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Freeway Killer (2010)

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The true story of William Bonin a California serial killer.

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John Murlowski

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David Birke
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Cast

Credited cast:
Scott Anthony Leet ... William Bonin
Cole Williams ... Kyle
Dusty Sorg ... Vernon Butts
Michael Rooker ... Det. St. John
Debbon Ayer ... Ruth Slobo
Thomas Curtis Thomas Curtis ... Billy Pugh
Mercy Malick ... Lisa
Tyler Neitzel ... Alex
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
James Babson ... Pugh's Dad
Christian Badami ... Doctor
Keith Bass Keith Bass ... Prison Guard
Tom DeTrinis ... Brian (as Thomas DeTrinis)
Sonu Dham Sonu Dham ... Prisoner
Eileen Dietz ... Alice Bonin Benton
Stevin Espinoza Stevin Espinoza ... Voight
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The true story of William Bonin a California serial killer.

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Based on the horrifying true story of William Bonin See more »

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Crime | Drama | Thriller

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Rated R for strong brutal violence, some graphic sexuality, drug use and language | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

16 February 2010 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Bonin, az országút gyilkosa See more »

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Budget:

$1,000,000 (estimated)
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Fresh Planet, Compound B See more »
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Color

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1.78 : 1
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Trivia

James Babson, who has a small part as Pugh's dad, also auditioned for the role of William Bonin. See more »

Goofs

When Bonin wakes up in one of the scenes, he turns off the alarm on an alarm clock with an electronic digital screen. Such clocks were not yet on the market during this time period (1979 - 1980). See more »

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Not an other 'Henry', but worth watching.
5 May 2011 | by BloedEnMelkSee all my reviews

Reading the reviews, one of them stated that this was an other 'Henry' (Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer). I do have to disagree on that comment. An other 'Henry' it is definitely not. What made 'Henry' so interesting, especially in that time, is the dark, grim and depressing feeling of realism. 'Freeway Killer' is a lot more cleaned up.

Bonin was a real MF, who murdered out of lust. He raped his victims before he killed them, and also tortured quite a few of them. The fact that he was a lust murderer is only vaguely hinted at in this movie, but not more than that. The part of the torture is left out completely. Now this is not necessarily a bad thing for the viewer, but it would make the movie a lot more realistic, both in feeling but also in showing what his motives were.

And that's an other point I would like to make. Bonin was abused as a child, probably by his grandfather, and definitely when he was in a juvenile detention center for the theft of license plates. This background of child abuse shaped him into an abuser first and later into a merciless killer. But, in 'Freeway Killer', there are only some subtle hints of this troubled childhood.

Instead of focusing on Bonin's motives and background, this movie focuses more on the time before his arrest and his relationships with some of his accomplices.

Now, that having said, I do want to point out that 'Freeway Killer' is not a bad movie. The casting was good, thankfully definitely in appearance. Both Scott Leet and Dusty Sorg look like the real killers, which is something I find pretty important. I was impressed by the acting of Dusty Sorg, his acting looked very natural, but the acting of Scott Leet was not bad either. He managed very well in giving Bonin a good streak of madness. And that was most effective when he went from charming to predator in a split second.

Freeway Killer doesn't stand out the way 'Henry' does. Though the subject is dark, it is not a movie that will make you turn away your head. Which makes it watchable for a broader audience. There is hardly any blood and the few murder scenes are chilling but leave most to the imagination. If you find this a good or a bad thing is totally up to your idea of what a good serial killer movie defines. About background information, 'Freeway Killer' does nothing more than giving hints. This goes for his childhood, his development into a serial killer (which is left out), and also the way he was finally caught. Still, the hints are there, and it does stay reasonably true to the facts.

Overall, I have seen better. But I also have seen a lot, lot worse. I am somewhere in between giving this movie 6+ or 7- points, and for now I lean towards a 7-.


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