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Kemper (2008)

A film based on the true story of Ed Kemper, a serial killer who murdered ten in Santa Cruz, CA during the late sixties and early seventies.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Harris
... Ed
Sean Thomas ... Ross
Jordan Blanchard ... Young Ed
... McCormack (as Andy Horne)
... Peggy
... Alice
... Carol (as Robin Demarco)
Ken Weiss ... Mayor Turner
Patricia Place ... Ma Kemper
Kate Danson ... Annie
Adrienne Andersen ... Waitress
Paul Speckman ... Officer Phil
... Young Hitch Hiker
... Josie Murrow (as Nancy A. Harding)


A film based on the true story of Ed Kemper, a serial killer who murdered ten in Santa Cruz, CA during the late sixties and early seventies.

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for violent content and language | See all certifications »




Release Date:

25 November 2008 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Ed Kemper - Mein Freund, der Killler  »

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Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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A rare treat for bad movie fans
24 November 2015 | by See all my reviews

I grew up in Santa Cruz when Kemper was doing his terrible work, and so I have some familiarity with the gory details of this story. I mean, I never researched it but one picks things up from local news and talk around town. And without giving anything away, you can be sure that NOTHING in this movie is based on anything that happened in real life. In fact, I'm almost certain that they took an existing serial killer screen play and did a search and replace, swapping out "Mike Killington" with "Ed Kemper."

The locations don't look like Santa Cruz. The characters don't talk like humans. The cars are incorrect cars. The cel phones are... wait THERE WERE NO CEL PHONES IN THE EARLY SEVENTIES. Seriously, if there was any detail that could have been authentic, they found a way to make the exact opposite choice. It's kind of a marvel to see a movie with literally no correct decisions behind it. How does a thing like that happen?

Even if you never heard of Kemper you can appreciate this as a bad movie on its own terms. The acting is wooden and one-dimensional, the music is mostly synths, everyone is too pretty, the plot twists are like straight road through the midwest on a high-visibility day.

I guess what I'm saying is, if you have the attention span for stuff like this, it's the best time you'll ever have.

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