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THE ZODIAC KILLER REVIEWED “The Zodiac Killer” is what happens when a fast food magnate makes a true crime movie. Tom Hanson’s attempt to unmask The Zodiac Killer arrived a full six months before WB got “Dirty Harry” to theaters. The difference was that Hanson had to fill in a ton of gaps about how the Zodiac operated. From there, it’s tales of worshipping Satan in his basement and their plans to use the film...
August 20, 20173 min

THE ZODIAC KILLER REVIEWED

“The Zodiac Killer” is what happens when a fast food magnate makes a true crime movie. Tom Hanson’s attempt to unmask The Zodiac Killer arrived a full six months before WB got “Dirty Harry” to theaters. The difference was that Hanson had to fill in a ton of gaps about how the Zodiac operated. From there, it’s tales of worshipping Satan in his basement and their plans to use the film to push Zodiac into coming forward. That’s right, the movie purposefully antagonizes The Zodiac Killer as a way to get himself to unmask back in 1971. The initial San Francisco theaters were set up as stings to bust the Zodiac when he went to watch the movie.

It never came to fruition. However, we have a collection of 70s true crime movies where a mentally unwell man has theories. If you enjoy The Zodiac Killer, AFGA also has his later work on Son of Sam in the bonus features. Plus, I just discovered that Hanson also directed “A Ton of Grass Goes to Pot”. This is the kind of movie that happens when the Zeitgeist meets the ambition of psychotic film making. Honestly, it’s one of my favorite Blu-rays of 2017. This is a must-buy.

SPECIAL FEATURES

  • Audio Commentary with director Tom Hanson and producer Manny Nedwick
  • On-camera interview with director Tom Hanson and producer Manny Nedwick
  • Audio Commentary with director Tom Hanson and producer Manny Nedwick
  • Bonus movie: ANOTHER SON OF SAM (1977)
  • On-camera interview with director Tom Hanson and producer Manny Nedwick
  • Tabloid-horror trailers from the AGFA archive!
  • Bonus movie: ANOTHER SON OF SAM (1977)
  • Liner notes and director Tom Hanson interview by Chris Poggiali of TEMPLE OF SCHLOCK
  • Tabloid-horror trailers from the AGFA archive!
  • Liner notes and director Tom Hanson interview by Chris Poggiali of TEMPLE OF SCHLOCK

A/V STATS

  • 1.85:1, 1.33:1 1080p transfers
  • DTS-HD 2.0 master audio track

RELEASE DATE: 7/25/17

  • 93%
    Video - 93%
  • 92%
    Audio - 92%
  • 98%
    Supplemental Material - 98%
  • 94%
    Film Score - 94%
94%

The Plot Thus Far

Directed by Tom Hanson, who had previously owned a chain of Pizza Man restaurants, The Zodiac Killer was made to capture the real-life Zodiac Killer. That plan didn’t work. Instead, we got the most outrageous and compelling “tabloid horror” vortex in the history of planet Earth. And beyond. During theatrical screenings, Hanson constructed in-theater “traps” to lure the killer from hiding. These included the use of an ice cream freezer filled with rent-a-cops and a raffle with a motorcycle as a prize. You won’t get insight like this by watching a David Fincher movie. But you will get it while watching The Zodiac Killer.

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