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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 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


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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Release Date:

14 November 1985 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Confissões de um Matador See more »

Filming Locations:

Austin, Texas, USA

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Cedarwood Productions 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 »

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Grade-Z Garbage
11 August 2002 | by mercuryixSee all my reviews

When HBO hit bottom several years ago, they played bad movies over and over again because it was all their budget could afford. They have since reformed, but at the time they showed this, um, manure so many times a day I actually removed HBO and Cinemax (they were sold as a package then) from my cable subscription.

Everything about this movie, from the "acting", directing and script is the worst you will find outside Manos: the Hands of Fate. The movie is depressing in the extreme; take a repellent character, have him confess to a long list of random murders in "flashbacks" (relayed to stone-faced deputies wearing a little too much makeup), add in lots of helpless victims and sadism, and you have this movie. It almost appears to be a booster film for would-be serial killers; the characters, slack-jawed and stupid though they are, are presented as invincible, getting away with every sadistic killing they commit, with the editing showing the victims *just* missing the chance to escape or scream for help. It's hard to tell who is more sadistic, the characters, the editors, the film-makers, or the agitated viewers who wrote glowing reports over this trash. I thought it was the film-makers until I read these reviews. Scary. There is a 2000 year-old Greek adage which translate to "garbage feeds on garbage." I didn't understand it when younger, but it is starting to make sense to me now.

This movie does not enlighten, it only dehumanizes and desensitizes.

Avoid this movie unless you never go outside, have no normal friends, and enjoy the suffering of others. One star.

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