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Dark Tourist (2012)

The Grief Tourist (original title)
A psychological-thriller in the haunting tradition of films like Taxi Driver and Monster, The Grief Tourist takes us into the chilling labyrinth of a man's dark hobby and his even darker ... See full summary »


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Credited cast:
Carl Marznap
Manny (as Brad Bufanda)
Office Worker
Aynaz Anni Cyrus ...
(as Anni Cyrus)
Diner Patron
Crime-Scene Investigator
LA Female Reporter

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A psychological-thriller in the haunting tradition of films like Taxi Driver and Monster, The Grief Tourist takes us into the chilling labyrinth of a man's dark hobby and his even darker mind. JIM TAHANA doesn't leave much of an impression when he passes you by. But look closer and you'll sense his hunger - the deep hunger of an insatiable American soul - always scanning to devour something - anything that might fill the searing, unexplained void within him. Jim obsesses over the hobby that has been part of his DNA since he was a young boy: grief tourism - the act of traveling with the intent to visit places of tragedy or disaster. Every year his week-long vacations from work are spent going to grief tourist locations in the lives of different serial killers he is fascinated with. This years obsession is Carl Marznap, a mass murder from New Orleans, Louisiana. But this trip is no ordinary vacation as Jim's rancid sexual impulses and weakening grip on reality deteriorate into a violent... Written by VEG

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Rated R for strong disturbing violence and sexual content, graphic nudity, language and brief drug use | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

23 August 2013 (USA)  »

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Dark Tourist  »

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$4,000,000 (estimated)

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Did You Know?


The character name "Carl Marznap" is a reference to real life serial killer/arsonist Carl Panzram. See more »


In the first scene showing Jim driving the red Pontiac G8 rental car in California, there is a very clear reflection of a film production camera vehicle: a mini-Van with the rear passenger sliding door open and a camera filming Michael Cudlitz driving. The reflection of the camera vehicle can be seen twice, both before and after the film cuts to driving through the tunnel. See more »


Written by Leonard Cohen
Performed by Chris Anderson
Courtesy of Easy Things Music
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Brilliant and Unapologetic in Portrayal of the Dark Sides of Humanity
6 June 2017 | by See all my reviews

I was interested in this movie, in the beginning, because I kinda have the hots for the lead actor Michael Kudlitz, and believe he is a brilliant actor.

It just so happens I am also a fan of unapologetic dark movies, without sappy happy endings. It was just by chance that I got both in this movie.

This movie isn't easy to watch. The characters are "broken" sad, mislead, lonely, tired and violent.

Melanie Griffith was superb. So natural, it didn't even feel like she was "acting" Pruitt Taylor Vince was also on top of his game.

Admittedly these types of movies are not for everyone, but I really appreciate the honesty in them in showing the dark side of humanity. This movie certainly does that.

I actually forgot I was watching ACTORS. Brilliantly done on subjects that is generally uncomfortable for most people.

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