Scaretober-Movie Review: Zodiac


For the month of October I’ve dubbed it Scaretober in which I will be blogging every day in October. No, it’s not just random blogs in October but specifically scary movies movies. I’m definitely not one of those girls that enjoys scary movies by any means in fact this is a HUGE challenge for me since I’m such a wimp when it comes down to it. Some of the movies reviewed will be super scary and others will just be 90’s cheesy scary compared to today’s standards. There will be a few days during this month that I will be putting up more than one posts, because sometimes you can’t hold any awesome back when it comes to the blog.

Today’s movie is Zodiac


The movie Zodiac is told through a series of events that happen that are suppose to be based on a true story. The movie begins in Vallejo, California in 1969 when a girl picks up her boyfriend and they go for a drive to makeout point. They are sitting there for a few minutes when a car drives up stops for a few minutes to watch them and then drives off only to turn around and come back. A guy gets out of the car and shoots them before driving off into the night. Later that night an anonymous tip comes into the police station from the killer saying that there are dead bodies at makeout point and also admitting that he killed a group of people at the lake last year.

Flash forward to a month later in San Francisco Robert Graysmith, Jake Gyllenhaal, has just gotten a job at the San Francisco Chronicle. It is on this day that the newspaper receives the first letter and cypher from the Zodiac killer. Two other papers in the area have also received similar letters and cyphers. Paul Avery, Robert Downey Jr., is the crime reporter for the newspaper and begins to research the story. Robert predicts that the killer won’t leave his name in the cypher but merely give clues and threats. Two months later another couple encounters the Zodiac this time in Napa, the boy lives and becomes the only surviving victim of the Zodiac.  A few weeks later a cab driver is shot in San Francisco and the crime is reported in progress. The police answer the call but don’t catch the killer because the description that is sent out is wrong. A few days later Paul receives a piece of the cab drivers shirt in a letter from the Zodiac. The letters are sent to a handwriting analyzer to help aid the police in their investigation. Robert becomes so obsessed with the case he begins to find that it is the only thing that he can think of and constantly bugs Paul for leads and sources. Paul confides in Robert that the Zodiac might not have killed all the people that he claims to have killed and shows him the newspaper articles and the magazine watch ad. Paul receives an anonymous tip that tells him that the Zodiac’s first kill was actually in 1966 in Riverside, he goes to research it and finds that someone has been trying to contact the police for nearly a year about the Zodiac’s identity. The police led by head detective Dave Toschi, Mark Ruffalo, follow all the leads which bring them to a suspect Leigh Allen who they can not arrest because there is not enough evidence. Over 4 years go by and Robert is still obsessed with solving the Zodiac murders that he begins his own research to write a book on the case. Robert comes to the same conclusion the police did and publishes that answer in his book since the police can no longer arrest the Zodiac killer. Nearly 7.5 years later Robert’s book is published and the police are finally talking to the only surviving victim of the Zodiac killer and he identifies Leigh Allen as the Zodiac. In the credits, it says that Leigh Allen suffers a massive heart attack before he can talk to the police on the matter and that the cases are still unsolved.

I would consider this movie a bit more of suspenseful movie. The amazing cast of Jake Gyllenhaal, Mark Ruffalo, and Robert Downey Jr. among others is well done. I did not have nightmares after watching this movie and I am sure that there are a few cases and scenes that could have been cute from the movie to make it move a bit faster, but all in all it was a good movie and definitely worth being in Sacretober. I will see you again tomorrow with another Scaretober selection.

I apologize for not posting the past few days life has gotten in the way, but I am still keeping up with the challenge and some days will have 2 scary movie posts to make up for the days I missed 🙂


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