The Alphabet Killer (2008)

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  • IMDb page: The Alphabet Killer (2008)
  • Rate: 5.3/10 total 4,518 votes 
  • Genre: Crime | Drama | Thriller
  • Release Date: 10 December 2009 (Kuwait)
  • Runtime: 98 min
  • Filming Location: Ridgewood, Queens, New York City, New York, USA
  • Gross: $29,784(USA)(14 December 2008)
  • Director: Rob Schmidt
  • Stars: Eliza Dushku, Cary Elwes and Timothy Hutton
  • Original Music By: Eric Perlmutter   
  • Soundtrack: Skeleton (She's So Cool)
  • Plot Keyword: Murder | Obsession | Female Nudity | Child In Peril | Female Cop

Writing Credits By:

  • Tom Malloy (written by)

Known Trivia

  • Based on the true story of the double initial killings in Rochester, NY.
  • While filming portions of the movie in Spencerport, New York, a box truck from the production company pulled down two electrical poles with transformers attached to them. Subsequently, a car was set on fire but was not able to be put out with water until the electricity was turned off. 11 residents were displaced from their homes and offered hotel accommodation by the production company.

Goofs: Errors in geography: After speaking with the Webster Police Department the officers are going to their car in a parking garage. There is no parking garage in the village of Webster.

Plot: Based on the true story of the double initial killings in Rochester, NY. Full summary »  »

Story: In Rochester, a pre-teen girl is abducted, raped, and murdered. Detective Megan Paige investigates: she works long hours obsessively, and soon she's seeing visions of the dead girl. The FBI profiles the killer as a spontaneous drifter, lucky not to get caught; Megan thinks he's local and a methodical planner. She notes that the victim's first and last names and the place the body was left start with "C." When a second murder follows the same pattern, Megan is vindicated, but her obsessions get the best of her, and her mental state impedes her work. With the help of medication, therapy, and a friend, can she regain her equilibrium and catch the alphabet killer?Written by <>  

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Produced By:

  • Brandon Baker known as executive producer
  • Mark Andrew Clark known as executive producer (as Mark Clark)
  • Eliza Dushku known as associate producer
  • Izak Filiba known as executive producer
  • Lusi Filiba known as executive producer
  • Ron Gell known as executive producer
  • Nesim Hason known as executive producer
  • Sezin Hason known as executive producer
  • Ashley Holloway known as associate producer
  • Tom Malloy known as producer
  • Greg Polisseni known as executive producer
  • Isen Robbins known as producer
  • Aimee Schoof known as producer
  • Daniel Sollinger known as line producer
  • Russell Terlecki known as producer (as Russ Terlecki)
  • Straw Weisman known as associate producer

FullCast & Crew:

  • Eliza Dushku known as Megan Paige
  • Cary Elwes known as Kenneth Shine
  • Timothy Hutton known as Richard Ledge
  • Tom Malloy known as Officer Steven Harper
  • Michael Ironside known as Captain Nathan Norcross
  • Bill Moseley known as Carl Tanner
  • Carl Lumbly known as Dr. Ellis Parks
  • Brian Scannell known as Jay Castillo
  • Larry Hankin known as Perry
  • Jack McGee known as Hank
  • Melissa Leo known as Kathy Walsh
  • Andrew Fiscella known as Len Schafer
  • Rocco Sisto known as Father McQuarrie
  • Tom Noonan known as Ray Gullikson
  • Frank Rossi known as Francis Baker
  • Meltem Cumbul known as Elisa Castillo
  • Kristina Jewell known as Wendy Walsh
  • Sarah Anderson known as Elizabeth Eckers
  • Shawn Michael known as Anthony Peters
  • Bailey Garno known as Carla Castillo
  • Peter Mancarella known as Jared
  • Martin Donovan known as Jim Walsh
  • Russell Terlecki known as Officer Ted
  • Cholanda Roberts known as Anchor
  • Cynthia Mace known as Rita Schaefer
  • Aaron Chaney known as Will
  • Manny Siverio known as Alex
  • Hedy Williams known as Detective #1
  • Pamela Sherman known as Homemaker
  • Eric Cubitt known as Husband
  • Eva Mancarella known as Melissa Maestro
  • Rob Schmidt known as Officer
  • Arthur Brown known as Officer #1
  • Tamara Farias known as Olga Maestro (as Tamara Kraus)
  • Wendy Mancerella known as Real Estate Agent
  • Nate Dushku known as Tim
  • Renata Batista known as Waitress
  • Liz Cameron known as Wife (as Elizabeth Cameron)
  • Randy Carter known as Detective #2
  • Joseph Giorgione known as Medic John
  • John Williams known as Medic #1
  • Alan DeCarlo known as Medic #2
  • Michael Beinetti known as Medic #3
  • Glenn Argenti known as SWAT Team #1 (uncredited)
  • Michael Ciesla known as Nurse (uncredited)
  • Tony Delgrosso known as Webster Police Officer (uncredited)
  • Farris Ellington known as Ghost Girl (uncredited)
  • John A. Locke known as Detective (uncredited)
  • Laura McDavid known as Police Officer (voice) (uncredited)
  • Claire Simpson known as Ghost Girl (uncredited)
  • Jason Torres known as Detective (uncredited)

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  • Jason Collins known as special makeup effects designer: Autonomous F/X, Inc.
  • Kerry Herta known as hair designer
  • Kerry Herta known as makeup department head
  • Elvis Jones known as special makeup effects artist: Autonomous FX Inc.
  • Michelle Kearns known as assistant hair stylist
  • Michelle Kearns known as assistant makeup artist
  • David Presto known as special makeup effects artist
  • Virginia Re known as makeup artist
  • Darnell Shepherd known as hair piece designer: Autonomous FX, Inc.

Art Department:

  • Kenneth H. Finn known as property master (as Ken Finn)
  • Steven Glazman known as storyboard artist
  • Joel Hager known as art department production assistant
  • April Hodick known as property master
  • Richard Peete known as props
  • Elvis Restaino known as property master
  • Emilie Ritzmann known as art department production assistant
  • Rob Yapkowitz known as on-set dresser


Production Companies:

  • New Films International (presents)
  • Intrinsic Value Films
  • WideyeCreative Films (as Wideye Films)

Other Companies:

  • Digital Cinema  sound re-recording
  • NPI Production Services  payroll service
  • Rockbottom Rentals  junxion box rentals
  • Rockbottom Rentals  nextel cell phone rentals
  • Rockbottom Rentals  walkie rentals
  • Wow & Flutter  ADR recording


  • New Films International (2008) (non-USA) (all media)
  • Visual Filmes (2008) (Brazil) (theatrical) (DVD)
  • Anchor Bay Entertainment (2009) (USA) (DVD)
  • Anchor Bay Entertainment (2009) (USA) (DVD) (Blu-ray)
  • Be Best in DVD (BBI-DVD) (2009) (Netherlands) (DVD)
  • Be Best in DVD (BBI-DVD) (2009) (Netherlands) (DVD) (Blu-ray)
  • CInema Hotel Corporation (CHC) (2008) (Russia) (all media)
  • CatchPlay (2009) (Taiwan) (DVD)
  • Falcon Films (2009) (Lebanon) (all media) (Middle East)
  • Gativideo (2009) (Argentina) (DVD)
  • One Movie (2007) (Italy) (all media)
  • Sunfilm Entertainment (2009) (Germany) (DVD)

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Special Effects:

  • Autonomous FX (special effects)
  • Metropolis Film Labs (visual effects)
  • Moltenlava (visual effects)

Visual Effects by:

  • Megan A. Ballantyne known as rotoscoping and compositing artist
  • Jennifer Basnyat known as visual effects
  • Erik Boccio known as visual effects assistant (2008)
  • Brant Chapman known as matchmove and compositing (as Dr. Brant Chapman)
  • Billy Gabor known as digital intermediate colorist
  • Andrew Gelman known as rotoscoping and compositing artist
  • Joe Saia known as rotoscoping and compositing artist
  • Francis Scrubjay Schmidt known as visual effects supervisor (as Francis Schmidt)
  • Rajiv J. Shah known as rotoscoping and compositing artist
  • Adam Toht known as visual effects consultant

Release Date:

  • Germany 7 February 2008 (European Film Market)
  • USA 18 October 2008 (Screamfest Film Festival)
  • USA 24 October 2008 (International Horror & Sci-Fi Film Festival)
  • Italy 28 October 2008 (Ravenna Nightmare Film Festival)
  • Spain 31 October 2008 (San Sebastián Horror and Fantasy Film Festival)
  • USA 6 November 2008 (Rochester, New York)
  • USA 7 November 2008 (limited)
  • USA 6 January 2009 (DVD premiere)
  • Germany 8 May 2009 (DVD premiere)
  • Argentina 15 July 2009 (DVD premiere)
  • Netherlands 13 October 2009 (DVD premiere)
  • Italy 28 October 2009 (DVD premiere)
  • Kuwait 10 December 2009
  • Australia 14 July 2010 (TV premiere)

MPAA: Rated R for language and some violence


Filmography links and data courtesy of The Internet Movie Database

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