The Zodiac

The Zodiac

Director: Alexander Bulkley Cast: Justin Chambers, Robin Tunney, Rory Culkin

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A determined California detective attempts to crack one of the most mysterious cases in modern crime as the tale of the fearsome Zodiac Killer comes to the screen in director Alexander Bulkley's cinematic account of the crimes that rocked San Francisco's Bay Area from December 1968 to October of the following year. As the citizens of the small California town of Vallejo prepare for their holiday celebrations, the discovery that two teens have been viciously gunned down at a remote lover's lane leaves the citizens of a once tight-knit community fearing for their lives. In the months that follow the brutal crimes, Vallejo police inspector Matt Parish devotes his entire existence to revealing the identity of the elusive killer and ensuring that no more innocent lives are taken. With pressure from both his superiors and the local press mounting, lack of sufficient evidence and increased tensions at home lead Inspector Parish down a series of frustrating dead-end roads. When the killer strikes yet again, this time shooting a young couple in a darkened parking lot, investigators are shocked to receive a phone call from a man confessing to the crime. A letter sent to the local newspapers by the confessed killer states that if it is not published, a dozen more people will die in the coming weekend. Even more curiously, the letter contains a mysterious code that, if deciphered correctly, will supposedly reveal the true identity of the man behind these shocking crimes. Though a suspect is questioned following yet another killing, this time in broad daylight, the frustrated police department fails to make an arrest as the elusive killer continues to taunt both the police and the media with a series of menacing letters.

Product Details

Release Date: 08/29/2006
UPC: 0821575548151
Original Release: 2005
Rating: R
Source: Velocity / Thinkfilm
Presentation: [Wide Screen]
Sound: [Dolby Digital Stereo, Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround]
Time: 1:36:00

Special Features

Closed Caption; Behind The Zodiac featurette; Director & writer commentary featuring Alexander Bulkley and Kelly Bulkley; The Zodiac letters: actual letters written by the Zodiac killer; Chronology of the Zodiac killings; Trailer Gallery; 5.1 Dolby Digital surround; 16x9 anamorphic full frame; Spanish subtitles; Closed captioned

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Justin Chambers Matt Parish
Robin Tunney Laura Parish
Rory Culkin Johnny Parish
Philip Baker Hall Chief Frank Perkins
William Mapother Dale Coverling
Rex Linn Jim Martinez
Brad Henke Bill Gregory
Marty Lindsey Zodiac,Bartender
Brian Bloom Zodiac
Shelby Alexis Irey Bobbie
Natassia Costa Mary Boucher
Kris Palm Michael Newman
Nate Dushku Scott Washington
Katelin Chesna Patsy
Kathryn Howell Mrs. Boucher
Luis Sagua Sammy Karzoso
Ian Scott McGregor Paul Carmichael
Jodi Feder Gina Chambers
Molly Mulholland Waitress
Logan Fahey Friend #1
Joe Stricker Friend #2
D.C. Meyer Ambulance Driver
Jessica Rofe Nurse
George Maguire Morgue Technician
Jarion Monroe Doctor
Nick Scoggin Gray
Paul Ghiringhelli Victor Ramierz
A. Donald Cross Elderly Man
Peter Van Shaik Pete Morgan
David Tenebaum S.F. Police Officer
Gilchrist Macquarrie Teenage Boy

Technical Credits
Alexander Bulkley Director,Screenwriter
Kelly Bulkley Screenwriter
Corey Campodonico Producer
Sig De Miguel Casting
Amy Driscoll Musical Direction/Supervision
Amanda Mackey-Johnson Casting
Denis Maloney Cinematographer
Jonathan Miller Sound/Sound Designer
Jack Morocco Special Effects Supervisor
John O'Rourke Asst. Director
Stephanie Portnoy Costumes/Costume Designer
Cathy Sandrich Casting
Thomas F. Sindicich Special Effects Supervisor
Sonic Magic Studios Sound Mixer
Michael Suby Score Composer
Jack G. Taylor Production Designer
Greg Tillman Editor
Wendy Weidman Casting

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Zodiac
1. Opening Sequence [7:15]
2. What Happened? [4:51]
3. Gruesome Murder [6:26]
4. Catch This Guy [6:47]
5. Fourth of July [4:59]
6. Phone Call [8:27]
7. Dear Editor [5:42]
8. No Comment [8:32]
9. Happy Birthday [6:22]
10. Gray's Service [6:39]
11. No Reason to Hide [6:31]
12. Cracked Code [4:34]
13. Positive ID [6:30]
14. Here We Are [5:04]
15. Now in Control [2:40]
16. End Credits [5:05]

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The Zodiac 3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
While ZODIAC is in the theaters and people want a sneak preview of what to expect from that film with Jake Gyllenhaal, this little version called THE ZODIAC is available and has some merit. The search for the still unknown serial killer of the late 1960s in the bay area is a creepy enough story that it is difficult to imagine a telling of it would not make us shiver. This film directed by Alexander Bulkley and written with the director's brother Kelley Bulkeley (sic) keeps a fairly low key and while it does manage to depict some of the slayings, much of this version on the Zodiac killer is focused on the personalities of those desperately seeking the perpetrator. Justin Chambers portrays Inspector Matt Parish who becomes obsessed with the search to the point of excessive drinking and neglecting his family the manner in which Bulkley depicts him seems more focused on Parish's chain smoking than anything else, an example of using the cigarette as a constant prop when there is no apparent reason for pushing the habit into the public's eye. Parish's frightened wife is ably portrayed by Robin Tunney, and his son who is obsessed with the multiple fascinating aspects of the Zodiac mentality is well handled by Rory Culkin. Some fine actors flesh out the cast - William Mapother, Philip Baker Hall - but they are given little material to use. The production values (night atmosphere especially) are strong for an Indie and the film does convey a creepiness that lingers. If only the writers would have shared some insights into the characters on screen the film would have been far stronger. But for another look at Zodiac, until the real one comes out on DVD, this little film is a good teaser. Grady Harp