Green River Killer (film)

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Green River Killer
Ulli Lommel's Green River Killer.jpg
DVD release cover (USA)
Directed by Ulli Lommel
Produced by Nola Roeper
Written by Ulli Lommel
Starring George Kiseleff
Jaquelyn Aurora
Shannon Leade
Naidra Dawn Thomson
Music by Robert J. Walsh
Cinematography Ulli Lommel
Edited by Christian Behm
Heidenheim Films
The Shadow Factory Inc.
Distributed by Lionsgate Home Entertainment
Release date
  • June 13, 2005 (2005-06-13)
Running time
83 minutes
Country United States
Language English

Green River Killer is a 2005 American crime film by Ulli Lommel starring George Kiseleff, Jaquelyn Aurora (as Jacquelyn Horrell), Georgina Donovan, Shannon Leade, Naidra Dawn Thomson, and Shawn G. Smith.[1] It is based upon the crimes of serial killer Gary Ridgway.[2]


Based on the true story of serial murderer Gary Ridgway, the film depicts how he would approach prostitutes in bars, then take them to his homes and brutally kill them. Then he'd throw the corpses into the Green River, which is where the name "Green River Killer" comes from. Soon the investigating police officers are on his track.[3]



The documentary footage is of the real Gary Ridgway confessing to the killings.

The flashback of Ridgway's fictional "mentor," Boris, has a distinctly different look and atmosphere compared with the rest of the movie. That is because the footage was not shot by director Ulli Lommel but by German actor-director "Marian Dora," a pseudonym for the physician who began making gory horror films around the same time Lommel directed Green River Killer. Dora made Cannibal – Aus dem Tagebuch des Kannibalen, for example. Dora, who also worked on Lommel's Zombie Nation, in this flashback directs actor Carsten Frank as he strangles a woman.

Green River Killer was the second in a series of direct-to-DVD titles directed by Lommel and released by Lions Gate Entertainment under its Artisan label. The first was Zodiac Killer (2005). Green River Killer would soon to be followed by BTK Killer (2005) and Killer Pickton (2005). Other direct-to-DVD movies directed by Lommel and featuring serial killers would follow in 2007 and 2008.

Ridgway's home in the movie, which is a residence located in Marina del Rey, California, was also the house inhabited by "Producer McCoon" in Black Dahlia (2006).


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