Aileen Wuornos - The Selling of a Serial Killer (1993)
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Critic Reviews for Aileen Wuornos - The Selling of a Serial Killer
Aileen Wuornos is raw, fascinating and less than ideally organized. But as a portrait of a world obsessed with cashing in on tragedy, it couldn't be more timely.
Broomfield ends up exploring a world that cares more about money and deals than about life and death.
Though undermining and ignoring some facts about the serial killer, Broomfield's docu is entertaining and it certainly capture the media frenzy (boderline zoo) and bizarre participants in this perculiar case. Make sure to watch the follow-up.
Audience Reviews for Aileen Wuornos - The Selling of a Serial Killer
What makes this revealing documentary so disturbing and tragic is that it shows us that Aileen was clearly in need of psychological help instead of an electric chair and was surrounded by a bunch of self-seeking psychopaths who shamelessly exploited her situation for money.
Aileen Wuornos: The Selling of a Serial Killer is a good documentary about Aileen Wuornos, the first female serial killer to be executed. Nick Bloomfield chronicles the case of Wournos, and her conviction of receiving seven death sentences. The film shows how the people around her tried to sell her story and how her case was not properly defended. Of course she was guilty, but what you see on film is how her lawyer was inept in defending Wournos. Bloomfield shows how people who knew Wuornos tried to cash in on her infamy. For what it is, it's a pretty well made documentary on the case and it also shows the cracks as to how the people tried to make money off of her crimes, which is wrong. This is an entertaining film for viewers interested in the case. However to others, they may want to pass it up as this is a hard watch in terms of it subject. Nick Bloomfield crafts a terrific documentary here, one that helps you understand the mind of a killer. The film follows the case clearly, and it is a film that is riveting for what it tries to accomplish. Aileen Wuornos is infamous for her crimes, and this documentary shows us exactly the gravity of what she did. Also, the fact that people tried to make money off her infamy is disgusting and it is yet another prime example of sensationalism for the wrong reasons. Bloomfield direction is very good, the interviews are chilling, and it's a film that tells one part of Wournos' case. Nick Bloomfield would later conclude the Aileen Wuornos story with a follow up film, called Life and Death of a Serial Killer. This part just focuses on her conviction and how the people around her tried to profit from it.
Nice script exploiting the crimes of an allegedly first lady serial killer, and shading light on her impression of this evil world. Even her lawyer and adopted mother are greedy opportunists in her opinion. It's amazing how most people believe this as a reality than a scripted work. (Of course, she's a murderer, but the lawyer and mother's part are somewhat woven out.) Aileen's interview is pushed to the end of the FILM, thereby maintaining the ace in the hole.
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