From the man that brought you Casualties of War, Redacted and The Black Dahlia, comes the next feel-good movie of the year. Brian De Palma has just signed on to direct The Boston Stranglers, a thriller that will follow the Boston killings of the early '60s and their still-controversial resolutions. Says The Hollywood Reporter, "The Strangler case continues to stir debate. Many question whether Albert DeSalvo -- a publicity hound who confessed to the murders and was later stabbed to death while incarcerated on unrelated charges -- was the actual killer." A point which, with the title's obvious "s" after "Strangler," the film is sure to explore. [I smell a Jean-Claude Van Damme Double Impact-style plot twist. - Z]
Now, Brian De Palma's oeuvre does not contain the most lighthearted fare (his nods to Hitchcock are pretty legendary), but enough with the creepy, real-life, disturbing movies, dude. Personally I was shocked to find out that De Palma hadn't been involved with last year's Zodiac. Whatever happened to big fun movies like his Mission: Impossible or Mission to Mars? They may not have been the lightest of summer movies, but at least they didn't have you sleeping with a baseball bat beside your bed and the lights on for two weeks after your trip to the theater. Surely there's another movie out there with "mission" in the title that won't have half the movie-going population looking into firearm procurement and industrial strength Ambien? I'd even go for another legendary rock anthology from the man that brought us Bruce Springsteen: The Complete Video Anthology 1978-2000. Well, there's a foot-wide space open on my DVD-CD shelves, Mr. De Palma, and I hear Fleetwood Mac is free.
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