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Diary of a Serial Killer (2008)

R | | Thriller | Video 9 July 2009
Tormented by the serial killer who took her mother's life, journalist LAURA NELSON investigates the only clue he ever leaves behind at his crime scenes: his diary pages.

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Andy Hurst

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Ellis Walker
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Chloe Snyder Chloe Snyder ... Laura
Mark Hengst Mark Hengst ... Robert
Andreas Beckett ... Killer
Bruce Robert Cole Bruce Robert Cole ... Ed
Garrett Brawith ... Dahmer
Anthony Dresdon Anthony Dresdon ... Ramirez
Kara Revel Kara Revel ... Red Head
Victoria De Mare ... Selena (as Victoria Demare)
Danny Chan Danny Chan ... Konerak
Matt Mercer ... Jim
Zak Rubenstein Zak Rubenstein ... Cynthia
Shaula Chambliss Shaula Chambliss ... Sharon
Bradley J. Thornton ... Uniformed Officer (as Bradley Thornton)
Adrian Vatsky Adrian Vatsky ... Jiminez (as Adrian Gorovatsky)
Brian Duclos Brian Duclos ... Bartender
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Tormented by the serial killer who took her mother's life, journalist LAURA NELSON investigates the only clue he ever leaves behind at his crime scenes: his diary pages.

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serial killer | copycat | fiction | See All (3) »

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He learned from the masters.

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Rated R for strong sadistic violence and torture, language, nudity, some sexual and drug content | See all certifications »

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USA

Language:

English

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9 July 2009 (Germany) See more »

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Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA

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Ed Gein's house was not in a forested area, it was out in the middle of the field on rolling plains. The house was two stories and was far, far, messier. The mother's room was just as she left it when she died. In fact, it was the only room in the house to be neat. See more »

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Who would have thought serial killers could be so dull?
6 May 2010 | by acustomerSee all my reviews

It actually makes a lot of sense. Serial killers are people, and much of people's lives are somewhat boring. If this moving was attempting to capture the abject boredom of having a compulsion to kill, it has succeeded admirably. Two problems: 1. I don't think that was the filmmaker's intent and 2. Even if it was, this would still be completely unentertaining.

The first issue is the pacing of the film. You ever hear how great directors help tell their story with every single frame of film? Now think of the opposite. Vast portions of the film are spent watching cars drive, birds chirp, people doing various things with phones, and people just plain standing around. It's incredible that the film is only 85 minutes, because it looks like they could have shortened it to 30.

The second issue is that they clearly have not mastered "show, don't tell." Having wasted dozens of minutes on people standing around, walking around, and sepia toned near-stills... they narrate. And oh how they narrate. You start feeling like you're watching a series of 15 minute long Twilight Zone episodes with the requisite intro and exit statements. And when they're not flat-out narrating, they're having the actors speak exposition to each other.

And lastly, close to half the film seems to be spent on flashback re-tellings of random real life serial killers. It leads you to wonder: how much new story is actually in this movie? It runs 85 minutes. Subtract off 10 for credits and opening. Maybe 1/3 of the rest is random real stories adapted (poorly). And 1/2 of the whole movie is wasting useful story telling time through slow pacing, in what I can only imagine was an attempt to be "suspenseful." So, if you watch REAL carefully- you might see about 25 minutes of real movie in here.

Though well... the production values were pretty good (despite a deep seeded love of sepia) and the actors were competent. So that's something. And makes it perhaps even sadder that they didn't seem to have that much to say.


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