History Film / TheAlphabetKiller

1st Apr '16 3:08:30 PM Naoto_best_waifu
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* TheSponsor: Though it is not drug related, head of Paige's support group Richard Ledge acts in this capacity for her, giving her advice on dealing with the resurgence of her visions and even helping her out when she later gets in trouble with the police.

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* TheSponsor: Though it is not drug related, head of Paige's support group Richard Ledge acts in this capacity for her, giving her advice on dealing with the resurgence of her visions and even helping her out when she later gets in trouble with the police. [[spoiler: He's the killer.]]
24th Oct '15 9:20:44 AM Fireblood
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* AndIMustScream: [[spoiler: Paige after discovering the killer's identity is forced into a mental institution and sedated. It is implied that she remains there for years, unable to do anything as more and more ghosts of dead girls crowd around her.]]

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* AndIMustScream: [[spoiler: Paige Paige, after discovering the killer's identity identity, is forced into a mental institution and sedated. It is implied that she remains there for years, unable to do anything as more and more ghosts of dead girls crowd around her.]]



%%* DownerEnding

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%%* DownerEnding* DownerEnding: [[spoiler: Paige is involuntarily committed to a mental institution as the killer escapes, with her unable to stop him from killing more girls, though she vows she'll find a way.]]
* DrivenToSuicide: Paige, unable to cope with hearing and [[ISeeDeadPeople seeing the dead girl]], attempted suicide by cutting her wrists.
18th May '15 1:47:49 AM erforce
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''The Alphabet Killer'' is a [[SpeculativeFiction horror]] thriller directed by Rob Schmidt (''Film/WrongTurn''), starring Creator/ElizaDushku and Cary Elwes (''{{Saw}}'', ''Film/KissTheGirls''). The film was released in 2008.

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''The Alphabet Killer'' is a [[SpeculativeFiction horror]] thriller directed by Rob Schmidt (''Film/WrongTurn''), starring Creator/ElizaDushku and Cary Elwes (''{{Saw}}'', (''Film/SawI'', ''Film/KissTheGirls''). The film was released in 2008.
29th Dec '14 10:56:26 AM nombretomado
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In the woods near Churchville, New York, the body of a young girl named [[AlliterativeName Carla Castillo]] is discovered. Having been brutally raped and strangled to death, many of the police investigating the case believe her to be the victim of a disorganized killer who struck out in a fit of rage. Detective Megan Paige (ElizaDushku) of the Rochester Police Department, however, has a different idea. Owing to her ability to focus obsessively on all of the minute details of the cases she works, Paige has built up an impressive track record of convictions in the past. And now, it is those small details that tell her this attack was anything but random. The facts that the killer redressed the victim after killing her, that several witnesses saw the girl getting into an unidentified vehicle of her own volition, and the strange "coincidence" that the initials of the girls name (C.C.) are the same as that of the town her body was dumped in all lead the young detective to believe that the crime is the work of a serial killer.

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In the woods near Churchville, New York, the body of a young girl named [[AlliterativeName Carla Castillo]] is discovered. Having been brutally raped and strangled to death, many of the police investigating the case believe her to be the victim of a disorganized killer who struck out in a fit of rage. Detective Megan Paige (ElizaDushku) (Creator/ElizaDushku) of the Rochester Police Department, however, has a different idea. Owing to her ability to focus obsessively on all of the minute details of the cases she works, Paige has built up an impressive track record of convictions in the past. And now, it is those small details that tell her this attack was anything but random. The facts that the killer redressed the victim after killing her, that several witnesses saw the girl getting into an unidentified vehicle of her own volition, and the strange "coincidence" that the initials of the girls name (C.C.) are the same as that of the town her body was dumped in all lead the young detective to believe that the crime is the work of a serial killer.



''The Alphabet Killer'' is a [[SpeculativeFiction horror]] thriller directed by Rob Schmidt (''Film/WrongTurn''), starring ElizaDushku and Cary Elwes (''{{Saw}}'', ''Film/KissTheGirls''). The film was released in 2008.

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''The Alphabet Killer'' is a [[SpeculativeFiction horror]] thriller directed by Rob Schmidt (''Film/WrongTurn''), starring ElizaDushku Creator/ElizaDushku and Cary Elwes (''{{Saw}}'', ''Film/KissTheGirls''). The film was released in 2008.
5th Nov '14 9:48:25 AM Anicomicgeek
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** Carl Lumbly, who plays Paige's therapist Dr. Ellis Parks, did voice work as the villain "Stalker" in ''WesternAnimation/BatmanBeyond''.

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** Carl Lumbly, Creator/CarlLumbly, who plays Paige's therapist Dr. Ellis Parks, did voice work as the villain "Stalker" in ''WesternAnimation/BatmanBeyond''.
31st Oct '14 4:29:51 PM Kingbacon
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[[IronicNurseryTune A-B-C-D-E-F-G-H-I-J-K-L-M-N-O-P-Q-R-S-T-U-V-W-X-Y and Z. Now, I know my ABC's...]]
6th Sep '14 4:34:07 PM TheOneWhoTropes
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''The Alphabet Killer'' is a [[SpeculativeFiction horror]] thriller directed by Rob Schmidt (''Film/WrongTurn''), starring ElizaDushku and Cary Elwes (''{{Saw}}'', ''KissTheGirls''). The film was released in 2008.

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''The Alphabet Killer'' is a [[SpeculativeFiction horror]] thriller directed by Rob Schmidt (''Film/WrongTurn''), starring ElizaDushku and Cary Elwes (''{{Saw}}'', ''KissTheGirls'').''Film/KissTheGirls''). The film was released in 2008.
4th Jun '14 7:48:50 PM Fireblood
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* AlliterativeName - This is how the killer chooses his victims, as well as the area he dumps the bodies.
* AndIMustScream - [[spoiler: Paige after discovering the killer's identity is forced into a mental institution and sedated. It is implied that she remains there for years, unable to do anything as more and more ghosts of dead girls crowd around her.]]
* DefectiveDetective - Detective Paige always knew that she was different from her colleagues in her uncanny obsessive tendencies. She did not know, however, that it would lead to a psychotic break.

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* AlliterativeName - AlliterativeName: This is how the killer chooses his victims, as well as the area he dumps the bodies.
* AndIMustScream - AndIMustScream: [[spoiler: Paige after discovering the killer's identity is forced into a mental institution and sedated. It is implied that she remains there for years, unable to do anything as more and more ghosts of dead girls crowd around her.]]
* DefectiveDetective - DefectiveDetective: Detective Paige always knew that she was different from her colleagues in her uncanny obsessive tendencies. She did not know, however, that it would lead to a psychotic break.



* VeryLooselyBasedOnATrueStory - The plot is based on the real-life events of the Alphabet murders that took place in New York in the 1970s. The screenwriter took great liberties with the details, however, and one of the few similarities left to the actual case was the killer's choice of victims with [[AlliterativeName alliterative names]].

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* VeryLooselyBasedOnATrueStory - VeryLooselyBasedOnATrueStory: The plot is based on the real-life events of the unsolved Alphabet murders that took place in New York in the 1970s. The screenwriter took great liberties with the details, however, and one of the few similarities left to the actual case was the killer's choice of victims with [[AlliterativeName alliterative names]].
31st May '14 7:11:49 AM Morgenthaler
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* ActorAllusion
** The intro laments how the people Detective Paige most wants to talk to are dead. One of Eliza's previous characters, Tru from TruCalling, could indeed talk to the dead. Though admittedly, not for very long...
** Also, during her breakdown at the beginning of the film, [[spoiler: just before she slashes her wrist]], she hears the voice of Carla Castillo talking to her. One of the things she hears Carla say is "Help me", which is what the bodies who talked to Tru would say before her "rewind" power kicked in.
** The director also deliberately made use of this trope to make the audience question who the killer might be by casting male actors who have played killers in other films.
*** Cary Elwes starred as the serial killer Casanova in ''KissTheGirls''.
*** MichaelIronside, who plays Wagner Police Captain [[AlliterativeName Nathan Norcross]], has played villains in numerous roles throughout his long career, including his roles in ''Film/{{Scanners}}'' and ''Film/TotalRecall1990''.
*** Carl Lumbly, who plays Paige's therapist Dr. Ellis Parks, did voice work as the villain "Stalker" in ''WesternAnimation/BatmanBeyond''.
*** Bill Moseley played Otis Driftwood in ''Film/HouseOf1000Corpses'' and ''Film/TheDevilsRejects''.


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* NarrowedItDownToTheGuyIRecognize: [[invoked]] The director deliberately made use of this trope to make the audience question who the killer might be by casting male actors who have played killers in other films.
** Cary Elwes starred as the serial killer Casanova in ''Film/KissTheGirls''.
** MichaelIronside, who plays Wagner Police Captain [[AlliterativeName Nathan Norcross]], has played villains in numerous roles throughout his long career, including his roles in ''Film/{{Scanners}}'' and ''Film/TotalRecall1990''.
** Carl Lumbly, who plays Paige's therapist Dr. Ellis Parks, did voice work as the villain "Stalker" in ''WesternAnimation/BatmanBeyond''.
** Bill Moseley played Otis Driftwood in ''Film/HouseOf1000Corpses'' and ''Film/TheDevilsRejects''.
31st May '14 7:06:57 AM Morgenthaler
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%%* DownerEnding
* ObfuscatingDisability: [[spoiler: Ledge, who fakes being wheelchair-bound to remove any suspicion that he might be the killer.]]
* SerialKillingsSpecificTarget: [[spoiler: According to Ledge, Carla Castillo was supposed to be his one and only victim. When he met Detective Paige, he committed the second and third murders (again, according to him) so that the police would realize that her serial-killer theory was right and give her back her job.]]



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* [[spoiler: DownerEnding]]
* [[spoiler: ObfuscatingDisability: Ledge, who fakes being wheelchair-bound to remove any suspicion that he might be the killer.]]
* [[spoiler: SerialKillingsSpecificTarget: According to Ledge, Carla Castillo was supposed to be his one and only victim. When he met Detective Paige, he committed the second and third murders (again, according to him) so that the police would realize that her serial-killer theory was right and give her back her job.]]
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