Saturday, February 24, 2024

Memories of a Murderer: The Nilsen Tapes (2021)


This is the story of serial killer Dennis Nilsen who confused the hell out of the cops when he openly confessed his crimes and the proceeded to tell them there were even more bodies across England.

For most of the films running time this is a chilling and gripping tale. It’s a story I had never run across and as such I was completely captivated as I heard Nilsen recount the story of his crimes. I was also shocked at how his nonchalant attitude resulted in the police never really being certain how many people he killed. He’s so icy that had a drain not clogged he may never have been  caught.

If there is a problem it’s in the final 20 minutes. Somewhere toward the end the film runs out of steam as the film shifts awkwardly from Nilsen to his almost victims. It’s not that the material is bad but rather kind of unfocused.

Quibbles aside this is a breezy 80 minutes and worth a look

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