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Awakening the Zodiac (2017)

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Over 40 years since the infamous Zodiac killer terrorised inhabitants of San Francisco and surrounds, three people stumble across homemade films of some of his murders. They then set out to track him down.


Jonathan Wright
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Cast overview:
Shane West ... Mick Branson
Leslie Bibb ... Zoe Branson
Matt Craven ... Harvey
Nicholas Campbell ... Ray
Kenneth Welsh ... Ben
Stephen McHattie ... Zodiac
John Bregar ... Adam
Eva Link ... Lula
Jennie Esnard ... Tina
Doug Miller ... Officer (as Douglas Kidd)
Sandra Wilson Sandra Wilson ... Front Desk Woman
Jason Hook ... S.A. Grinstahl


The story follows a down-on-their-luck couple who discovers a serial killer's film reels. They decide to take the law into their own hands, risking everything for the chance at a $100,000 reward. It isn't long until they find themselves in the killer's lethal cross-hairs.

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The deadliest serial killer in U.S. history ... is back.

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for violence and language | See all certifications »






Release Date:

9 June 2017 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Z See more »

Filming Locations:

Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

Company Credits

Production Co:

Bunk 11 Pictures,TAJJ Media See more »
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Technical Specs




Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


The Zodiac killer's executioner-style hooded costume is based on real-life Zodiac survivor Bryan Hartnell's description of the killer. See more »


Early on in the film, Zoe is seen using a smartphone. Later in the library scene, she is seen using a flip phone. See more »

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A solid premise but a very mediocre product.
6 August 2017 | by Fella_shibbySee all my reviews

Saw this recently on a DVD. Having background information about the Zodiac n having seen Fincher's excellent Zodiac multiple times, i decided to watch this. Obsession apart, honestly, the trailer was very enticing but the movie wasn't. This film is about a couple who gets hold of some snuff footage linking it to the Zodiac. They along with the help of a friend, decide to track down the true identity of the Zodiac and claim the long offered reward money that could change all their lives. The movie opens with a re-creation of one of the Zodiac's murder—an attack on a couple parked in a car on the side of a road in San Francisco a la David Fincher's Zodiac. This movie relied more on the silly investigation as opposed to the actual murders committed by the Zodiac Killer. Even the investigation was kinda meh. The connection between the snuff footage and the Zodiac killer is concluded very easily by the trio. The premise of the film was very good. The film reels are discovered in a small town in Virginia where the couple reside in a trailer. The Zodiac killings happened in San Francisco. How did those reels get there all the way from San Francisco? The Zodiac going into hibernation? The film also has some decent cinematography, likable characters n acting. But the suspense n tension was lacking leading it to a dull n meh kinda ending.

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