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Paradise Lost: The Child Murders at Robin Hood Hills (1996)

Not Rated | | Documentary, Crime, Drama | 10 June 1996 (USA)
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A horrific triple child murder leads to an indictment and trial of three nonconformist boys based on questionable evidence.
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Tony Brooks Tony Brooks ... Himself - KAIT-TV (archive footage)
Diana Davis Diana Davis ... Herself - KAIT-TV (archive footage)
Terry Wood Terry Wood ... Himself - KAIT-TV (archive footage)
Dick Clay Dick Clay ... Himself - KAIT-TV (archive footage)
Jenna Newton Jenna Newton ... Herself - KAIT-TV (archive footage)
Gary Gitchell Gary Gitchell ... Himself
Tommy Stacy Tommy Stacy ... Himself (as Rev. Tommy Stacy)
Melissa Byers Melissa Byers ... Herself
Todd Moore Todd Moore ... Himself
Dana Moore Dana Moore ... Herself
Pam Hobbs ... Herself
Jessie Misskelley Sr. Jessie Misskelley Sr. ... Himself
Gail Grinnell Gail Grinnell ... Herself
Joe Hutchinson Joe Hutchinson ... Himself
John Mark Byers ... Himself
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Berlinger and Sinofsky's documentary of a gruesome triple murder in West Memphis, Arkansas and the subsequent trials of three suspects, takes a hard look at both the occult and the American justice system in 'small-town' America. Three teenagers are accused of this horrific crime of killing three children, supposedly as a result of involvement in Satanism. As in their previous documentary, things turn out to be more complex than initial appearances and this film presents the real-life courtroom drama to the viewer, as it unfolds. Written by Tad Dibbern <DIBBERN_D@a1.mscf.upenn.edu>

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It's frightening to think they did it. It's terrifying to think they didn't.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

10 June 1996 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

America Undercover: Paradise Lost - The Child Murders at Robin Hood Woods See more »

Filming Locations:

West Memphis, Arkansas, USA

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Home Box Office (HBO) See more »
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Stereo

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Color

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1.37 : 1
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First feature film to contain licensed music of Metallica. The band was involved in raising public awareness of the accused. See more »

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Damien reads this Shakespearean quote while on trial: "Life's but a walking shadow...full of sound and fury signifying nothing." He incorrectly refers to it as being from A Midsummer Night's Dream. It is fact a soliloquy famously from Macbeth. See more »

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John Mark Byers: 'Yea though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I shall fear no evil.' And I'm not scared of the devil. I know who my comforter is. 'Thy rod and Thy staff comfort me.' And I thank you, Lord for letting me be able to believe in that with all my heart. I hope y'all really believe in your master the Satan, Sleuthfoot, devil himself, 'cause he's not gonna help you. He's gonna laugh at you, mock at you, and torture you... they prayed to Satan... And they had their satanic worship ...
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The Call of Ktulu
By Metallica
Written by James Hetfield, Lars Ulrich, Cliff Burton, and Dave Mustaine
Produced by Metallica (uncredited)
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more compelling than most Hollywood fiction
18 November 2015 | by SnoopyStyleSee all my reviews

In 1993 West Memphis, Arkansas, three young boys Christopher Byers, Michael Moore and Stevie Branch are kidnapped and brutally murdered. Three teen outsiders Jessie Misskelley Jr., Damien Echols and Jason Baldwin are soon taken in as suspects in a supposed satanic sadosexual murder ritual. Despite questionable evidence and questionable police tactics, the three are convicted with Damien getting death by lethal injection.

Joe Berlinger and Bruce Sinofsky are functional documentarians. The film looks more like a TV news report from the 80s. It's gritty and raw. More than anything, it is the subject matter that is the most compelling. It's a fascinating case with exciting trial revelations and obvious injustice that is better than most fiction written in Hollywood.


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