Thursday, February 10, 2011

Poor Bastards of Cinema: The Zodiac Killer (1971)

This little 'gem' is notable for a couple reasons.  For one, it was made to creepily-exploit the actual murders done in San Francisco.  Mostly though, it's an excuse for random killing.

In fact, we literally get our first Poor Bastard of Cinema before the credits start.  In broad daylight, a woman is stabbed to death!  Her blood drips onto the sidewalk, leading to the title card/picture.  It has no point, by the way.
The second comes literally two minutes later.  A man is sitting in his car reading a book with an ironic title...
Hey look- he's got a guest.  I wonder what's going to happen?
Good job- you're dead.  Way to have no peripheral vision!
Next up, a film about a giant reptile.  Somehow, this involves a kid dying in a dramatic way and nobody seeming to care.  Stay tuned...

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