Title card music composed by Jihwoan Ahn Additional sound design by Jihwoan Ahn
Series documentary for Reelz Channel and Discovery UK/Investigations
We all love seeing movies – some people turn the fun into an obsession! Copycat Killers is a true crime TV series that tells stories of real crimes that were inspired by major motion pictures and television. These real killers bring the violence of the movies into the real world, telling tales more shocking than what we see on screen. The series explores the gamut of frightening films from traditional horrors like American Psycho and Scream to cult classics Heathers and Taxi Driver, to modern tales of terror like Saw and Dexter. The real life crime, including the killer’s chilling back-story, the murders, and the exciting investigation, is shown as a parallel to the Hollywood hit. Featuring dramatic recreations and detailed insights from detectives, psychologists, film critics, and other experts, Copycat Killers tells these terrifying true stories that’ll change the way you see movies.
Real life crimes sloppily paralleled with other real life crimes. Minute similarities promoted as replicas with no real basis. General lack of knowledge regarding copycat killers and what they accurately are. This program would be best entitled “Not Actually Copycat Killers”.
This series goes behind the headlines of real-life murder cases which copy memorable slayings seen in Hollywood movies. Each episode features a mystifying murder scene and law enforcement’s hunt for the killer. Whether it’s two high school students terrorizing and killing a female classmate to copy the horror blockbuster Scream or the gruesome acts of pig farmer and serial killer, Robert Pickton, who copied Hannibal and fed his victims to his pigs—these horrific scenes actually happened but very few people know the real stories that led to these killings. CopyCat Killers includes interviews with investigators, family members of victims and forensic experts. The series also features high quality recreations, extensive archive and original documents from police case files.
Directed by Carsten Oblaender Produced by Story House Productions