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The Hunt for the BTK Killer (2005)

After 31 years at-large, detectives in Wichita, Kansas home in on the serial killer known as BTK.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Robert Forster ... Detective Jason Magida
Michael Michele ... Detective Baines
Maury Chaykin ... Robert Beattie
Mimi Kuzyk ... Mrs. Magida
Gregg Henry ... Dennis Rader
Donna Goodhand Donna Goodhand ... Paula Rader
Michael Filipowich ... Dennis Rader late 20's
Daniel Kash ... Hurst Laviana
Johnie Chase ... Chief Packer
John Dunsworth ... Pastor
Martha Irving Martha Irving ... Mary Baxter
Janaya Stephens ... Mom with Baby
Nigel Bennett ... Detective Zilinski
Hollis McLaren ... Helen
Nancy Regan Nancy Regan ... TV Anchor Madge
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After 31 years at-large, detectives in Wichita, Kansas home in on the serial killer known as BTK.

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

9 October 2005 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

BTK - Vadászat a sorozatgyilkosra See more »

Filming Locations:

Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada

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Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

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1.78 : 1
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Goofs

In the scene where BTK kills Nancy Fox, they show a pack of Marlboro Lights cigarettes and an ashtray with a brown cigarette butt in it on the night stand. However, in the U.S. Marlboro Lights are all white cigarettes, not brown. See more »

Quotes

Hurst Laviana: He's back, Jason. The damn bogeyman is back.
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Competent serial killer thriller/documentary
18 October 2017 | by CoventrySee all my reviews

Between the years 2000-2010 it was quite popular (and very profitable) to make horror films/thrillers that were based on real- life serial killers. Practically all notorious American serial killers from the second half of the 20th century passed the revue, and the nastiest ones even twice or more, like Ed Gein, Jeffrey Dahmer, Ted Bundy, Charles Starkweather, Albert Fish, John Wayne Gacy, Gary Ridgway, etc. Many of these flicks aspired to be semi- documentaries and as factual as possible, but still most of them are pure rubbish (especially the ones directed by Uli Lommel, of course). Dennis Rader, more commonly known as BTK-killer, from Wichita Kansas also had the questionable honor to form the main subject of at least three contemporary low-budgeted horror flicks; one directed by the aforementioned Uli Lommel (I rather die than ever having to watch that one), one starring the legendary Kane Hodder in the titular role (which allegedly is quite decent) and this modest but surprisingly adequate made-for-television and documentary-styled thriller.

It's fairly obvious why the film industry wanted to exploit the story of BTK – short for "Bind Torture Kill" – as much as possible. Even though he committed his vile crimes, the murders of at least 10 innocent people, 10 to 30 years earlier, Rader only got apprehended in 2004 following a massive police hunt that he pretty much set into motion himself. Rader was always proud of the unsolved murders and suffered from a tremendous ego, so he really couldn't accept that a random writer/profiler was psycho-analyzing him on television. Rader, now a happily married and respectable church-community member, started sending clues and evidence of his old murders to the press and the authorities. He gradually became more careless and megalomaniac, which led to his arrest. "The Hunt for BTK Killer" focuses primarily on the police investigation, but also follows around Dennis Rader in his private life, during the preparations of the correspondences in his tool shed and as he's stalking a potential new victim. There are also a couple of sequences in the courtroom that feature blurry flashbacks of the murders committed in the early seventies and eighties. I have to admit that I was pleasantly surprised by the quality of this film. It doesn't aim to be overly sensational but provides a solid rundown of the facts, as well as a realistic impression of the fear and paranoia that reign in a small town when it gets faced with the return of an old boogeyman. Robert Forster's performance comes across as fatigue, but that's also what you expect his character to feels like after chasing a killer for three decades. Gregg Henry's performance as Dennis Rader is more than praiseworthy, as he manages to find the ideal balance between menacing creep and exemplary community hero. One more element that really struck me as far above average is the score and effective use of music. The soundtrack is moody and ominous, and sometimes it even sounds as if the tunes could easily have been composed by Hans Zimmer.


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