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Awakening the Zodiac (2017)

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Over 40 years since the infamous Zodiac killer terrorised inhabitants of San Francisco and surrounds, three people stumble across homemade films of some of his murders. They then set out to track him down.

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Jonathan Wright
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Cast

Cast overview:
Shane West ... Mick Branson
Leslie Bibb ... Zoe Branson
Matt Craven ... Harvey
Nicholas Campbell ... Ray
Kenneth Welsh ... Ben
Stephen McHattie ... Zodiac
John Bregar ... Adam
Eva Link ... Lula
Jennie Esnard ... Tina
Douglas Kidd ... Officer
Sandra Wilson Sandra Wilson ... Front Desk Woman
Jason Hook ... S.A. Grinstahl
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Storyline

The story follows a down-on-their-luck couple who discovers a serial killer's film reels. They decide to take the law into their own hands, risking everything for the chance at a $100,000 reward. It isn't long until they find themselves in the killer's lethal cross-hairs.

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The deadliest serial killer in U.S. history ... is back.


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Rated R for violence and language | See all certifications »
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Country:

Canada

Language:

English

Release Date:

9 June 2017 (USA) See more »

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Filming Locations:

Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The Zodiac killer's executioner-style hooded costume is based on real-life Zodiac survivor Bryan Hartnell's description of the killer. See more »

Goofs

Early on in the film, Zoe is seen using a smartphone. Later in the library scene, she is seen using a flip phone. See more »

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lots of questions
3 January 2019 | by SnoopyStyleSee all my reviews

Zoe (Leslie Bibb) is frustrated that her husband Mick Branson (Shane West) spent three months of rent on a storage locker. Harvey (Matt Craven) finds old films. It's the Zodiac killing from almost fifty years ago. There is a $100k police reward. Harvey convinces Mick to solve the case for a 50-50 split.

Horrors often run into silly mistakes. Why don't they call the cops? Why are they running into the haunted house? Why are walking willingly into the dark basement? The reward allows the Bransons to put off calling the cops, but only for so long. Once they get the cipher key, they don't need to solve all of it. It's enough to go to the cops. There are lots of questionable moves by this couple. After the first body, I'm pretty sure I'm calling 911. I guess he needs two to be certain. Shouldn't they get the reward at the end? Why aren't they going to the hospital? There are tons of logic questions which nags at me every minute of this movie. I do like the indie horror style and the performances. I like the actors. The story needs a few more rewrites and a general rethinking. The idea has good potential.


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