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The Hunt For The BTK Killer (2005/Telefilm)


Picture: C+     Sound: C+     Extras: D     Telefilm: B



Two things people complain about.  One is bad TV, the other serial killer movies.  TV has no excuse for how many bad series and especially TV movies they have made since the 1980s.  As for serial killers, the subject like any other is never tired if the story is there.  Considering that, The Hunt For The BTK Killer (2005) is a pleasant surprise.


This smart telefilm stars Robert Forester as the detective anxious to pick up the ultimate cold case of the mysterious and brutal BTK Killer when he resurfaces as violent as ever.  Gregg Henry is very good and consistent as Dennis Rader, the all-American family man who turns out to be BTK.  Wichita, Kansas has been disturbingly quiet since 1988 and 14 years later, BTK starts a new wave of killings.  The Tom Towler/Donald Martin teleplay (based on Robert Beattie’s book) is a throwback to the integrity of the journalistically sound telefilms of the 1970s and the supporting cast (including Maury (Nero Wolfe) Chaykin and Michael Fox) only furthers that feel.


The anamorphically enhanced 1.78 X 1image was shot in HD and is somewhat stylized, but not bad.  It tries to look more like a drama than a serial killer film and that works in its great favor.  It also avoids looking like a police procedural, which also helps.  The Dolby Digital 5.1 mix has no major surrounds and is dialogue-heavy in nature.  There are no extras, but be sure to catch this.  David Fincher’s Zodiac will only increase interest in it and why miss out?



-   Nicholas Sheffo


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