(Justin Chambers, Rory Culkin, Robin Tunney, et al / DVD / R / (2005) 2006 / THINKFilm)
Overview: Based on true events, 'The Zodiac' is a psychological thriller detailing a string of gruesome murders in the Bay Area in the late 1960s and the impact on the victims, their families and the wider community.
DVD Verdict: As I'm sure we are all than more aware by now, our collective fascination with the minds of serial killers has, over the last few years, yielded a handful of queasy and accomplished small films reenacting the mayhem and madness of Jeffrey Dahmer, Ted Bundy, and Charles Manson. This latest film, 'The Zodiac,' is a low-budget dramatization of the hunt for the Zodiac Killer, who famously terrorized the San Francisco area in the late '60s. He was never caught. A small town cop (Justin Chambers) and his son (Rory Culkin) become obsessed with the Zodiac killer, endangering their family in the midst of the explosive media frenzy surrounding one of the most notorious and elusive serial killers in American history. Unfortunately here, the actual "killer" is nothing more than an anonymous stalker glimpsed in the shadows. There is no CSI - no forensic process at all actually! - and the actors playing cops and reporters throw soap-opera fits throughout! In truth, 'The Zodiac' has been made with the dunderheaded flatness of bad '70s TV and that just doesn't fly in this day and age. This is a Widescreen presentation (1.85:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs and come with the Special Features of:
Commentary by director Alexander Bulkley and co-writer Kelly Bulkley
"Behind the Zodiac" featurette
Chronology of the Zodiac killings