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REVIEW: ‘No Man of God’

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Over the last couple of years there have been plenty of films centered on infamous serial killer Ted Bundy, but the latest take on the madman from director Amber Sealey and RLJE Films is quite different.

In ‘No Man of God’, Ted Bundy (Luke Kirby) and Bill Hagmaier (Elijah Wood), an FBI profiler who consistently visits Bundy on death row during the late 1980s, engage in extensive discussions that show the multiple layers of the psyche of Bundy as he fearfully approaches his fate.

Void of any of the death scenes or re-enactments of the life that Bundy led, the film focuses squarely on Hagmaier experience, and the direct interactions with Bundy, who was played wonderfully by Kirby.

A true deviation from the path that was taken in the Zac Efron starring ‘Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile‘ and the acclaimed docu-series ‘Bundy Tapes’ that arrived on Netflix back in 2019.

The film was based on Hagmaier’s recordings and recollections of Bundy, and while it may lack the shock scenes that many may expect from a movie that is centrally focused on a brutal serial killer, it locks you in with a cerebral approach to exploring the mind of a cold-blooded killer.

Kirby’s portrayal of Bundy shows an extreme narcissism and a over-blown arrogance that is buoyed by Bundy’s hollow attempts at coming across sincere, and the projecting of the image that he is some sort of criminal mastermind.

The movie is all about tone and tension, with the apex closing in as Bundy gets closer to closer to his execution day. Things really start boiling over when Bundy’s head is shaved in preparation of his trip to the electric chair, and it continues to a satisfying end to a unique, yet solid movie that stands alone from other Bundy films.

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A solid departure of what one would expect from the Bundy films that have been released in recent years. The approach, performances, and attention grip the viewer and deliver a truly unique cerebral experience throughout.
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Anthony DiMoro is the leader writer and founder of 'Fright Nerd'. DiMoro has written for popular websites such as Forbes and The Huffington Post. DiMoro cites Friday the 13th, A Nightmare On Elm Street and Halloween among his favorite horror movies of all time.

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Netlfix Drops Trailer for ‘No One Gets Out Alive’

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Just in time for Halloween season, Netflix will be dropping it’s brand new horror ‘ No One Gets Out Alive’, which is the adaptation of Adam Nevill’s novel, and a new trailer has dropped to show fans what is in store.

According to the official rundown: An immigrant (Cristina Rodlo) in search of the American dream is forced to take a room in a boarding house, where she finds herself in a nightmare she can’t escape.”

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Warner Bros. Drops Teaser for ‘The Matrix Resurrections’

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Warner Bros. gave fans something to smile about when they dropped a short teaser trailer for the upcoming film ‘The Matrix Resurrections’ which is set to unveil a brand new trailer for the fourth film in the iconic film franchise on September 9th.

Thanks to EW, there is also a new image from the movie, showing Keanu Reeves ready to fight. According to numerous reports, the plot centers on Neo who is in therapy and does not remember The Matrix. Neo eventually runs into Trinity at a coffee shop.

The movie is set to arrive on December 22nd, and will likely be available in theaters as well as on HBO Max.

 

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Behind the Scene of ‘The Forever Purge’

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A brand new, behind the scenes, featurette of ‘The Forever Purge’ was shared by Bloody Disgusting this week and with it comes a look at the creation of several of the iconic masks and characters, among other details.

The release comes ahead of ‘The Forever Purge’ arriving on Digital HD on September 14th, and then to Blu-ray and 4K Ultra HD on September 28th. Other special features that fans can expect include:

  • Collapsing the System: Behind The Forever Purge featurette
  • Creeptastic Wardrobe featurette
  • Alternate opening storyboards
  • Deleted scenes

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