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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 »


Mark Blair


Mark Blair




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


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 »


Crime | Horror | Thriller


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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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21 August 2001 | by cannonscoopicSee all my reviews

This brilliant, unsettling film was glossed over in favor of the higher profile maelstrom of ratings controversy, "Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer." That's a shame, because, like John McNaughton's brilliant low budget film, Mark Blair's "Confessions" is extremely well made, has an emphasis on documentary-like distance over horror movie theatrics, and some wonderfully seedy and intense characterizations. Genre addicts disappointed by "Henry" will be pleased by this film which "delivers the goods" in spades. Veteran genre production designer ("Texas Chainsaw Massacre" and "Re-Animator") Robert A. Burns steps in front of the camera as "Confessions'" Henry Lee Lucas substitute, Daniel Ray Hawkins. Nondescript and passive, a captured Hawkins relates the murderous swath he cut across the rural South to skeptical cops in a series of flashbacks that include his abusive childhood, his routine of picking up female hitchhikers, home invasions, and quick stop holdups turned bloodbaths, all documented via his trusty Polaroid camera. Closer to the actual events than "Henry," "Confessions" gives us a substitute Ottis Toole in the form of "Ole Moon," Daniel's partner in slime, an overweight homosexual serial killer who brings along his equally deranged sister for the ride. Although the last act is a tad anticlimatic and the secondary characters' performances are sometimes uneven, but this is an excellent, shocking movie. Like "Henry," it was shot on 16mm by local filmmakers, sat on the shelf for many years, has many similarities in tone and style, and was snatched up to capitalize on the success of a certain Jonathan Demme film when serial killers were hot stuff. Concorde even whipped up ad art with a guy in a Hannibal Lector mask! Aided immeasurably by a creepy synth score by William Penn and solidly directed by Blair, don't watch this one alone.


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Release Date:

14 November 1985 (USA) See more »

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Filming Locations:

Austin, Texas, USA

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Cedarwood Productions See more »
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