The San Francisco area is beset by a series of seemingly random murders without motive or pattern. The police are taunted by phone calls and letters. Could the maniac be the violent, truck ...
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Over 40 years since the infamous Zodiac killer terrorised inhabitants of San Francisco and surrounds, three people stumble across homemade films of some of his murders. They then set out to track him down.
The lust for gold and the reading of a will brings eleven visitors to a remote island retreat, but an unseen, seemingly unstoppable evil follows to stalk them one by one. The bodies don't ... See full summary »
Yvonne De Carlo
Throughout the early 1960s and 1970s, the Zodiac Killer, one of history's most famous unidentified serial murderers, terrorized America in a spree of heinous attacks, sending taunting ... See full summary »
Craig P. Bauer,
In the late 1960s/early 1970s, a San Francisco cartoonist becomes an amateur detective obsessed with tracking down the Zodiac Killer, an unidentified individual who terrorizes Northern California with a killing spree.
Robert Downey Jr.,
The San Francisco area is beset by a series of seemingly random murders without motive or pattern. The police are taunted by phone calls and letters. Could the maniac be the violent, truck driver, or the seemingly mild-mannered mailman, or even a cop?Written by
Charles Goodwin <CharlesGoodwin@juno.com>
This film was shot in various locations without permits. See more »
The police car that responds to the cabbie murder has no insignia on the door. See more »
[Answers his ringing telephone]
Hello? Who? Oh. Listen, bitch, I'll get the kid a few toys for Christmas, so don't bug me! Yeah, yeah, I know it's only a few days till Christmas, whaddaya think I live under a rock or something?
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"The motion picture you are about to see was conceived in June 1970. Its goal is not to win commercial awards but to create an "awareness of a present danger", Zodiac is based on known facts. If some of the scenes, dialogue, and letters seem strange and unreal, remember - they happened. My life was threatened on October 28, 1970 by Zodiac. His victims have received no warnings. They were unsuspecting people like you ---
Paul Avery. Reporter, San Francisco Chronicle"
That opening text has apparently been omitted from some versions of this largely fictional account of the Zodiac killer's reign of terror in the late 1960s, filmed on no budget, seemingly no screenplay, and people who just simply happened to be standing nearby.
Some obviously forgot their lines and stuttered through the scene. Why were those scenes not re-filmed? Also, during an early scene in a diner, two guys (real customer, perhaps?) walking up to the front (glass) door as though they were about to walk in, but then stop, as though a crew member might have stopped them and said something like, "Don't go in there yet. We're not done filming." There is a black guy, who answers a ringing payphone, appeared to be a random passerby, unaware he was even being filmed.
The couple killed at the lake had a simultaneously creepy (what with the way the killer almost casually walked up to them, clad in full executioner's clothes) and silly (because of its amateurishness) feel. Probably the film's most memorable scene.
May be worth checking out, for unintentional laughs, and for a look at the first(?) film about the Zodiac, just don't expect it to be fact- based.
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