Category Archives: serial killer
The Strangler ~ Rather well done for its day, this 1964 crime thriller might seem dated by today’s standards. It was designed to exploit the real life Boston Strangler killings but then relocated and altered to distance itself from the case.
Held back by a sad cast, and reportedly the director Burt Topper as well, Victor Buono still rises to the top as the mother and doll obsessed serial killer. He appears to be the only one acting among a crowd of cue card readers.
Had it not been for the lackluster cast, and the uneven score, this could have been a movie on par with Psycho or The Boston Strangler, but it fails to even be a good exploitation flick, despite Buono’s performance.
Michael C. Hall, late of HBO’s “Six Feet Under,” plays Dexter Morgan a blood specialist for the police who is also a serial killer. Taught during childhood by his adopted policeman father to channel his darker urges toward other more deserving serial killers, Dexter easily makes that villain-to-hero leap. It is disconcerting when Dex does do his own serial killer thang, that you suddenly realize you’re rooting for him.
The core of the lesser (or is it better) of two evils comes from the book(s) by Jeff Lindsey – “Darkly Dreaming Dexter” and its sequel “Dexter in the Dark” which I heartily recommend. He’s a complex character who is surrounded by just as intriguing back-up and played by just as talented cast. If you don’t already have Showtime, this is worth getting it for. The second season has just begun, and it trumps the first in just two episodes so far. See it!