I'm currently reading Stephen Thrower's 'Nightmare USA' and thought people might find the checklist interesting.
Confessions of a Serial Killer
Step inside the mind of a killer.
After being arrested, a Texas man begins confessing to the brutal murder of over 200 women. He recounts his random selection of victims and his traveling companions, his friend and friend's sister. But the police can't be sure whether to believe him or not until he locates a body and shows them some polaroids. Based on the true story of Henry Lee Lucas.
It's a pretty straight-faced serial killer flick, so yknow...KIND OF A BUMMER. It's also legitimately unsettling and tense in a way you don't expect to find hidden in a film this far down the horror rabbit hole.
Yikes, even when its loosly based on the story of henry lee lucas that is enough to give me the creeps. Its actually tho a very tame and non graphic story of one of the most prolific killers in american history. There really isnt much blood or gore or the horrible things youd think of, much like henry mind of a serial killer. Its very 80s, has that feel to it. The acting wasnt great, but if you lose yourself in the story youll find it actually a very entertaining movie.
Ignore the SILENCE OF THE LAMBS-style DVD art. CONFESSIONS OF A SERIAL KILLER is a film modeled after the story of Henry Lee Lucas, with Robert A. Burns, forever known as the art director for THE TEXAS CHAIN SAW MASSACRE in the role. What's interesting is that CONFESSIONS preceded John McNaughton's HENRY: PORTRAIT OF A SERIAL KILLER, and as seedy and exploitative as it is, is pretty effective in its own right.
That's mostly thanks to Burns' naturalistic and unsettling performance, as Daniel Ray Hawkins, a man for which killing is like breathing. Writer/director Mark Blair makes some mistakes, but he also does quite well at keep a foreboding mood throughout this one, where a happy ending just isn't possible.
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