5.2/10
7,650
48 user 37 critic

The Alphabet Killer (2008)

Trailer
1:43 | Trailer
Based on the true story of the double initial killings in Rochester, NY.

Director:

Rob Schmidt

Writer:

Tom Malloy
Reviews
1 nomination. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Learn more

More Like This 

Eloise (2016)
Horror | Mystery | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.6/10 X  

Four friends break into an abandoned insane asylum in search of a death certificate which will grant one of them a large inheritance. However, finding it soon becomes the least of their worries in a place haunted by dark memories.

Director: Robert Legato
Stars: Chace Crawford, Eliza Dushku, Brandon T. Jackson
Locked In I (2010)
Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.8/10 X  

Josh leaves his advertising career at its peak, everyone wants either to be him or to have him. A car accident will leave his daughter in a strange coma and when everyone has given up she starts communicating with him, or is he going mad?

Director: Suri Krishnamma
Stars: Ben Barnes, Sarah Roemer, Eliza Dushku
Freedomland (2006)
Crime | Drama | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.1/10 X  

A black police detective must solve a strange case of a kidnapped boy and deal with a big racial protest.

Director: Joe Roth
Stars: Julianne Moore, Samuel L. Jackson, Edie Falco
Horror | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.5/10 X  

A reclusive and butterfly-obsessed elderly lady suffering from bipolar disorder develops a disturbing relationship with a mysterious but seemingly innocent youngster.

Director: Jonathan Zarantonello
Stars: Barbara Steele, Ray Wise, Erica Leerhsen
Open Graves (2009)
Horror | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.2/10 X  

A group of surfers discover an old board game which claims a life every time it is played.

Director: Álvaro de Armiñán
Stars: Mike Vogel, Eliza Dushku, Iman Nazemzadeh
The Broken (2008)
Drama | Horror | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.4/10 X  

After seeing herself drive down the street, Radiologist Gina McVey unravels a mystery centered around a broken mirror.

Director: Sean Ellis
Stars: Lena Headey, Ulrich Thomsen, Melvil Poupaud
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

After a frantic suicide attempt, Veronika awakens inside a mysterious mental asylum. Under the supervision of an unorthodox psychiatrist who specializes in controversial treatment, Veronika learns that she has only weeks to live.

Director: Emily Young
Stars: Sarah Michelle Gellar, Jonathan Tucker, Erika Christensen
Rendez-Vous (2015)
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  

She had a dream and achieving it didn't seem that difficult. Or so she thought.

Director: Antoinette Beumer
Stars: Pierre Boulanger, Loes Haverkort, Jennifer Hoffman
American Mary (2012)
Drama | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

The allure of easy money sends Mary Mason, a medical student, into the world of underground surgeries which ends up leaving more marks on her than her so called "freakish" clients.

Directors: Jen Soska, Sylvia Soska
Stars: Katharine Isabelle, Antonio Cupo, Tristan Risk
The Coverup (2008)
Crime | Drama | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.1/10 X  

The story centers on around the mysterious death of repeat drunk driving offender Thacker and the discovery of his body in an alley behind the Marshalltown, Iowa, police department after his latest DUI arrest.

Director: Brian Jun
Stars: Gabriel Mann, Eliza Dushku, John Savage
Killshot (2008)
Action | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

Beautiful Carmen Colson and her ironworker husband Wayne are placed in the Federal Witness Protection program after witnessing an "incident". Thinking they are at last safe, they are targeted by an experienced hit man and a psychopathic young upstart killer. The ensuing struggle will test Carmen to the limit.

Director: John Madden
Stars: Thomas Jane, Diane Lane, Mickey Rourke
Lonely Hearts (2006)
Biography | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

Based on the true story, two homicide detectives track Martha Beck and Raymond Martinez Fernandez, a murderous pair known as the "Lonely Hearts Killers" who lured their victims through the personals.

Director: Todd Robinson
Stars: John Travolta, Salma Hayek, Jared Leto
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Eliza Dushku ... Megan Paige
Cary Elwes ... Kenneth Shine
Timothy Hutton ... Richard Ledge
Tom Malloy ... Officer Steven Harper
Michael Ironside ... Captain Nathan Norcross
Bill Moseley ... Carl Tanner
Carl Lumbly ... Dr. Ellis Parks
Brian Scannell ... Jay Castillo
Larry Hankin ... Perry
Jack McGee ... Hank
Melissa Leo ... Kathy Walsh
Andrew Fiscella ... Len Schafer
Rocco Sisto ... Father McQuarrie
Tom Noonan ... Ray Gullikson
Frank Rossi ... Francis Baker
Edit

Storyline

In Rochester, a pre-teen girl is abducted, raped, and murdered. Detective Megan Paige investigates: she works long hours obsessively, and soon she's seeing visions of the dead girl. The FBI profiles the killer as a spontaneous drifter, lucky not to get caught; Megan thinks he's local and a methodical planner. She notes that the victim's first and last names and the place the body was left start with "C." When a second murder follows the same pattern, Megan is vindicated, but her obsessions get the best of her, and her mental state impedes her work. With the help of medication, therapy, and a friend, can she regain her equilibrium and catch the alphabet killer? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

Based on a true story.


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language and some violence | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

View content advisory »
Edit

Details

Official Sites:

Official site

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

10 December 2009 (Kuwait) See more »

Also Known As:

The Alphabet Killer See more »

Filming Locations:

East Rochester, New York, USA See more »

Edit

Box Office

Budget:

$2,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$11,000, 9 November 2008

Gross USA:

$29,784

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$106,596
See more on IMDbPro »

Company Credits

Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
See full technical specs »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

In the group scene, the guy who plays Tim, is Nate Dushku. Eliza Dushku's real life brother. See more »

Goofs

Also, When they visited the Webster Police Chief in his office, they are clearly in a sky scraper. The Webster Police HQ is a two story building next to a park and a library. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Megan Paige: Mostly the job is to ask questions. The frustrating part, the part that drives you crazy, is that the people you really want to talk to are dead.
See more »

Connections

Referenced in The Cinema Snob: Sunday School Musical (2019) See more »

Soundtracks

Skeleton (She's So Cool)
Written by Nils Alpha / Jukka Sebatian
Performed by Alpha Kids
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

See more »

User Reviews

Some good effort but not much of a story.
23 December 2008 | by alven75See all my reviews

Eliza Dushku is the one who delivers in this fairly predictable serial killer story, reminiscent of such films as "Gothika" and "Jennifer Eight". There are also a lot of serial killer movie alumni populating the lesser roles of this film, like Bill Moseley, Timothy Hutton, Tom Noonan and Cary Elwes. They don't really matter though, because it's all about Dushku's character Megan Paige and her late onset schizophrenia which makes it very difficult for her to crack the case of the Alphabet killer, as well as keep the confidence of her fellow police officers.

Movies that focus on characters with mental disorders are often interesting and unpredictable, like Polanski's "Repulsion" or Fincher's "Fight Club" because they makes the audience question what's reality in the movie and what's just playing out inside the mind of the main character. Unfortunately this isn't one of those movies. Instead of trying to make the audience share in Megan's delusions, they are clearly separated and labeled to avoid any confusion, or excitement for that matter. Instead we are made to watch her from the outside and see her struggling to connect with her colleagues and convince them that she's completely sane despite her textbook "crazy person" behavior. Like I said, Dushku delivers a solid performance as a distraught, emotionally unstable and sometimes delusional police woman. It's just hard to get invested in her character because of the boring predictable story she slowly fights her way through.

There is not a single supporting character that comes off as more than some kind of one-dimensional stereotype. There's the honest cop, the crooked cop, the former lover, the one true friend, the calm doctor, the obvious suspect, the creepy priest and eventually, for a brief time at the end, the killer... non of them with any significant character development or depth. This movie isn't painful to watch and it's not poorly made, it just suffers from lack of imagination on the directors part and some sloppy writing. See it, don't see it... doesn't really matter.


59 of 77 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 48 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page



Recently Viewed