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Confessions of a Serial Killer (1985)

After being arrested, a Texas man begins confessing to the brutal murder of over 200 women. He recounts his random selection of victims and his traveling companions, his friend and friend's... See full summary »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Robert A. Burns ... Daniel Ray Hawkins
Dennis Hill Dennis Hill ... Moon Lewton
Berkley Garrett Berkley Garrett ... Sheriff Will Gaines
Sidney Brammer Sidney Brammer ... Molly Lewton
DeeDee Norton DeeDee Norton ... Monica Krivics (as Dee Dee Norton)
Ollie Handley Ollie Handley ... Doctor Earl Krivics
Demp Toney Demp Toney ... Doris Simpson
Lainie Frasier Lainie Frasier ... Stranded Motorist (as Lainie Ferrante)
Eleese Lester ... Karen Grimes
Colom L. Keating Colom L. Keating ... Detective Barnes (as Colom Keating)
Dayna Blackwell Dayna Blackwell ... Girl Hitchhiker
John Browning John Browning ... Doctor Spivey
Carla Edson Carla Edson ... Honkytonk Girl
Gene Grottke Gene Grottke ... Deputy Sheriff
Brady Coleman ... Arresting Officer #1
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After being arrested, a Texas man begins confessing to the brutal murder of over 200 women. He recounts his random selection of victims and his traveling companions, his friend and friend's sister. But the police can't be sure whether to believe him or not until he locates a body and shows them some polaroids. Based on the true story of Henry Lee Lucas. Written by Ed Sutton <esutton@mindspring.com>

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A True Story of America's Most Twisted Serial Killer. See more »


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Alternate Versions

There is a version where the scenes where a 15 year old Daniel Ray Hawkins murders a prostitute is removed from the film. Also removed from the film is a scene when Hawkins is a child and he and his sister watch their mother have sex with two men and it infuriates their father and causes him to commit suicide. Also removed from the film is where a girl escapes from Hawkins when he tries to kill her. Also in the film Hawkins and a Texas Sheriff discussing Hawkins homosexual relations with Moon Lawton is edited. Another scene cut from the film is outside a gas station where they discuss starting their own violent sex magazine and later when they are in the gas satation the scene where they pick up groceries is cut. These scenes are just before they murder the gas station worker and another customer in the store. Also cut from this version is a scene where Lawton leaves for Louisianna and tells Hawkins and Milly goodbye. See more »


Version of Drifter: Henry Lee Lucas (2009) See more »

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Terror is a Man-Robert A. Burns is Brilliant
21 December 2004 | by nfaust1See all my reviews

This movie isn't kidding. That's why so many comments are hostile to the extreme. The late Robert A. Burns plays the serial killer who's confessing, and he's unforgettable. It's one of those performances that really get you because there's no pretense in his acting. Burns plays a guy who, on the surface, seems pretty ineffectual: polite, soft spoken, and when dealing with the police, always upbeat and gentle. But when the seasoned sheriff starts to interrogate our friend, this soft spoken fellow never breaks a sweat nor raises the tone or timber of his voice as he tells of one murder after another after another. I know of no other actor who has so vividly created this kind of sociopath on the screen before. Burns never plays it up. Rather, the contradictions he seamlessly illustrates in this character continually draw us into his horrible world. That's why all these folks have written negative, hostile comments. Burns gets to you in a way that's profoundly unsettling. You can't take you eyes off him. The film itself takes the approach that the world exists to provide killers like this with toys to play with. It relentlessly positions the viewer in the center of the sociopath's experience, creating a world that defies civilized restraint, tenderness of any kind, and replaces all with a cold and casual cruelty. This is a film that reeks of endgame; God is dead and the beasts rely on instinct and the smell of blood to survive. Not a pleasant film, for sure, but in it's own right a kind of classic because it fulfills its goals without generalizing or in anyway trumping up its dark, relentless vision into something like Jason and Freddy, a faceless cartoon. This movie haunts one because the terror it illustrates comes from a very real and very recognizable human being. Terror is a man. Burns is extraordinary, and so is the film.

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14 November 1985 (USA) See more »

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Confesiones de un asesino See more »

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Austin, Texas, USA

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Cedarwood Productions See more »
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