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February 28 2008

See James Marsters as Ted Bundy on March 30. Lifetime's "The Capture of the Green River Killer" premieres next month. News of James Marsters' cameo role was noted last September, and here it is.

Must make the obligatory joke: Finally Marsters really will be "like a serial killer in prison."

This might actually get me to watch Lifetime. Even if I'll never admit it.
I'll be watching. At least I will watch the scene he is in. I don't know about the rest. I have a hard time watching horror shows based on true horrors. I much prefer fantasy horror, the real stuff is just too real.
Just to say this will be on Lifetime Movie Network which is a not the same as the Lifetime channel.
Yes, it's on the Lifetime movie channel, which I don't get. So I won't be seeing this, unfortunately.
Is there a chance it could come out on DVD or be sold on iTunes?
Desperate for a break in the case, Reichert consults with convicted serial killer Ted Bundy (James Marsters, "Buffy the Vampire Slayer"), who offers insights into the mind of the Green River Killer.


So basically, he's Hannibal Lecter. Sweet!
Yes, but he's Bundy, the charismatic boy-next-door killer.

[ edited by true to dru on 2008-02-28 01:13 ]
I think I may have just found the one James Marsters appearance I will never voluntarily watch. Got enough of the real thing from the local news & deep-set paranoia throughout my formative years, and that's not a name I want to associate with his face.

(Besides, these days I'm stuck with Reichert as my congressional representative (our political opinions do not align), so I think I can pass on the glorified TV version, thanks.... ;)

[ edited by Casira on 2008-02-28 01:19 ]
If James' scenes end up on YouTube, I'll watch them, but I'm not inclined to watch a serial killer movie based on a real one. I went through a phase some time back where I read a lot of true crime novels. Maybe it was an actorish thing, trying to understand human nature and psychology. A lot of those books were Ann Rule's, one of which was her The Stranger Beside Me, about Bundy. I think that was the book that broke me of ever wanting to read that stuff again. I never say never, but the suffering of the families became too horrific. I barely made it through the television version of that book, starring Mark Harmon, who was riveting as Bundy. A great white shark in a huge pond filled with nubile, naive young women. Nope, can't do it.
Just to say this will be on Lifetime Movie Network which is a not the same as the Lifetime channel.


Thanks, helcat! I am not well versed in the ways of the Lifetime.
I think that was the book that broke me of ever wanting to read that stuff again. I never say never, but the suffering of the families became too horrific. I barely made it through the television version of that book, starring Mark Harmon, who was riveting as Bundy.


Looking at it like that, yeah-- that kind of bursts the bubble.

But I still want to see it-- and I don't have any good defense as for why I want to see it. Marsters is just so good at being bad. And in this case not even good-bad: it's bad-bad.

Maybe it gets too easy to remove yourself from history as time goes on. Bundy was in the generation before I was born (in 1979, woo). Maybe we kind of make charicatures for public figures before we're born. It's literally before time existed for us.

I dunno. I don't have a good excuse. I wanna see him play it.
I don't think you really need to defend or excuse it dispatch. If it glamorises Bundy then it's disgusting (and I doubt JM would involve himself with it), otherwise it's an insight into another aspect of human beings and the stuff we do. If a Whedon actor chose to play Hitler or Stalin it wouldn't bother me one bit, it's just a role.

I also read a lot of true crime stuff when younger (not really victim accounts, more behavioural science stuff by guys like Ressler and Douglas that practically invented profiling etc.) and though I don't anymore it's still fascinating IMO.

(I can totally understand if people don't want to wallow in it though, everyone has their own line - mine would probably be a portrayal of a true-life serial killer that's still active though I doubt anyone would be irresponsible enough to make a picture like that)
I think I would agree with Saje's first sentence, although I must say I always feel a little creepy watching such things. I'm not much of a fan, although I would like to see JM's performance.

Bundy hits a little close to home (literally), though. I work within a short walk of where he did some of his nastiness, although I wasn't here when he did his nastiness.

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