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THE ALPHABET KILLER
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Reviewed by: Andre Manseau

Directed by: Rob Schmidt

Starring:
Eliza Dushku
Cary Elwes
Timothy Hutton
Tom Malloy

Movie:  
star star star star
Extras:  
star star star star
Overall:  
star star star star
What's it about
We've got a crackpot lady cop who's been burnt out by her line of work. Unfortunately, she gets haunted by the victims of a serial killer who seems to be killing girls who have the same initials. Now it is up to her to stop the killer before she goes completely nuts.
Is it good movie?
I've heard a lot about this movie. Actually, that's not true. What I've heard about this movie is quite simply "ZOMG TITS" because Eliza shows off her Dushkus in this flick. Well, it's not worth it, sister. This movie isn't really very good at all. Let's look into it, shall we?

First of all, Eliza Dushku is terrible in this movie. She's just not a very strong actress and as a result it seems that this character who should be complex is being played by a teenage girl in a school play. I'm sorry, but it just wasn't very well done. On top of being a character that isn't really easy to like, she's just grating on the nerves. Even veteran Cary Elwes seems lost here.

On top of this, my biggest complaint is that the movie does the whole 'is it a ghost or is she crazy' thing until the very end and totally uses it as an unsolved gimmick. That drives me crazy and it isn't an effective plot device anymore. And the ghosts that she sees are so boring. They look like 3rd rate copies of the terrible ghosts they use in Pulse 3, another movie I just loved.

Also, I guessed the killer before the movie was even half over. It doesn't take much and really sucks the life out of this one before it's all said and done. I mean, it's not like the whole movie is a piece of garbage, but it is quite simply an average-at-best thriller that belongs on TV rather than on the video shelves.
Video / Audio
Video comes in a 2.35:1 widescreen transfer and looks great. Nice and sharp with good colors.

Audio is in Dolby 5.1 and is a pretty good mix although it gets a bit muddy at times.
The Extras
You get a very short making of featurette that runs about 7 minutes long. Really, there's almost no great information to be found here. Why make a 'making of' if its only 7 minutes long?

There also two commentary tracks. One is by writer Tom Malloy, and one by the producer Isen Robbins and director Rob Schmidt. It's not fun to listen to because it is another case of seeming like they watched a different film. They really seemed to like it, but I don't know why.

An alternate scene runs about 3 minutes and is another take on the first victim the killer gets to. Its okay, but I understand why it wasn't chosen.
Last Call
Ultimately, The Alphabet Killer fails to deliver. It isn't scary or original, the acting is poor and there's little gore to be found. You could do worse, but that doesn't mean this one should be snapped up right away.
ARROW IN THE HEAD'S RATING SYSTEM
star star star star I'D BUTCHER MY FAMILY TO SEE THIS AGAIN
star star star HANG ME BUT I DUG IT A LOT
star star AN OK WAY TO KILL TWO HOURS
star JUST SLING AN ARROW IN MY HEAD AND LET ME DIE IN PEACE

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