Labeled as “an unreal true crime story“, and quoted as “an unforgettable manhunt” by RueMorgue and “completely off the rails” by iHorror, Faking A Murderer (2020) is one of those movies that are hard to catch but once you do it can become a watch hard to forget. In it, in search of their next hit series, two filmmakers embark on an investigation to find a man they believe to be a serial killer.
Actor Stuart Stone (Donnie Darko (2001), The Boys Club (1996)) is the director of the film after being behind the cameras in The Haunted House on Kirby Road (2016) and Scarecrows (2017). He is also the co-writer of the screenplay together with his frequent collaborator Adam Rodness. Both of them are also producers and the main stars of the film. The main cast is completed with Josh Cruddas, Bill MacDonald, and Tony Nappo.
The movie follows the two filmmakers on their noble yet perhaps misguided quest to track down a seedy-looking stranger they’ve discovered online who — in a disturbing video — seemingly confesses to a murder. Or at least that’s what they think. Seeing the popularity of true crime shows, they decide to try and turn this discovery into their own killer hit. With the support of a distributor (both moral and financial), Stone and Rodness set off on their journey to try and track down this elusive creep. When they bring the video to law enforcement, they’re told — repeatedly — that it’s really not much to go on, and they’re putting a lot of time and energy into what essentially is a fool’s errand. Determined to make this work, they flex, stretch, and break their budget in pursuit of a hit new crime story. Are they in over their heads? Yes. Is it fun to watch? Absolutely.
Faking A Murderer (2020) has been part of the film festivals Hollywood Suite, Telluride Horror Show, and Shockfest Film Festival along 2020. Now it is finally coming out on digital on August 6, 2021. Here you can watch its official trailer.