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The Killing Jar (1997)

Michael Sanford and his wife move to his old town so he can take over the family business. However, gruesome murders of children start to happen. Meanwhile, Michael starts to become slowly ... See full summary »


Evan Crooke


Mark Mullin

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Brett Cullen ... Michael Sanford
Tamlyn Tomita ... Diane Sanford
Wes Studi ... Cameron
Carlos Bernard ... Chajén
Xander Berkeley ... Danny 'Figaretto' Evans
Edith Varon Edith Varon ... Martha Resigy
Jack Wallace ... Dick Resigy
John Philbin ... Pete Lawrence
Tom Bower ... Det. Jake Pestone
Frank McRae ... Det. Bernie Morris
Brion James ... Dr. Vincent Garret
Michael Halpin Michael Halpin ... Stuart Weissman
M. Emmet Walsh ... Sheriff Foley
Holley Chant Holley Chant ... Katie
James Noah ... Robert Sanford


Michael Sanford and his wife move to his old town so he can take over the family business. However, gruesome murders of children start to happen. Meanwhile, Michael starts to become slowly insane, after he may have witnessed one of the murders and reports it to the police. Is he the murderer, or is it something of his past? Written by Parca Mortem <icy_shadow@rocketmail.com>

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murder | independent film | See All (2) »


Everyone has secrets. Some are more dangerous than others.


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Release Date:

27 May 1997 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Der gläserne Tod See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA

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Production Co:

Paragon Pictures (II) See more »
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


In a tragic bit of parallel, over a decade after the movie was made, Jordan Oschin was fatally struck as pedestrian by a car. In this movie, Sean Evans, the character played by Oschin, is the only one among the three adolescent passengers to die when the station wagon they are in tumbles and overturns down a shallow hill. See more »


Dr. Vincent Garret: Essentially, the eyes are a sort of a camera, in which you can figure the brain is a roll of film. Everything we see, feel, touch, is stored for an indefinite period of time. The key is being able to retrieve it.
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One of the worst flicks I've ever seen.
10 April 2001 | by pizowellSee all my reviews

The Killing Jar is one of the worst pieces of crap I've ever seen. At first glance you may think The Killing Jar is a slash flick of some sort, well its not and far from it. Its about this couple who move to this small town where the guy grew up. He witness a murder, but doesn't know it. Through hypnosis he recalls all this crap blah blah blah. Really its about this kid who once put a spider in a jar and watched it die. Thats it. And they can't get over it. The characters repeat it over and over again. Recalling that the kid was crazy and most likely would grow up to be a killer or something. Damn this flick sucked hard. It was so boring I almost killed myself. If you see this flick at the vid store for the love of God don't rent it. Gives all new meaning to the word "SUCK."

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