Psychopath

  • 1997
  • Movie
  • R
  • Horror, Thriller

Wedding photographer Lennox (Chris Mulkey) has a kinky job-related hobby: He kills his models and arranges their corpses to look like peaceful brides. Bringing this psychopath to justice becomes a holy-grail quest for prosecutor Rachel Dwyer (Madchen Amick), who's convinced Lennox murdered her roommate. Although Rachel and Detective Krasko (Don Jordan) mount...read more

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Wedding photographer Lennox (Chris Mulkey) has a kinky job-related hobby: He kills his models and arranges their corpses to look like peaceful brides. Bringing this psychopath to justice becomes a holy-grail quest for prosecutor Rachel Dwyer (Madchen Amick), who's convinced Lennox murdered her roommate. Although Rachel and Detective Krasko (Don Jordan) mount a compelling circumstantial case against Lennox, the accused gains an unexpected — albeit temporary — ally. Afraid that his mistress Melanie Sims (Tara Stone) will snitch about their affair and the research he plagiarized from her, jury foreman Mr. Carmichael (Bruce Dinsmore) hatches a devious plan: He'll hang the jury and later frame Lennox for his own murder of Melanie. Confronted with implicating not one but two killers, Rachel doesn't know where to start. Hoping to hoodwink Lennox, she and Krasko transport him to one of his crime scenes to retrieve evidence; he repays them by shooting Krasko, fleeing, and nearly slaying his defense attorney. Rachel still has a few tricks up her sleeve, but must she break faith with her own legal ethics in order to punish Lennox and Carmichael? In this genuinely creepy, if decidedly far-fetched, psychological thriller about getting away with murder, the audience's mistrust in our faulty legal system gets an entertaining workout. Although we actively root for Rachel's legal maneuvers, it's impossible not to grudgingly admire Lennox, an ex-law student adept at splitting legal hairs to suit his murderous purposes, and Carmichael, an amateur Dr. Moriarty. Bolstered by an astonishing performance from Mulkey as the power-tripping maniac, this mordant chiller requires active suspension of disbelief but rewards viewers with a plentitude of goosebumps.

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  • Released: 1997
  • Rating: R
  • Review: Wedding photographer Lennox (Chris Mulkey) has a kinky job-related hobby: He kills his models and arranges their corpses to look like peaceful brides. Bringing this psychopath to justice becomes a holy-grail quest for prosecutor Rachel Dwyer (Madchen Amick… (more)

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