This article needs additional citations for verification . (May 2018) (Learn how and when to remove this template message)
Theatrical release poster
|Directed by||Gerard Johnson|
|Produced by||Dan McCulloch|
|Written by||Gerard Johnson|
|Starring|| Peter Ferdinando |
|Music by||Matt Johnson|
|Distributed by||Revolver Entertainment|
Tony, also known as Tony: London Serial Killer, is a 2009 British horror film written and directed by Gerard Johnson and starring Peter Ferdinando.
Tony Benson lives alone in a flat on a Dalston council estate tower block. He obsessively collects 1980s violent action movies, and he aimlessly wanders the streets of London most days in unsuccessful attempts to connect with other people. He is extremely socially anxious, has severe mental development problems and has difficulty trying to express himself or communicate naturally. He has been unemployed and living on state benefits for over 20 years.
He is soon revealed to be a serial killer, killing men he encounters by chance, including two drug addicts whom he uncomfortably tries to engage with after inviting them to his home to smoke heroin. The encounter ends with Tony suffocating one of them with a plastic bag while locking the other in a cupboard before letting him go, believing the terrified addict wouldn't go to the police.
The rare visitors Tony does get usually complain of the rotting smell from his house, which he blames on clogged drains. Others he meets at gay bars before bringing them back to his flat and usually end with him rejecting their advances and killing them, similar in fashion to Dennis Nilsen. He also gets dismissed and thrown out of a brothel after visiting a prostitute with only £5, asking the price of a cuddle and failing in his attempt to strike up a conversation with her.
Tony disposes of the bodies of his victims by butchering their torsos and human organs in his kitchen sink before bagging them and dumping them in the River Thames and canals in London. He shares a bed with a rotting corpse, obviously one of his victims, and drags bodies which are stashed around the house out to put on the couch to sit and watch TV with him.
Tony comes under strong suspicion from a violent trigger tempered drunk (played by Ricky Grover) when his son goes missing. Grover bullies Tony with volleys of verbal and physical abuse on every encounter they have, including grabbing, shoving and spitting on him. Grover accuses Tony of being a paedophile and wrongly blames him for his son's disappearance. Tony becomes suspect number one because of his unusual appearance and his withdrawn nature towards other people. A police detective visits to question him on the missing boy's whereabouts and is very confrontational, putting Tony at risk of being discovered.
However, the detective receives a call, interrupting his search of Tony's home just as Tony eyes up a sharp potato peeler and contemplates the dangerous decision to attack and kill him. The boy is soon discovered — disculpating Tony — and delivered home to the applause of the relieved neighbourhood; Tony watches on from his living room window. The film ends with Tony casually walking around London, free to pursue his murderous ways.
The film received generally positive reviews and holds a 76% positive rating, with an average rating of 6.21 (out of 10) on Rotten Tomatoes based on 17 reviews.
In the Cut is a 2003 psychological thriller film written and directed by Jane Campion and starring Meg Ryan, Mark Ruffalo, and Jennifer Jason Leigh. Campion's screenplay is an adaptation of the novel of the same name by Susanna Moore. The film focuses on an English teacher who becomes personally entangled with a detective investigating a series of gruesome murders in her Manhattan neighborhood.
Summer of Sam is a 1999 American crime thriller film about the 1977 David Berkowitz serial murders and their effect on a group of fictional residents of an Italian-American neighborhood in The Bronx in the late 1970s. The killer, David Berkowitz, his murders and the investigation are shown in the film but the focus is on two young men from the neighborhood: Vinny, whose marriage is faltering due to his cheating and Ritchie, Vinny's childhood friend who has embraced punk fashion and music.
Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer is a 1986 American psychological horror crime film directed and co-written by John McNaughton, about the random crime spree of a serial killer who seemingly operates with impunity. It stars Michael Rooker as the nomadic killer Henry, Tom Towles as Otis, a prison buddy with whom Henry is living, and Tracy Arnold as Becky, Otis's sister. The characters of Henry and Otis are loosely based on convicted real life serial killers Henry Lee Lucas and Ottis Toole.
The Minus Man is a 1999 thriller film starring Owen Wilson and Janeane Garofalo. It is based on the novel by Lew McCreary, and directed by Hampton Fancher, who also wrote the screenplay. The film centers on a serial killer whom Fancher describes as "a cross between Psycho's Norman Bates, Melville's Billy Budd and Being There's Chauncey Gardner".
Body Bags is a 1993 American horror comedy anthology television film featuring three unconnected stories, with bookend segments featuring John Carpenter, Tom Arnold and Tobe Hooper as deranged morgue attendees. It was directed by Carpenter, Hooper and Larry Sulkis. It first aired on August 8, 1993. It is notable for its numerous celebrity cameo appearances.
Split Second is a 1992 American-British buddy cop science fiction horror film directed by Tony Maylam and Ian Sharp. Rutger Hauer stars as a burnt-out police detective obsessively hunting down the mysterious serial killer who killed his partner several years prior. The film also features Kim Cattrall, Alastair Neil Duncan, Pete Postlethwaite, Ian Dury, and Alun Armstrong.
Ghost in the Machine is a 1993 American science fiction horror film directed by Rachel Talalay and released by 20th Century Fox about a deceased serial killer with artificial computer intelligence.
Cry Wolf is a 2005 American slasher film directed by Jeff Wadlow, co-written by Wadlow and Beau Bauman, and starring Julian Morris, Jon Bon Jovi, Lindy Booth, Jared Padalecki and Gary Cole. The film follows a group of teenagers at a remote elite boarding school who find themselves in legitimate danger after playing a group parlor game called Cry Wolf, ensuing in rumors of a serial killer when a young woman is found murdered near their campus. The film was released in the United States on September 16, 2005, earning $32.5 million worldwide from a $1 million budget.
Memories of Murder is a 2003 South Korean crime drama film co-written and directed by Bong Joon-ho. It is loosely based on the true story of Korea's first serial murders in history, which took place between 1986 and 1991 in Hwaseong, Gyeonggi Province. Song Kang-ho and Kim Sang-kyung star as Detective Park and Detective Seo, respectively, two of the detectives trying to solve the crimes.
Replicant is a 2001 American science fiction action film directed by Ringo Lam, and starring Jean-Claude Van Damme and Michael Rooker. It is the second collaboration between Van Damme and Hong Kong film director Ringo Lam, and the third time that Van Damme has starred in a dual role. The film had a limited theatrical release in many European countries, and was released on direct-to-DVD in the United States on September 18, 2001.
Jennifer 8 is a 1992 American thriller film written and directed by Bruce Robinson and starring Andy García, Uma Thurman, and John Malkovich.
Mr. Brooks is a 2007 American psychological thriller film directed by Bruce A. Evans starring Kevin Costner, Demi Moore, Dane Cook, and William Hurt. It was released on June 1, 2007. The film follows the eponymous character, a celebrated Portland businessman and serial killer (Costner) who is forced to take on a protégé (Cook) after being blackmailed, and has to contend with his bloodthirsty alter ego (Hurt) who convinces him to indulge his "habit". His life grows even more complicated when a driven police officer (Moore) reopens the investigation into his murders. The film received mixed reviews and grossed $48.1 million against a $20 million budget.
The January Man is a 1989 crime comedy directed by Pat O'Connor from a screenplay by John Patrick Shanley.
The Zodiac is a 2005 American criminal psychological thriller film based on the true events associated with the Zodiac: a serial killer who was active in and around northern California in the 1960s and 1970s. The Zodiac was directed by Alexander Bulkley and co-written with his brother, Kelly Bulkley, and stars Justin Chambers, Robin Tunney, Rory Culkin, Philip Baker Hall, Brad Henke, Marty Lindsey, Rex Linn, and William Mapother.
The First Power is a 1990 American neo-noir horror film written and directed by Robert Resnikoff, and starring Lou Diamond Phillips, Tracy Griffith, Jeff Kober and Mykelti Williamson.
10 to Midnight is a 1983 American crime-horror-thriller film directed by J. Lee Thompson from a screenplay originally written by William Roberts. The film stars Charles Bronson in the lead role with a supporting cast that includes Lisa Eilbacher, Andrew Stevens, Gene Davis, Geoffrey Lewis, and Wilford Brimley. 10 to Midnight was released by City Films, a subsidiary of Cannon Films, to American cinemas on March 11, 1983.
The Lodger is a 2009 mystery/thriller film directed by David Ondaatje and starring Alfred Molina, Hope Davis and Simon Baker. It is based on the 1913 novel The Lodger by Marie Belloc Lowndes, filmed previously by Alfred Hitchcock in 1927, by Maurice Elvey in 1932, by John Brahm in 1944, and as Man in the Attic (1953) directed by Hugo Fregonese.
Blitz is a 2011 British action thriller film directed by Elliott Lester and starring Jason Statham, Paddy Considine, Aidan Gillen, and David Morrissey. The film is based on the novel of the same name by Ken Bruen, which features his recurring characters Detective Sergeant Tom Brant and Chief Inspector James Roberts. The narrative follows a violent police officer trying to catch a serial killer who has been murdering police officers in South East London.
A Fantastic Fear of Everything is a 2012 British horror comedy film starring Simon Pegg, written and directed by Crispian Mills with Chris Hopewell as co-director. It is based on the novella Paranoia in the Launderette by Bruce Robinson, writer and director of Withnail and I. It has been described as a low-budget "semicomedy" about a children's author-turned-crime-novelist who has become obsessed with murder and murdering. It was released on 8 June 2012 in the United Kingdom and Ireland, and received a limited U.S. theatrical release on 7 February 2014. The BBFC classified the film a 15 certificate in the UK, while the MPAA rated the film R in America.
Hangman is a 2017 American crime thriller film directed by Johnny Martin and written by Charles Huttinger and Michael Caissie. The film stars Al Pacino, Karl Urban, Joe Anderson, Sarah Shahi, and Brittany Snow. The film follows a detective who tries to track down a serial killer who bases his murders on Hangman, the children's guessing game. It was released on December 22, 2017, and was panned by critics.