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Cold Light of Day (1989)

Fictionalized account based on the actions of serial killer Dennis Nilsen.




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Cast overview, first billed only:
Bob Flag ... Dennis Nilsen
Martin Byrne-Quinn Martin Byrne-Quinn ... Joe
Geoffrey Greenhill Geoffrey Greenhill ... Inspector Simmons
Mark Hawkins Mark Hawkins ... The Poor Boy
Andrew Edmans Andrew Edmans ... Stephen
Jackie Cox Jackie Cox ... Julie Stay
Bill Merrow Bill Merrow ... Albert Green
Claire King Claire King ... Prostitute
Eugene Cheese Eugene Cheese ... Grandfather (as Paul Jay)
Deborah Manship Deborah Manship ... Mother
Gary Ewell Gary Ewell ... Young Jorden
Lol Coxhill Lol Coxhill ... Priest
Joe Owen Joe Owen ... Detective Taylor
Carlos Downie Carlos Downie ... Pick up in cafe
Malcolm Rogers Malcolm Rogers ... Forensic Officer


Fictionalized account based on the actions of serial killer Dennis Nilsen.

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Low budget serial killer
30 January 2006 | by mysteryskeatsSee all my reviews

One has to admire the balls it took to make this movie. For a start, the atmosphere is cloying and intense, and if you've taken the time to track this movie down then chances are you probably know a little bit about it. Based on the crimes of British serial Killer Dennis Nielson, cold light of day is a slice of docu-drama little like anything you've ever seen before. i saw this on video in its 75 minute entirety, and it is a difficult movie to sit through. It makes you feel so uncomfortable, and tries, in its own way to present its characters with some compassion, but they are all so cold and pathetic that you squirm in your seat and wait for it to end. It took me a long time to track this little gem down, and it has had a couple of releases in the UK throughout the 1990's, but its a hard film to watch. Certainly a must for serial killer movie buffs or anyone interested in lensing their first movie, cold light of day is awkward and, in several places, downright unpleasant. Henry Portrait of a serial killer was gruesome, Cold Light of Day is a shiver than runs down your spine in the dead of night.

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14 February 2008 (UK) See more »

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1.37 : 1
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