their next location. They work on a television show called 'Last Steps' and as far as I can see, it's a program that helps people identify what the differences are between a serial killer and mass murderer. They go into detail about each one and almost bore the pants of you when they're on screen. Maria and Tom have just been given a tip from a local yocal about Cyrus (Krause) (aka "The Highway Hunter" aka "The County Line Cannibal"). They arrive and meet a crotchety old man named Emmett (Henriksen). He reluctantly agrees to do an interview in front of the camera about Cyrus. Armed with only their camera, microphones and notepads... they enter the house and most of the film is told in flashbacks.
I'll have to say this for people that like these types of movies --- nothing really happens until about 40 minutes into the film. And when you have a scant running time of only 87 minutes.... that's not a lot of time to draw people back in, so be sure to have some patience before popping this movie in your DVD player. That being said, though, the remaining 47 minutes (minus the credits) aren't half bad. The story line that really interested me was when we had flashbacks in the flashbacks -- I was more intrigued by the Cyrus and his mother aspect of the film. I wanted to see more of his childhood and how he got to be so twisted and mind-f**ked. That is the story I was waiting for.
Henriksen's narration is often fun but a lot of it is also very unnecessary. Harris plays a reporter, there's not much for her to do but ask questions and she somehow still manages to mess that up because she asks certain questions that were pretty much already apparent to the viewers -- her line of interrogation was pitiful, at best. Krause does an admirable job as Cyrus, nothing really jumping out at me about his performance, but I'm not complaining, so that's a good thing, right? Overall, it's an okay movie, just a tad slow, clichéd and predictable. Doesn't mean it's a bad movie because the acting is good, the effects were decent and it didn't sound like it was filmed in a tin can -- so those are all pluses, in my book. More reviews at www.soveryterry.com Final Grade: C-
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