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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 ... 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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14 February 2008 (UK) See more »

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Killers Kiss See more »

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Cold Light Of Day
8 June 2018 | by a_baronSee all my reviews

"Cold Light Of Day" is more of a dramatisation than a film; fairly short, it explores the psychology of one of modern Britain's monsters. Dennis Nilsen murdered twelve, possibly more, young men, purely for his own gratification. A necrophiliac as well as a sexual sadist, his fascination with death is believed to have sprung from the death of his grandfather, that is if we can believe anything he said.

We see flashbacks to his boyhood but the film concentrates on his picking up his victims and murdering them. There is also an attempt to humanise him by showing his acts of kindness to an elderly neighbour. To which the best reply is so what? Ted Bundy actually worked on a suicide prevention helpline.

The names have been changed, which is understandable for victims and incidental characters, but was it necessary to change Nilsen's name to Jorden March? Lead actor Bob Flag bears a striking resemblance to Nilsen - hopefully only a physical one! - and it is easy to see why this ultra-low budget effort picked up a prize at the 1990 Venice Film Festival.

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