Lifetime’s latest original movie, the based-on-a-true-story “Happy Face Killer,” was truly disturbing. You’ll definitely get creepy chills every time you see David Arquette for the next few weeks.
Arquette played real-life serial killer Keith Hunter Jesperson, a Canadian truck driver who began strangling women as he crisscrossed the country, leaving a confession with a happy face at each crime scene. When a couple took responsibility for one of his murders, he started to get cocky and write letters to newspaper editors and messages on rest stop walls. That hubris ultimately got him arrested.
If you don’t want to get caught having committed murder, you should probably not write letters and film videos confessing.
As far as Lifetime movies go, this one was pretty middle-of-the-road. No performances were outrageously campy — though all low-budget thrillers on this network seem to have some level of cheesiness to them. Gloria Reuben was certainly believable as a tough FBI investigator chasing after Jesperson, and the scenes of David Arquette strangling women were truly terrifying.
The main takeway from “Happy Face Killer,” however, is that David Arquette has mastered an excellent crazy face.
What did you think of “Happy Face Killer”? Where did it fall on the Lifetime movie scale: cheesy good or good good?