Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Horror Based on Truly Heinous Crimes

Dahmer (2002) -  a biopic about Jeffrey Dahmer.  There are two timelines in the film: The "present" of the film runs in ordinary chronological order covering the period of one-to-two days; the flashbacks go in reverse order, so that Dahmer is seen as successively younger until the film arrives at his first murder and its aftermath.

Ted Bundy (2002) - A film that dramatizes the crimes of serial killer, Ted Bundy.  The film stars Michael Reilly Burke as Ted and Boti Bliss as his trusting, naive girlfriend, Lee (a character based on Elizabeth Kloepfer, Bundy's real life girlfriend during his killing spree).

Cropsey (2009) - An American documentary that initially begins as an examination of "Cropsey," a boogeyman-like figure from New York urban legend, before segueing into the story of Andre Rand, a convicted child kidnapper from Staten Island.

H.H. Holmes: America's First Serial Killer (2004) - Torture chambers, acid vats, greased chutes and gassing rooms were just some of the devices of death designed by the Torture Doctor, H.H. Holmes in his castle of horrors. Follows Holmes' entire life as a criminal mastermind in this fantastic and informative documentary on the turn of the century American monster.