A serial killer casts a shadow over late ‘Sixties California with a series of seemingly random, blood thirsty murders which are chillingly followed up with taunting letters to the Police.
This is a true story and all the more shocking for it, based on the books surrounding the case by nerdy newspaper cartoonist turned sleuth Robert Graysmith.
The case gripped America as the self styled Zodiac Killer claimed seven verifiable victims in a three year period between 1966/69. In addition five further murders were possibly committed by this individual, but it was the weird coded letters that enthralled the public, later having echoes in the Yorkshire Ripper case where Police erroneously attributed the “I’m Jack” letters and tapes to the killer, when it was all a cruel hoax.
Graysmith was involved on the periphery of the case through being on the staff of a big San Francisco Daily who were the recipients of the coded scripts, and took over the investigation from alcoholic drop out Paul Avery (Robert Downey Junior), pestering the Police and trying to fit all the evidence together using his rather odd problem solving powers.
As a picture I would have liked a bit more action as we only see three of the murders. That’s not a blood thirsty request, it was just a very long film that could have done with a hike to up the pace about three quarters through.
A passable film but perhaps a case for DVD viewing due to it‘s rather bland flavour.
Note to CineWorld: The heating has been on the blink in Screen Six since at least December. Last night it wasn’t just a bit chilly, it was bloody freezing. Gerrit sorted!