Awakening the Zodiac (2017) – updated with reviews and interview link

‘The deadliest killer in U.S. history… is back’

Awakening the Zodiac is a 2017 Canadian horror thriller directed by Jonathan Wright (Nostrum aka Psychotica) from a screenplay by Jennifer Archer and Mike Horrigan. It stars Shane West, Leslie Bibb and Matt Craven.

A down-on-their-luck couple discover film reels seemingly belonging to real-life serial killer Zodiac. They decide to take the law into their own hands, risking everything for the chance at a $100,000 reward. It isn’t long until they find themselves in the killer’s lethal cross-hairs…

Sony Pictures Worldwide is distributing the film. In the US, a theatrical release is slated for June 9, 2017.


“This viewer did not clue into the film’s primary secret and many other viewers will not as well. The final denouement and reveal is well crafted and obfuscated enough, to create a compelling final surprise. Also, there is a lot going on in the film and the pacing is consistently moving the story along.” Michael Allen, 28 Days Later Analysis

Awakening the Zodiac has a worthwhile premise.  The movie is made more compelling by a cast doing an honest day’s work when few would have noticed had they just phoned it in.  But without any real surprises in store, the final phases of the middling mystery don’t have enough oomph to tie the movie together.” Ian Sedensky, Culture Crypt

Awakening the Zodiac is way too flat, gimmicky, and absurd to make sense, and the thrills it provides are rare and on the low side.” George Beremov, Cinemarvellous!

“All in all, this is a movie I’d rent from my DVR on a Friday night after deciding to ‘try something new.’ Beautifully made. The rollercoaster equivalent of the teacups ride at Disney world (still fun, but definitely not Splash Mountain.) All it really made me do is wanna watch more True Crime stories.” Daniel Papas, Irish Film Critic


Screenwriter Michael Horrigan talks to Steven G. Farrell for 28 Days Later Analysis

Main cast:

Shane West (Salem; Red Sands; Dracula 2000), Leslie Bibb (Hell BabyThe Midnight Meat Train; Trick ‘r Treat), Matt Craven (Devil; Jacob’s Ladder; Happy Birthday to Me), Stephen McHattie (The Strain), Nicholas Campbell, Kenneth Welsh, Jason Hook, John Bregar, Eva Link, Jennie Esnard, Douglas Kidd, Sandra Wilson, Renato Vettore.

Filming locations:

Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

Production companies:

Bunk 11 Pictures/TAJJ Media


The films alternate title is Z.



Categories: 2017, Canadian, serial killer, true crime

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2 replies

  1. Stupid movie with a ridiculous ending that make no sense!

  2. One of the worst movies I’ve ever seen. Unbelievably annoying and stupid. The thought process of these characters is absolutely mind numbing. It’s cheap and I can’t believe I paid for this.

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