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Blu-ray Review: The Zodiac Killer

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For a film directed by a former pizza restaurant owner, THE ZODIAC KILLER is certainly not what one would expect, but rather something that can be enjoyed in all its lunacy - come on in, grab a seat and a slice, cause we're going to cut this one up into 8 pieces and slap it in a box for the delivery kid to carry out.

The film, created in 1970, takes a peek into the notorious (and intently mysterious) serial killer's work, and implores its audience to assist in the capture of this sadistic murderer...are you up to the task? The movie showcases a few kills, then yanks the rug out from under you just as you think your deducing skills have led you to the committer - it's pretty ingenious filmmaking outside of its complete inanity. Director Tom Hanson concretely believed that the infamous killer attended one of the initial showings of his film, and whether it truly happened or not, it fueled Hanson's desire to help catch the deeply hidden soul responsible for the murders. Police hiding in ice cream freezers and the lure of a free motorcycle won as a raffle prize were two of his ideas, and it surely piqued some interest, but no result in snagging the killer.

In any event, the film has undergone a 4K restoration and comes complete with a bunch of special features in addition to the main presentation. Read on for a list of the goodies inside:

New 4K scan from the only surviving 16mm blow-up elements
Audio Commentary with director Tom Hanson and producer Manny Nedwick
On-camera interview with director Tom Hanson and producer Manny Nedwick
Liner notes and director Tom Hanson interview by Chris Poggiali of TEMPLE OF SCHLOCK
Tabloid-horror trailers from the AGFA archive!
Reversible artwork
Bonus Movie!: ANOTHER SON OF SAM (1977) from a new 2K scan!

Look, ya kooks - I'm not going to sugar-coat this...the movie isn't the most "professional" in quality, the acting is a full-blown level below suspect, and the comedic moments are ripe in a film that was supposed to act as a trap to lure in this secretive criminal. All in all, it's a movie that will have a certain type of audience, and they'll more than likely revel in its goofiness. If you're one of those who love schlocky celluloid, hop on over to mvdshop.com and grab your copy now.

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