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Happy Face Killer (2014)

TV-14 | | Crime, Drama, Thriller | TV Movie 1 March 2014
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Serial killer Keith Jesperson murders at least eight women over a five-year span and taunts authorities with disturbing letters and scribbled confessions signed with a happy face.

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Rick Bota
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Cast overview, first billed only:
David Arquette ... Keith Jesperson
Gloria Reuben ... Melinda Gand
Daryl Shuttleworth ... Sheriff Cotton
Stefanie von Pfetten ... Diane Loftin
Melissa M. Montgomery ... Felicia Boones
Emily Haine ... Sissy Peyton
Jordana Largy ... Candy
Josh Blacker ... Peter Anselo
Mittita Barber ... Summer Northern
Kelly-Ruth Mercier ... Delores Parnicke
David Allan Pearson ... Dez Whitman
Vanessa Walsh ... Taffy Billings
Peter Flemming Peter Flemming ... John Jesperson
Crystal Mudry ... Redhead
Kurt Evans ... Levi Mayfield
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Follow the hunt and ultimate capture of serial killer Keith Hunter Jesperson. An aspiring cop turned long-haul truck driver after a failed marriage, Jesperson strangled his first victim following an argument and was back on the road again the very next day, killing at least eight women over a five-year span as he crisscrossed the country. Upset after a woman falsely confesses that she and her boyfriend are responsible for one of his murders, Jesperson begins to taunt the authorities by sending a series of disturbing letters to newspaper editors, even scribbling confessions on the walls of highway rest stops admitting that he loved killing his victims. By signing his morbid notes with a happy face, he earned himself the notorious nickname, "Happy Face Killer" and forever left his mark of fear. Written by Lifetime Television

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Crime | Drama | Thriller

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Canada | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 March 2014 (USA) See more »

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Happy Face Killer See more »

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Stereo

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Color

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16:9 HD
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Contrary to what was shown, the FBI had minimal involvement in the several homicides. The cases were investigated by the local agencies the FBI supervisor had demeaned early in the movie. See more »

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The FBI was called in supposedly due to the murder taking place in Oregon and the body being dumped in Washington. The problem with this is that there was no defined crime scene. Cases such as these are investigated within the jurisdiction where the body was located. If evidence that the crime took place elsewhere was discovered, at that point it would be investigated and prosecuted there.

The Sheriff states at the medical examiner's office that the only evidence was the happy face, bar stamp on her hand, and that her zipper had been cut out. The hand stamp would be insufficient evidence to define a crime scene. See more »

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12 June 2015 | by A_Different_DrummerSee all my reviews

Flagged on the IMDb as "American," this is yet another in the long (too long) line of Canadian knockoffs posing as something they are not.

Produced by a Vancouver production house specializing in projects with "strong female characters," starring Canadian actress Gloria Reuben (as the lead FBI investigator) and also starring "token" American David Arquette (the killer), this film pretty much is the poster child for 100% forgettable "poseur" films from the Frozen North.

As far as this reviewer can tell, Reuben has never carried an entire film on her back before. And this may be the last time she gets the chance.

Arquette has played baddies before, but is lost here with weak writing and direction. He struggles in the role.

One single example if I may be permitted: when Reuben's character receives a hand-written letter from the Happy Face killer -- with a happy face as the return address -- you might expect her (if you are a regular film goer) to wear gloves and call a CSI before opening it...? You would be wrong. In this script, in this sloppy production, she opens it with the gusto and abandon a 12 year old would reserve for a Big Mac.

Prints? Forensics? That is something you see only in "real" movies.

Which this is not.


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