The Horror Section – Zodiac

Sure, it’s not so much classified in horror, but I’ll post Kingpin here if I see fit dammit.

Zodiac is about the killer of the same name who’s murders took place in different parts of California during the late 60’s and early 70’s. He terrorized the citizens, and taunted the men & women hired & elected to catch him. He sent letters to newspapers & police stations, confessing to his frequent murders, and offering clues in detailed, cryptic messages. It was similar to that of a notorious killer abroad, Jack The Ripper. Even more so that neither were caught.

The film’s main protagonist is Robert Graysmith, a cartoonist for the San Fransisco Chronicle who’s interest in puzzles is what initially attracts him to the Zodiac killings. Robert is a representation of the audience, as we, just like him, find out what’s going on as things happen, and are discovered. Neither we the audience know more than Robert, and vice versa. Over the years, the Zodiac becomes an obsession for Robert, turning the cases that time has forgotten into a life’s work.

He’s got a great supporting cast in Robert Downey JR as the embodiment of 60’s/70’s journalism, Paul Avery, and lead investigator, San Fransisco Homicide Detective Dave Toschi. The Zodiac tale is open ended, so we go along through life with all these characters, finding out what happens to them as life continues.

There’s not a lot of blood, but what it doesn’t show it makes up for in suspense, along with some moments that are downright creepy. The knowledge that his all happened as portrayed gives this film an advantage over most suspense/thriller/horror films, as the 2 and a half hours fly by.  Michael Meyers. Jason Voorhees.  They aren’t really out there. But the Zodiac?

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~ by Caliber Winfield on October 17, 2012.

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