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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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Now this I like
15 June 2017 | by jtindahouseSee all my reviews

At one point while watching 'Awakening the Zodiac' I thought to myself, this is such a good idea, how has nobody done this before now? Then I realised that that is how unoriginal and unimaginative Hollywood has become. Any idea that is remotely fresh is utterly bizarre and unfounded to us. The fact that I had that thought about this movie indicates just how clever of an idea it is. Anyone can have a serial killer in their movie, but to base it around one that actually existed in real life and was never caught is downright smart. And it works. The hunt for this killer is genuinely intriguing and it all adds up to a very enjoyable film.

The only faults I could see in the movie were the odd character decision being a little out of place, and a scene or two missing (assumably to cut down the run time). Other than that it's a very tightly put together little production. The acting is impressive, the story moves along nicely with decent pacing and the concept is more than interesting enough to keep the audience captivated. I was very impressed with 'Awakening the Zodiac'.

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