The Devil's Cinema by Steve Lillebuen

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But most importantly, Lillebuen gives ample space in his book to show to readers that Altinger was a man loved by his family.
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Reality and fantasy collide with shocking results in this riveting account of the notorious case of Mark Twitchell - and the police investigation into one of the most bizarre murders in recent memory.

In October 2008, Johnny Altinger, a 38-year-old Edmonton man, was on his way to a tryst with a woman he had met on an online dating website when he emailed the directions to their rendezvous to a concerned friend. He was never seen again. Two weeks before Altinger's disappearance, independent filmmaker Mark Twitchell began shooting a low-budget horror film about a serial killer who impersonates a woman on an online dating website to lure his victims to their gruesome deaths. But these are just the starting points of the stranger-than-fiction case of Mark Twitchell, a man with a startling plan to turn his life-long love of fantasy and desire for fame into reality:

- Did Twitchell, in a horrific example of life imitating art, act out the grisly premise of his own script?

- Obsessed with Dexter, the popular TV show and book series about a fictional vigilante serial killer, Twitchell assumed Dexter Morgan's profile on Facebook. But how far did he intend to take his fascination with Dexter?

- Is the shocking document "S.K. Confessions" a graphic work of fiction that, as Twitchell claims, he wrote to promote his film? Or is it a diary he kept of his transformation into a killer, and proof that the police stopped a prolific serial killer at the very beginning?

Veteran journalist Steve Lillebuen provides a gripping investigative account of the nesting doll intricacies of the case, plunging us into the world of pop culture fanaticism and into the mind of a self-professed psychopath. Drawing on extensive interviews, Lillebuen illuminates what can happen when some of our culture's darkest obsessions are pushed to extremes.


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About Steve Lillebuen

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STEVE LILLEBUEN is an experienced crime reporter whose work has been published in a wide range of respected media, including the Edmonton Journal, the Globe and Mail, the Toronto Star, the National Post, the Sydney Morning Herald, and around the world through The Associated Press and its related agencies. He currently divides his time between Edmonton and Australia.
 
Published March 27, 2012 by McClelland & Stewart. 362 pages
Genres: Political & Social Sciences, Biographies & Memoirs. Non-fiction
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All: 7 | Positive: 5 | Negative: 2

National Post arts

Above average
Reviewed by Richard Poplak on Jun 01 2012

...The Devil’s Cinema is bracing in the way that it presents Twitchell as entirely self-aware of online and pop culture’s power to drain the reality from reality.

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The Wetaskiwin

Excellent
Reviewed by Jerold LeBlanc on Apr 04 2012

But most importantly, Lillebuen gives ample space in his book to show to readers that Altinger was a man loved by his family.

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St. Albert Gazette

Excellent
Reviewed by Peter Boer on Mar 31 2012

All in all, Lillebuen excels at weaving detail into the larger picture in pursuing his larger goal – understanding the man who committed murder.

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National Post arts

Above average
Reviewed by Richard Poplak on Jun 01 2012

Lillebuen ain’t Norman Mailer, and thus The Devil’s Cinema is no Executioner’s Song. But it is a surprisingly competent, admirably structured, thoroughly readable parsing of a psychopathic mind — a mind both more banal and less tortured than we’d imagine.

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Literary Treats

Good
Apr 12 2012

Devil’s Cinema humanizes Twitchell even as it deflates him — he is, ultimately, just a man.

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Boys Do Read

Below average
Reviewed by Steven on Apr 12 2012

It's not especially graphic, but, being the story of a rookie serial killer, does included some scenes of violence and butchery, and there is some 'language'.

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That Shakespearean Rag

Below average
Reviewed by Steven Beattie on Apr 03 2012

Less effective are Lillebuen’s attempts to dramatize events, such as the confrontations between Twitchell and his then-wife as she grows ever more suspicious about his actions and the flimsy excuses he uses to cover them up.

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