Monday, June 18, 2018

Kemper (2008)

Director: Rick Bitzelberger

Writer: Jack Perez

Composers: Bruce Chianese, Geoff Levin

Starring: Christopher Stapleton, Robert Sisko, Sean Thomas, Jordan Blanchard, Andy E. Horne, Zarah Mahler, Samantha Colburn, Robin DeMarco

More info: IMDb

Tagline: A Human Monster

Plot: A film inspired by the true story of Ed Kemper, a serial killer who murdered ten in Santa Cruz, CA during the late sixties and early seventies.

My rating: 4/10

Will I watch it again?  No.

Woof.  If you know anything about the man, Kemper, then you won't recognize much from this direct to video movie.  "Inspired by" is to be used very loosely.  That's the first disappointment.  The second is the acting and the seemingly lack of locations.  A lot of locations get used enough to draw attention to themselves.  I get there are budget restraints but geez.  OK, so that's three disappointments.  The acting, especially from Stapleton, is lacking and that's being kind.  This picture has a few big problems but at least there's some good gore effects.  Fans of true crime will be very disappointed in how far the filmmakers stray from the actual and much more interesting story of Ed Kemper.  This picture isn't even set in the 60s through the early 70s when the crimes took place.  The only reason the title and character in this picture exists is for name recognition.  Give this one a pass.  There's so little to like that it's not worth your time.  The Lionsgate DVD offers the film in anamorphic widescreen with the only extras with the non-anamorphic widescreen trailer for this film and n-a trailers for other like-minded Lionsgate films.

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