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Based on the horrifying true story of William Bonin See more »
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The true story of William Bonin a California serial killer. | Add synopsis »
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Cast

  (in credits order)

Scott Anthony Leet ... William Bonin

Cole Williams ... Kyle

Dusty Sorg ... Vernon Butts

Michael Rooker ... Det. St. John

Debbon Ayer ... Ruth Slobo
Thomas Curtis ... Billy Pugh

Mercy Malick ... Lisa

Tyler Neitzel ... Alex
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

James Babson ... Pugh's Dad

Christian Badami ... Doctor

Keith Bass ... Prison Guard

Tom DeTrinis ... Brian (as Thomas DeTrinis)
Sonu Dham ... Prisoner

Eileen Dietz ... Alice Bonin Benton
Stevin Espinoza ... Voight

Doug Haley ... Sean
Chris Merkle ... Priest
Konima Parkinson-Jones ... Newsvendor Stacy
Chuck Rockford ... Deputy Prison Guard

Aleksandr Sountsov ... German Hitchhiker

Nik Tyler ... Steven

Helen Wilson ... Mary
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Directed by
John Murlowski 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
David Birke 

Produced by
Shannon Banal .... associate producer
Ehud Bleiberg .... executive producer
Nadine Corde .... producer
Jeff Davis .... executive producer
Nicholas Donnermeyer .... associate producer
Andrew Herman .... co-producer
Roman Kopelevich .... associate producer
Tina Pavlides .... line producer
Tim Swain .... producer
 
Original Music by
Erik Godal 
 
Cinematography by
John Murlowski 
 
Film Editing by
Joy Zimmerman 
 
Casting by
Cambria Hankin 
Lisa Pantone 
 
Production Design by
April Glover 
 
Art Direction by
Emily B. Taylor 
 
Costume Design by
Erin Tanaka 
 
Makeup Department
Abby Lyle .... makeup department head
 
Production Management
Kim Green .... production supervisor
Sean Vawter .... unit production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Alicia Hailey Daniels .... second assistant director (as Alicia R. Hailey)
Sean Vawter .... first assistant director
 
Art Department
Tim Gideon .... property master
 
Sound Department
Justin Gay .... sound mixer
Klint Macro .... sound designer/re-recording mixer
Alex Ullrich .... foley artist
 
Stunts
Linda Jewell .... stunt coordinator
Dorian Kingi .... assistant stunt coordinator
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Brandon Alperin .... key grip
Jonathan Coyne .... electrician
Sara Elia .... second assistant camera
Ivan Gatz .... grip
Justen Hernandez .... best boy electric
Justin Lipetz .... electrician
Kevin London .... electrician
Daniel Madsen .... first assistant camera
Christopher Pritzlaff .... rigging gaffer
Eric Ulbrich .... camera operator
Eric Ulbrich .... gaffer
 
Casting Department
Sherrie Henderson .... additional casting
Laura Hofrichter .... extras casting
Dan Velez .... additional casting
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Katherine Voorhies .... wardrobe assistant
 
Editorial Department
Richard Lowe .... assistant editor
Gregory White .... colorist
 
Transportation Department
Kim Green .... transportation coordinator
Ari Virgil-Paige .... transportation captain
 
Other crew
Leigh E. Carlson .... location manager
Heather Casterlin .... script supervisor
John Coffey .... production assistant
Sonu Dham .... set production assistant
Zeke Hanson .... production assistant
Joshua Knoles .... script supervisor
William Alden Smith .... production assistant
Ari Virgil-Paige .... production coordinator
 

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Rated R for strong brutal violence, some graphic sexuality, drug use and language
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85 min
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Certification:
Australia:R (2010) | Germany:18 | New Zealand:R18 | Singapore:M18 | UK:15 | USA:R (certificate #45705)

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William Bonin had three scenes with his mother in an earlier draft of the script.See more »
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Anachronisms: In the first grocery scene where Bonin "meets" Kyle, the display cooler behind him has Starbuck brand Frappichinos on the top shelf. This movie is set in the late 1970's and was way before this product came out, Frappachinos were introduced in the late 1990's.See more »

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3 out of 3 people found the following review useful.
For Viewers Interested In True Crime, 12 October 2012
Author: Lechuguilla from Dallas, Texas

William Bonin was a real-life serial killer who murdered a number of young men in the Los Angeles area around 1980. The plot of "Freeway Killer" gives us a character study of this man as an adult already in the process of carrying out his evil schemes.

We see him as he entices young boys into his blue van; gets to know them with general chitchat; then, without warning, strikes, like some wild animal attacking its prey. As Bonin, Scott Anthony Leet gives a really fine, naturalistic performance, with emotions that run the gamut from cheerful normality to blatant hatred. Bonin had at least one accomplice, a young man named Vernon, well played by Dusty Sorg.

The film conveys some gore, though not a lot, mercifully. On the one hand, we do not want a sanitized version of Bonin or his crimes. But we also don't want gratuitous gore and violence that seem to sensationalize people and events. I think "Freeway Killer" strikes a reasonably good balance.

The guys being picked up by Bonin were so similar in age and appearance, they were almost interchangeable. I never did pay much attention to them; they were like stick figures. Any given victim could almost substitute for some other victim, so impersonal and fleeting were their roles in the script.

This is no police procedural; very little time is spent on police investigation. Also, there is no mystery here and very little suspense.

In this low-budget film cinematography is competent. There are lots of close-up shots, with emphasis on peoples' faces, showing their anger, desperation, fear, and deception. Rear-screen projections are noticeable in a few scenes.

Intended mostly for viewers with an interest in true crime, "Freeway Killer" zeroes in on the Bonin character, a madman with the demeanor of a normal guy who liked to mess with the minds of his prospective victims. I rate the film above average for its genre.

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