Freeway Killer

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"Based on the true story of William Bonin, California's most notorious serial murderer."
  • R
  • 2010
  • 1 hr 25 min
  • 5.4  (1,259)

Freeway Killer is a 2010 thriller film that follows the true story of William Bonin, also known as the "Freeway Killer," who was a serial killer in California during the 1970s and 1980s. The film is directed by John Murlowski and stars Scott Anthony Leet as William Bonin, Cole Williams as Vernon Butts, and Dusty Sorg as Greg Disney.

The story begins with William Bonin, an ex-marine, working as a truck driver who picks up hitchhikers on the freeway. Bonin uses his job as a cover to kidnap, rape, torture, and murder young boys. He teams up with two other men, Vernon Butts, and Greg Disney, to help him lure young victims into his car. They are able to avoid getting caught for a long time until they make some mistakes, which lead to their eventual capture.

Scott Anthony Leet does a phenomenal job portraying William Bonin as a cold and calculating killer who lacks any sense of empathy or remorse. His chilling performance will leave the audience feeling uncomfortably disturbed as he coldly carries out his heinous acts.

The film also delves into Bonin's backstory, revealing his troubled childhood and previous run-ins with the law. The flashbacks help to provide context for his actions and make the audience feel a sense of pity for him while simultaneously condemning his actions.

Cole Williams and Dusty Sorg are also fantastic as Vernon Butts and Greg Disney, respectively. Both actors play their characters as individuals who are complicit in Bonin's crimes but are not necessarily as sociopathic as he is. They are motivated by greed and their desire for drugs, but they are still aware of the horrific nature of the crimes they are committing.

The film is incredibly dark and can be emotionally draining to watch. The gruesome scenes of violence are peppered throughout the movie, making it hard to sit through at times. However, the film is also educational and provides insight into the mind of a killer. It highlights the need for law enforcement to be vigilant in their investigations and not to underestimate the intelligence of serial killers.

The cinematography in the film is also noteworthy. The use of camera angles and lighting effectively sets the mood for each scene, whether it's a tense interaction between the killers or a quiet moment of reflection for Bonin.

Overall, Freeway Killer is a gripping thriller that stays true to the real-life events surrounding William Bonin. The intense performances from the lead actors and the excellent cinematography make the film an uneasy but still engaging watch. It's not a movie for everyone, but it's a must-see for true crime fans.

Freeway Killer is a 2010 horror movie with a runtime of 1 hour and 25 minutes. It has received moderate reviews from critics and viewers, who have given it an IMDb score of 5.4.

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    5.4  (1,259)