After seeing this oily discharge of a film, Judge David Johnson thinks "BTK" should stand for Beat The Krap-out-of-the-people-who-made-this-horrible-movie-and-wasted-my-time.
Neighbor. Husband. Father. Killer.
No offense to the victims of the dickhead upon which this lame-ass movie was based, but I've always thought "BTK Killer" sounds like Burger King's latest hamburger monstrosity.
Facts of the Case
BTK Killer tells the story of Dennis Rader (Gerard Griesbaum), the man nabbed as the notorious BTK killer, a Midwestern menace who was accused of killing at least 10 women in the late '60s and early '70s. Director Ulli Lommel (who directed The Boogeyman) attempts to bring to life the looniness that infected this outwardly pious and dedicated church-going family man/dogcatcher.
The emphasis lies with Rader, who we see in flashbacks and in the present, prior to his arrest. What we don't see is the investigative process that eventually brings him down. BTK Killer is fashioned less as a procedural and more as an investigative look in the mind of a madman, using the tiniest conceivable budget.
BTK Killer is a true sack-sucker of a movie. It is a monstrous waste of time and laughable attempt at coherent filmmaking. Honestly, there is so much wrong with this dysfunctional movie I can't really think of anything that went right.
Things That Are Stupid in BTK Killer
• The Visions
• Pointless Slaughterhouse Footage
• The Sets
These are the transgressions that stick out in my mind. The usual stuff sucks too: acting, writing, music, all of it, balls. And the whole thing just looks wicked cheap. I think the biggest misstep, story-wise, was focusing on Rader and completely ignoring the other side of the case, the investigation. Crazy bald dudes I've seen; give me some Midwestern crime history I can at least learn about! Kick this one to the curb.
Save 80 minutes and shave your genitals with a weed whacker. You'll replicate the experience of watching BTK Killer just fine.
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