I know we deal with some nasty crimes, so watching a film depicting a violent home invasion in a realistic manner may not be something you’re inclined to watch while escaping the crap you read on here. But if you’re a glutton for punishment, boy do I have a film for you.
Kidnapped is a Spanish home invasion film directed by Miguel Ángel Vivas that echoes a bit of the original Funny Games, The Strangers, or more recently, Cherry Tree Lane. But unlike those films, Vivas seems to abandon any form of social commentary or cheap scares, simply turning those who choose to watch into a neutered witness to a horrific crime.
Jaime (Fernando Cayo), his wife Marta (Ana Wagener) and their teenage daughter Isa (Manuela Vellés) have just moved into their new home located in a gated community when, on their first night there, three masked men break in and hold them hostage.
Their motive is money. and they plan on getting it by forcing Jaime to accompany the gang’s leader around town and empty out his bank accounts at various ATMs.…Continue Reading
After reviewing John Landis’s BURKE AND HARE (our review), a failed attempt at turning the tale of two real-life serial killers into a black comedy, I felt I owed it to myself, and to you, to re-watch THE FLESH AND THE FIENDS starring Peter Cushing and the great Donald Pleasence. This is a good film about William Burke and William Hare, the vile men responsible for Edinburgh, Scotland’s notorious West Port murders.
Back when religion had a stronger grip on medical practices, researchers could only dissect the bodies of criminals who met their demise at the end of a rope. When supply couldn’t keep up with demand, two Irish immigrants stumbled upon a way to fill the demand for fresh bodies after selling a fairly fresh corpse to local anatomist Dr. Knox. The pair felt corpse selling could be a lot more lucrative if they sped up the dying process a bit, so Burke and Hare began murdering the weak and downtrodden that populated their social circle, selling the bodies to the good doctor before the corpses even had time to cool.…Continue Reading
ALL GOOD THINGS has a lot of potential. It is helmed by Andrew Jarecki — the man behind the devastating documentary CAPTURING THE FRIEDMANS (2003), co-produced by Barbara A. Hall (who was partially responsible for bringing Gus Van Sant‘s MILK to screen), and stars Ryan Gosling, Kirsten Dunst, and Frank Langella. If the talent behind the camera and on screen isn’t enough to sell this, then how about the fact it’s based on the true story of the biggest missing persons case in the state of New York’s history?
The case upon which the film is based is that of Robert Durst, who was suspected of murdering his wife after she disappeared in 1982. That case remains unsolved today. The names of the players have been changed, with Gosling playing the Durst-based character David Marks and Dunst playing that of his wife Katie Marks. Unlike many true crime films, this is surprisingly not based on a book. The screenplay is credited as being “original,” and, from what I can tell, no book has been written about the incident(s) as of this time.…Continue Reading
When Brandi (Mena Suvari) isn’t working as a nurses aide at a retirement home hosing the shit off of elderly men’s asses, she’s partying in the clubs; drinking and popping Ecstasy supplied to her by her drug-dealing boyfriend. Overall things are going pretty good for Brandi and after her boss informs her she’d like to reward all her hard work with a promotion, things look like they’re going to get even better. But after leaving a club fuggered up one early morning, a fly gets into Brandi’s ointment in the form of a pedestrian in her windshield. Thomas Bardo (Stephen Rea) is a sad sack having a really bad day. A string of bad luck has left him unemployed and recently without a place to live. As he is making his way to a shelter to spend the night, he is hit by a momentarily distracted Brandi when he crosses the street in front of her car. The impact leaves Thomas with shattered legs and stuck half-in, half-out of Brandi’s windshield. Thinking cops may not look too kindly on someone plowing into a pedestrian while under the influence, Brandi panics and drives home; hiding her car in the garage with poor Thomas still stuck inside it pleading for help.…Continue Reading
Florence, AL- There are always two sides to every story, but if this one is true, then Jimmy McKinney is a 49-year old man pussy who likes to pick on young girls. On March 30, McKinney and a 12-year old girl were sitting in a car outside her home. McKinney, who is a family acquaintance, kept questioning the girl about her mother, but the girl refused to answer his questions and said she wanted to talk about her day at school instead. That was when McKinney got pissed and hit the girl in the face with his fist. Because she was afraid of McKinney, the girl told her mother her injury happened at school. However, the next morning when her mother was headed to the school to talk with the teacher and principal, the girl finally fessed up and said it was McKinney who struck her. The girl’s mother contacted police and Jimmy McKinney was arrested and charged with child abuse. If this is true, then this jackass needs a rude awakening on what it is like to feel small, helpless, and weak.…Continue Reading
Chicago, IL- I love hearing stories like this! Around 1 a.m. last Friday, a man carrying a knife and smelling of alcohol broke into Susana Reteguin’s apartment and crawled into her bed. Susana woke up, got off the bed, and screamed,“Who are you, let me see your face.” The two began to struggle and then the man knocked her down. When Susana’s 11-year old son, Luis Reteguin, heard his mother screaming for help, he immediately got up and ran into her room. Once Luis saw his mother was bleeding, he confronted the man and screamed, “Let go of my Mom!” Then the brave boy opened a pint-sized can of whoop-ass onto the stranger and began punching the man in the face. “I started to punch the guy in the face,” said Luis. “I think he had glasses because I saw them later on the floor, then he pushed me in the bathroom and started stabbing me.” …Continue Reading
Liverpool, UK- Remember the movie Weekend At Bernie’s? These two sneaky ol’ dames must have seen it because on Saturday, police arrested them when they tried to smuggle a dead relative onto a flight out of England. Like the movie, they must have thought, “Why don’t we just pretend he didn’t die? Just for a bit!” The women, aged 41 and 66, covered the deceased 91-year old man’s face with sunglasses and managed to travel with the dead guy in a taxi from their home in Oldham, northwestern England, to the terminal. Once there, they pushed the dead man in a wheelchair and tried to board a flight to Berlin at Liverpool’s John Lennon airport. When officials became suspicious and began probing the corpse, the women protested and claimed he was merely asleep.The women were detained on suspicion of failing to give notification of death of a 91-year-old man. They have been released on bail and police say inquiries are continuing.…Continue Reading
McHenry, MS- Easter at the Sexton home this year was a tad different than most. When a dispute erupted between Samuel Sexton, 57, and his son, Andrew, that morning, Samuel went outside with a shotgun and shot at his son. Not wanting to stick around for any more Easter surprises, Andrew hopped in a friend’s car and left. Police arrived at the scene and, fearing Andrew may have been seriously hurt, they told area hospitals to be on alert. After a few hours, one of Andrew’s friends who had been present at the time of the shooting was able to reach him by cell phone. Andrew told the friend that he was okay and his injuries were minor. Andrew refused to return home to answer deputies’ questions because he is on probation. While the officers were walking around the home looking for blood spatters, they discovered some shake bottles in the garbage can related to meth. After a search, a meth lab was found on the property. Samuel Wayne Sexton was arrested for pulling a shotgun on his son and pulling the trigger.…Continue Reading
Birmingham, AL – Justin James Warren Green has way too many fucking names and is in dire need of an attitude adjustment. After his toddler daughter was seen in the emergency room last week, sporting abrasions and a man-sized hand print on her face, Green was arrested and booked on child abuse charges. Dipshit daddy dearest confessed to getting all slap-happy with the 2-year-old because she had eaten his barbecue Pringles. Come the fuck on. I love my junk food as much as the next chickie, and though I may threaten to maim and/or mutilate any adult fool stupid enough to eyeball my goodies, I would never actually follow through (much). Anyone who could bitch slap a toddler for anything deserves the same treatment – hundredfold. And besides, barbecue Pringles taste like ass. Charged with willful abuse of a child, Green, 22, has been released on $10,000 bond. Come on over to my place, asshole – let me school you on the finer points of sharing. There is no word on the child’s condition.…Continue Reading
Elkmont, AL- Here is another short one that is packed with just enough “WTF?” to make the front page. When authorities in Elkmont began investigating a puppy mill owner by the name of Nannie Johnson, they got a gruesome surprise. Inside Johnson’s freezer last Friday, they found several dead dogs. Nannie Johnson, 63, was charged with 43 counts of cruelty to animals after a total of 43 dogs were found dead at her home. One dog was found dead inside a kennel and the remainder were wrapped in plastic and stored inside the freezer.The investigators did find 29 still alive, but all of them were emaciated and suffering from parasites and three have since died. Stanley McNatt with the Sheriff’s Department said, “She has, in the past, genuinely raised animals and has sold animals. I just don’t know if she just became overwhelmed and unable to tend to the animals properly, but whatever the case it was pretty bizarre.” Johnson is being held in jail on $32,250 bond.…Continue Reading
Boca Raton, FL- A shop owner in Boca Raton got her big girl panties in a wicked wad last Friday when one of her employees clogged her toilet. Medicine Shoppe owner Andrienne Chung was arrested on a simple battery charge after she struck her employee, Steven Spielberger (Ha! What a name!) with a chair. Chung admitted to police that she became pissed off when she learned what Spielberger had done and felt he was, “too lazy to get toilet paper and shoved napkins down the toilet, causing the toilet to overflow all over the store.” When questioned if she struck him with a chair, Chung said she was defending herself from Spielberger. I’m sure the police wanted to believe her cute, frumpy, little face, but surveillance video showed different. It showed Chung picking up a chair and and then she poked at Spielberger with it. Spielberger kicked the chair away and that was when Chung struck him with the chair. When the officers tried to place Ms. Chung under arrest, she refused to place her hands behind her back and kicked an officer in the groin.(Not smart) The police ended up having to use a Taser gun to tame the crazy lady and as well as being arrested for simple battery, the charges of resisting arrest with violence and battery on a law enforcement officer were added to the list.…Continue Reading
Tequesta, FL- I don’t know how I almost missed this one, but I am glad I found it because this one just reeks with douche-baggery. On March 22, an officer spotted a vehicle driving reckless near Blowing Rocks Marina. The officer reported that the vehicle could not maintain a lane and was swerving, so he stopped it. Inside the vehicle was Douglas Malcolm Macarthur, 40, and three passengers. Macarthur’s eyes were bloodshot and glassy and he smelled of booze. The officer asked Macarthur twice for his license, but he did not respond. Instead, Macarthur pulled out a white cup from the floor of the vehicle as one of the passengers produced a bottle of ‘Skol’ vodka and poured it into the cup. Macarthur was able to get a small sip of his drink before the officer took it from him. When asked to step out of vehicle, Macarthur stumbled out and held onto his car for support as he made his way to the rear end of the vehicle.…Continue Reading
The Dreamin’ Demon is a website that deals with true crime, but we are not one of those stuffy “true crime websites”. What’s the difference? you ask, because you are ever so curious. And here is where we’re gonna tell you.
We are devoted to exposing the asshats of the world, the idiots and cretins and rapists and murderers and wifebeaters and husband-killers and deerfuckers that cross our laptops every day. And they do. Every day. There are so many more stories than we can write up and publish – we post a few stories a day, but we could easily put up twenty if we didn’t have day jobs.
Our mission: Public Shaming. We believe that public shaming plays a vital role in curtailing unconscionable acts in society. We don’t put criminals in stocks in the center of town anymore. Maybe we should. The cockroaches of the world hate to have light shined on them, but by doing so, we are reminding other cockroaches that they, too, risk having their face in public for everyone’s pointing, laughing amusement.…Continue Reading