The Alphabet Killer

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Movie Info

Former cop Megan Price (Eliza Dushku) investigates a murder similar to one that drove her crazy.

Cast & Crew

Eliza Dushku
Megan Paige
Cary Elwes
Capt. Kenneth Shine
Timothy Hutton
Richard Ledge
Tom Malloy
Stephen Harper
Michael Ironside
Captain Nathan Norcross
Bill Moseley
Carl Tanner
Sarah Anderson
Elizabeth Eckers
Tom Malloy
Writer
Brandon Baker
Executive Producer
Eric Bauman
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Mark Andrew Clark
Executive Producer
Izak Filiba
Executive Producer
Eric Perlmutter
Original Music
Joe DeSalvo
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Tom Malloy
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Critic Reviews for The Alphabet Killer

All Critics (8) | Top Critics (3) | Fresh (1) | Rotten (7)

  • [Eliza Dushku's] commitment to the material is worthier than the cheesy ghost effects of decomposing children that the filmmakers felt the need to add.

    December 10, 2008 | Rating: 3/6
  • It's too bad there was no way around the story's inherent deficit since this effectively unsettling film, directed by Rob Schmidt, chugs along quite well for a while.

    November 14, 2008 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
  • The Alphabet Killer may well make enough money to justify a Part II.

    November 13, 2008 | Full Review…
  • Chega a impressionar que, em meio a tantos elementos desastrosos, a atuação de Eliza Dushku (que também co-produziu o longa) seja inegavelmente a pior coisa do filme.

    April 10, 2009 | Rating: 1/5
  • The Alphabet Killer suffers from the same symptoms as Passengers: both have an unintentionally feeble-minded character who lazily investigates a mystery while the plot itself seems dull and poorly developed.

    January 31, 2009 | Rating: 4.5/10 | Full Review…
  • Although Schmidt and Malloy have devoted meticulous attention to Megan's manhunt, which is engrossing and briskly paced for the better part of 85 minutes, their final act seems less like a canny trick than a copout.

    January 13, 2009 | Rating: 2/4

Audience Reviews for The Alphabet Killer

  • Aug 13, 2013
    The Alphabet Killer was a dull, boring and totally unimpressive psychological horror film based on real facts. The film fails to be interesting and the performances are poorly delivered. I felt bored most of the time watching this, and considering that this is based on real facts, I expected something much better than this. The movie was not worth seeing, and it could have been made much better. This is the type of film that had the potential of being much better, but the filmmakers rely on a poorly written script that just fizzles out towards the middle, and the film ends on a bad note. This is a film that definitely needed to be much better because of the fact that it's based on real events. The tension on-screen, and ultimately horror is not quite there, and it just ends up being a waste of time. The Alphabet Killer could have been a much better film, but the filmmakers have crafted a dud that will surely displease genre fans. I really wanted to enjoy this film, but it was just an awful mess that failed to be entertaining. If you're looking for an effective horror film, you won't find it here. This is a bland affair with a poor storyline and no redeeming qualities. If the film would have been rewritten a few times, then the film would have been much better and not the pointless mess that it turned out to be. The Alphabet Killer is not worth your time. Watch something else instead; you'll be glad you did.
    Alex r Super Reviewer
  • Sep 25, 2011
    This felt like a made for tv movie. It lacked anything interesting including good performances.
    Sarah P Super Reviewer
  • Sep 09, 2011
    Predictable and boring, this movie was stuck somewhere between a horror film and a crime thriller. Even though it may have been loosely based around true life events, as always I think Schmidt's poetic authority as director fabricated the more silly elements of what could have been a really good story. I knew who the killer was the second time I saw him and without the risk of spoiling a plot that a toddler could unravel, the attempts made at hiding the killer are mediocre. Disappointing.
    Unknown H Super Reviewer
  • Jul 31, 2011
    Megan Paige: Mostly the job is to ask questions. The frustrating part, the part that drives you crazy, is that the people you really want to talk to are dead.  This is how bad this movie is. No when I'm about to go to the bathroom I say, "I'm going to go take an Alphabet Killer." This movie is horrible. I couldn't believe some of the stuff I was watching. I've seen some really bad serial killer movies, but this is probably the worst. It takes itself seriously and shows these horrible hallucinations of ghosts that is so cheap and bad looking. The lead character is horribly written and isn't believable at all.  The lead character is Megan Paige played by Eliza Dushku. She gives a horrible, horrible performance and is laughable in everything she does. Everything from how she stares at the pictures of the crimes, cries, talks and tries to get the audience to take her seriously. She's a pretty horrible casting decision. Now I know this is a direct to DVD movie and it isn't going to be great, but come on. If you can't even make a movie that can't even just be considered bad; don't make a movie. The movie is deplorable and should not be viewed by anyone. It's one of the very few movies I've seen that I see as a complete waste of my time. Most movies, be it good or bad, I can take something that I liked away from it. This movie has nothing good about it. There's nothing you can take away from it, except for how bad it is. If you want to watch a movie that will completely stun you, watch this. It's stunningly bad. Synonymous with Shit.
    Melvin W Super Reviewer

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