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Dark Tourist (2012)

The Grief Tourist (original title)
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A psychological-thriller in the haunting tradition of films like Taxi Driver and Monster, The Grief Tourist takes us into the chilling labyrinth of a man's dark hobby and his even darker ... See full summary »


Suri Krishnamma





Credited cast:
Michael Cudlitz ... Jim
Melanie Griffith ... Betsy
Pruitt Taylor Vince ... Carl Marznap
Suzanne Quast ... Iris
Bradley Joseph ... Manny (as Brad Bufanda)
Linda S. Wong ... LA Female Reporter (as Linda Wong)
Eddie J. Fernandez ... Osvaldo
Waymond Lee ... Office Worker
Nayo Wallace ... Janita
Joseph John Schirle ... Young Jim
Donna Ponterotto ... Gerry
Chris Hayes ... Crime-Scene Investigator
Samantha Lester ... Donna
Stefanie Kleine ... Olga
Joan McCarthy ... AA participant


A psychological-thriller in the haunting tradition of films like Taxi Driver and Monster, The Grief Tourist takes us into the chilling labyrinth of a man's dark hobby and his even darker mind. JIM TAHANA doesn't leave much of an impression when he passes you by. But look closer and you'll sense his hunger - the deep hunger of an insatiable American soul - always scanning to devour something - anything that might fill the searing, unexplained void within him. Jim obsesses over the hobby that has been part of his DNA since he was a young boy: grief tourism - the act of traveling with the intent to visit places of tragedy or disaster. Every year his week-long vacations from work are spent going to grief tourist locations in the lives of different serial killers he is fascinated with. This years obsession is Carl Marznap, a mass murderer from New Orleans, Louisiana. But this trip is no ordinary vacation as Jim's rancid sexual impulses and weakening grip on reality deteriorate into a ... Written by VEG

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Rated R for strong disturbing violence and sexual content, graphic nudity, language and brief drug use | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

23 August 2013 (USA) See more »

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$4,000,000 (estimated)
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The character name "Carl Marznap" is a reference to real life serial killer/arsonist Carl Panzram. See more »


In the first scene showing Jim driving the red Pontiac G8 rental car in California, there is a very clear reflection of a film production camera vehicle: a mini-Van with the rear passenger sliding door open and a camera filming Michael Cudlitz driving. The reflection of the camera vehicle can be seen twice, both before and after the film cuts to driving through the tunnel. See more »


Written by Leonard Cohen
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not what i was hoping for
10 August 2014 | by cuda_71See all my reviews

I thought Melanie's character was not needed. She also delivered a less than 'good' performance. I don't know if the Director thought he could cash in on her star power or what he was thinking by allowing her to be in this movie. I felt she sunk the movie faster than it was already sinking on its own. Her weak attempts at crying forced me to fast forward her parts in the movie altogether. The movie was on to something great then the writers or directors (maybe both) lost their way. Showing the other murders and far less of Melanie's character would have been great. The ambiguity of the prostitute in the next room was great because I wasn't sure if it was a man or a woman with a strap on. Some confusion on my part did set in when the reporter said that 6 transsexual prostitutes were murdered. That tells me it was a man. However, her/his phone conversation with the kid and going to Six Flags told me t was a woman. Confusing. HAD potential!

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