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Blackface Killer (2009)

The Minstrel Killer (original title)
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When a series of haunting murders plagues a small Texas town, law officers Tex Holland and Pike McGraw lead the investigation. The murders turn out to be the most shocking and vile acts of ... See full summary »





Cast overview, first billed only:
Tex Holland
Tyrell Jones
Eric Andersen ...
Pike McGraw
Carol Holland
Brady McGovern
Klutch Hitherton
Michael Nosé ...
Cobb Johnson
David Lambert ...
Joel Hitherton
Ted Whirly
Brian Levy ...
Earl Whirly
Harold Thompson
Ronni Valentine ...
Beuhla Thompson
Jacqueline Tribble ...
Suzy Lancaster (as Jacqueline Delamora)


When a series of haunting murders plagues a small Texas town, law officers Tex Holland and Pike McGraw lead the investigation. The murders turn out to be the most shocking and vile acts of sadism to ever hit the once peaceful community. With a dangerous killer on the loose re-enacting slave punishment on his victims, the cops must face their own personal demons as the murder spree throws them into a dangerous world of mercenary hillbillies and inbred cannibals. Written by Anonymous

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21 August 2009 (USA)  »

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Blackface Killer  »

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2.35 : 1
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A animated shot of the Minstrel Killer walking across the screen with an ax was cut from the opening credits. See more »


A modern Sharpie marker in Tyrell's hand when he's going over his notes, despite the film being set in the 1970s. See more »

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The Minstrel Killer can be seen at the end of the closing credits in an eerie banjo scene. See more »


References The Six Million Dollar Man (1974) See more »

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Atrocities, Indignities, and social commentary
8 September 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Michael Fredianelli's latest film The Minstrel Killer proves to be more than worth the wait. As a director who constantly pays homage to cinema's magnificent glory days of the 1970s it's only natural that Fredianelli make a film actually set in the 70s (somewhat of a dream come true for this Wild Dogs fan).

The Minstrel Killer takes place in a tiny Texas town and chronicles a series of gruesome murders. However, there's a twist. The suspected killer is a dark, creepy figure who has been known to sing old minstrel tunes after he brutally murders his attractive, young, blonde victims. Called in from the big city to help solve the case is Tex Holland (Fredianelli): a tough bigoted cop out for blood. Not all goes as planned however after Holland experiences a brutal encounter with a mysterious family of inbred cannibals, all the while having to endure tumultuous relationships with his wife (Vanessa Celso) and new partner, African-American Tyrell Jones (Anthony Spears).

Overall, Fredianelli does an excellent job of giving the film a retro look and feel. From the opening sequence and credits to the grainy celluloid like cinematography to the grimy rural locations, it's easy to see how someone could possibly mistake the film for an actual 1978 movie. The film's art direction is impressive in spots and looks incredibly authentic. Despite the high probability of quite a few anachronisms, the film's attempts at capturing the era are all the more impressive given its low-budget indie background.

All in all, The Minstrel Killer stands as Fredianelli's most impressive, professional, and best (?) film to date. Fredianelli and Celso are both great and perform some very convincing southern accents. Isaac Wade is devilishly sinister as the lead cannibal and Kevin Giffin breaks away from his usual typecasting. Also of note is a powerful cameo appearance from Aaron Stielstra (who also provides the film's wonderful original musical score). As it stands, The Minstrel Killer is highly entertaining and more than likely to garner several re-watches.

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