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Cyrus -- An independent news crew, made up of reporter Maria (Danielle Harris of HALLOWEEN 4 & 5) and her cameraman Tom, investigates a series of unexplained disappearances in a small Midwestern county. Inspired by actual events.
Cyrus -- Inspired by a true story, a small independent news crew, made up of reporter Maria and her camera man Tom, investigates a series of unexplained disappearances in a small Midwestern county.


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An independent TV reporter and her cameraman interview a man in regards to a serial killer the man knew by the name of Cyrus. The man traces back through the story of the serial killer and why he became the monster he is. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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'Cyrus' has that been there, done that feeling.... See more (13 total) »


  (in credits order)

Tiffany Shepis ... Jill Danser

Max Lesser ... Rich
Brooke Parker ... Alexis

Danielle Harris ... Maria

Winter Jones ... Tom (as Tony Yalda)

Kim Rhodes ... Dr. Albert

Doug Jones ... Dr. Dallas

Lance Henriksen ... Emmett

Tanya Newbould ... Molly

Anne Leighton ... Vicky

Shawna Waldron ... Chloe

Aris Mendoza ... Tina
Walter Bezt ... Young Cyrus

Jill Sandmire ... Amber
Bill Miller ... John

Sam Brilhart ... Young Emmett

Patricia Belcher ... Maybelle

Valerie Meachum ... Tanny
Andrew Gregg ... Salesman
Kyle Van Hook ... Baby Danser

Mike McNamara ... Rick
Corey Gibbons ... Greg

Brian Krause ... Cyrus
Jeff Christian ... Sheriff
Trevor Luce ... Luke
Paul Preiss ... Katz

Rae Dawn Chong ... Vivian
Wylie Allen ... Little Cyrus (as Wylie Guy Allen)
Thomas Schroeder ... Brothel Client
Laurence Skorniak ... Guard
Ben Dubash ... Trooper
Michael Steen ... Warden
Kl Kenzie ... Victim (as K.L. Kenzie)
Regina Daniels ... Victim

Lauren Robertson ... Victim
Kristen Muller ... Victim
Petra Ford ... Victim
Laura Powers ... Victim
Megan McHattie ... Victim
Michelle Rose ... Additional Player
Jason Sutton ... Additional Player
Britney Ketcham ... Additional Player
Kyle Vanhook ... Additional Player
Chad Sheldon ... Additional Player
Julia Levine ... Additional Player
Jamie Hollenbeck ... Additional Player
Dan Gutierrez ... Additional Player
Tracy Jones ... Additional Player
Jennifer Campbell ... Additional Player
Fidel Jackson ... Additional Player
Dave Jacobs ... Additional Player
Hilary Kiernan ... Additional Player
Gabrielle Daepolo ... Additional Player
Aaron Oshinski ... Additional Player
Matthew Siemans ... Additional Player
Margaret Killips ... Additional Player
Jodie Haughey ... Additional Player
Anna Hainrihar ... Additional Player (as Anna Leigh Hainrihar)
Lauren Woelfel ... Additional Player
Jared Withers ... Additional Player
Marissa Leguizamon ... Additional Player (as Marissa Rose Leguizamon)
Dennis Grosse ... Additional Player
Richard L. Walsten ... Additional Player
Teva Haughey ... Additional Player
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Don Joseph Chase ... Additional Player (uncredited)
Zachary Christopher Fay ... Joseph (uncredited)

Directed by
Mark Vadik 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Mark Vadik  screenwriter

Produced by
Jim Adams .... executive producer
Chazz DeMoss .... associate producer
Joel Kastelberg .... producer (as Joel Castleberg)
Travis Moody .... associate producer
Larry Skorniak .... associate producer
Mark Vadik .... producer
Original Music by
Frederik Wiedmann 
Cinematography by
Brian Levin 
Casting by
Joel Miller 
Production Design by
Marissa Leguizamon 
Art Direction by
Beth Gatza (second segment)
Monique Johnson 
Costume Design by
Anna Hainrihar 
Makeup Department
Cat Bernier .... special makeup effects artist
Danielle Dettore .... key makeup artist
Production Management
Naz Khan .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Corey Gibbons .... second assistant director
Brian Krause .... second unit director
Sean Miller .... first assistant director
Art Department
Andrew Gregg .... production designer: sets
Jean E. Higgins .... set dresser
Troy Holbrook .... crime scene photographer
Aaron Jenkin .... carpenter
Micha Kegan .... carpenter
Marissa Leguizamon .... lead set decorator
Sound Department
Zack Rockwood .... sound mixer
Lorian Toth .... boom operator
Special Effects by
Cat Bernier .... special effects supervisor
Troy Holbrook .... special effects makeup
Visual Effects by
John R. Ellis .... digital effects artist
Brian K. Johnson .... visual effects supervisor
Marie Fink .... utility stunts
Dan Lemieux .... stunt coordinator
Banzai Vitale .... stunt driver
Camera and Electrical Department
Szymon Bielesz .... dolly grip
Mike Bove .... best boy electric
Sebastian Brzek .... still photographer
Nick Cooper .... best boy grip
Dave Dewes .... director of photography: second unit
Dave Dewes .... gaffer
Ben Effinger .... camera utility
Jason Grainger .... Steadicam operator
Jordan Gzesh .... gaffer: second unit
William Q. Hartin .... grip
William Q. Hartin .... key grip
Andrew J. Hying .... grip
Bradley Kanter .... second assistant camera
Kl Kenzie .... grip
Joshua Lyon .... grip
Stephen MacDonald .... grip
Bily Salazar .... first assistant camera
Andrew Shoemaker .... key grip: second unit
Jenny Stolte .... first assistant camera: second unit
Jenny Stolte .... grip (as Jennifer Stolte)
Beth Thenhaus .... grip
Wei Zhang .... second assistant camera
Kl Kenzie .... behind the scenes camera (uncredited)
Casting Department
Chris Charles .... casting associate
Angelo Renardo .... casting assistant
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Victor H. Soto .... key costumer
Editorial Department
Eric Chase .... colorist: high definition
Music Department
Jun Lee .... musician
Haim Mazar .... musician
Hyesu Yang .... composer: additional music
Transportation Department
Dan Gutierrez .... transportation co-captain
Other crew
Dan Gutierrez .... key set production assistant
Julia H. Levine .... cast production assistant
Angelo Renardo .... production assistant
Lisa Sutton .... script supervisor

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  • Juniper Post  post-production sound services (as audio post)

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Australia:87 min (DVD) | USA:87 min
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Did You Know?

Contrary to the statement on the poster, this film does not tell a true story. However director Mark Vadik claims that elements of the story are inspired by Fritz Haarmann, the "Butcher of Hanover" who terrorized boys and men in post-WWI Germany, a killer who was also the inspiration for M (1931) among other films.See more »
Errors made by characters (possibly deliberate errors by the filmmakers): When Cyrus lights the fire to heat up the branding iron, the fire has only been lit for a couple of seconds before he removes the branding iron to use on the victims cheek. In reality the branding iron would need to stay in the fire a lot longer.See more »
Movie Connections:
References A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984)See more »


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6 out of 12 people found the following review useful.
'Cyrus' has that been there, done that feeling...., 7 July 2011
Author: Terry Roehrig II from United States

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 Final Grade: C-

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