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A Killing Spring (2002)

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When the Dean of Journalism at Lanholme College is found dead, a former cop turned crime reporter is pulled into the world of academic competitiveness where everyone - students, professors and the Dean's wife - all become suspects.


Stephen Williams


Gail Bowen (novel), Carol Hay (Story Editor) | 3 more credits »
3 nominations. See more awards »





Cast overview, first billed only:
Wendy Crewson ... Joanne Kilbourn
Shawn Doyle ... Detective Alex Emanuel
Michael Ontkean ... Tom Keaton
Zachery Ty Bryan ... Val Massey
Sherry Miller ... Lisa Gallagher
John Furey ... Reed Gallagher
Bruce Gray ... Ed Kramer
Kim Schraner ... Kelly Savage
Kris Holden-Ried ... Karl Hrynluk (as Kristen Holden-Ried)
Jocelyn Snowdon Jocelyn Snowdon ... Emma Chavez
Callahan Connor Callahan Connor ... Angus Kilbourn
Natasha La Force Natasha La Force ... Taylor Kilbourn
Zachary Bennett ... Zack
Pamela Wallin Pamela Wallin ... Self
Jean Yoon ... Officer Lau


Widowed Joanne Kilbourn is an ex-police officer, whose deceased husband Ian was the Ontario provincial Attorney General when he was murdered. His murder was eventually solved six years after the incident. After a stint as a criminology professor, Joanne now works as the criminal and justice expert for a local television news show, and as a college professor of journalism. Her private life is going well as she has just started dating Tom Keaton, her famous journalism school colleague who has just released his second popular non-fiction book stemming from an incident when two troubled youths terrorized him. Joanne's world is turned upside down when the School of Journalism's Dean, Reed Gallagher, is found dead in a seedy motel room with a pair of pantyhose tied around his neck. Initially, the death is thought to be accidental auto-erotic asphyxiation. But, the police, led by Detective Alex Emanuel, do eventually believe his death to be murder. Alex doesn't like that ex-police officer ... Written by Huggo

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Rated R for sexual content and some violence | See all certifications »

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Yellow Journalism!
31 July 2005 | by lavatchSee all my reviews

The setting for "A Killing Spring" was on the campus of a College of Journalism where the ethical and moral conduct of the teachers, administration, and students leaves a lot to be desired. For example, the faculty offices are equipped with liquor cabinets and drinks are served among the colleagues at all hours of the day and night. There also would appear to be sexual politics involved in the awarding of the most distinguished prize for student essays.

While the characters were interesting, the plot of this film was so convoluted that it was nearly impossible to understand the significant details and motivation for the killing of the dean of the journalism school and two of the star students. It was also rather disconcerting that in the course of these untimely deaths, it was pretty much business as usual at the college with no grief counseling or suspension of the regular school activities. The final segment of the film, wherein the mysterious identity of the serial killer is revealed, was especially murky and difficult to follow.

My favorite line in this film was spoken by the main character Joanne Kilbourn, the journalism professor who is on the trail of the serial killer. During a meal that is being prepared for Joanne by her friend Tom Keaton (Michael Ontkean), Joanne tells him: "Fresh garlic on a man's hand! Now that's an aphrodisiac!" While the film had some lively moments like this one, it was much too spicy for my tastes.

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Release Date:

29 January 2002 (Canada) See more »

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Copie non conforme See more »

Filming Locations:

Toronto, Ontario, Canada

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