Friday, March 02, 2007



I don't get out to the movies very often, (last year I saw only Little Miss Sunshine and Casino Royale in a theater), but I 'm going to try to get out to see Zodiac. Growing up in California, I remember when the Zodiac killer first came to light in 1969, and the real terror he caused. Because he was never caught, and would go underground and then re-surface, his impact lasted for years.

I can also remember the very real terror that gripped Southern California over the Tate-LaBianca killings by the Manson Family and, more recently, the Night Stalker. When the Stalker was on his spree, I had just moved to Manhattan Beach and was attending law school. Southern California was in the grips of a heat wave, but no one dared sleep with their windows open. He was caught about a block from where one of my classmates lived near downtown LA.

The movie is getting great reviews, but then how can you go wrong with Jake Gyllenhaal and Robert Downey, Jr.? I like a good scary movie, but it is even more terrifying when the evil depicted is real . . .

5 Comments:

Blogger M-M-M-Mishy said...

I couldn't imagine the fear that the area must have experienced during that time. There aren't many serial killings that go on where I live.

I can't wait to see this movie. Jake Gyllenhaal and Robert Downey Jr are a recipe for hotness.

12:33 PM  
Blogger Ffleur said...

I had only seen the Zodiac murder via an Arts & Entertainment crime show. Did he only kill in 1969?

If so, wouldn't he probably be dead by now?

Most serial killers can't stop. Well, as I say that, I realize the BSK killer did stop for many years before finally his ego forced him to get caught.

10:46 PM  
Blogger Ryan said...

Diane - I can't wait to go see this movie. Hopefully I get it done this weekend.

12:24 AM  
Blogger Diane said...

mishy - you're not missing anything by living in an area the nutcases don't flock to!

ffleur - think he is believed to be dead, but although he started killing in 1969, he would periodically re-surface - I think into the early '80s

ryan - I'm going to try to go too!

8:24 AM  
Blogger LA said...

The Night Stalker era (summer 1985) were very bad times, indeed. I had just graduated college and living back at home that summer (which was brutal enough). Luckily, we had air conditioning, and for the first time ever, we locked the house up tight at night and slept with the A/C on, missing out on those glorious California ocean breezes wafting in that we otherwise enjoyed each night.

I'm going to skip Zodiac, mostly because I won't sleep for a year if I see it. I should note that Robert Downey, Jr., looks fantastic.

Ffleur - Yes, the Zodiac is believed to be dead.

11:26 AM  

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