Cold Light of Day (1989)

Detectives have been called to a residential address in the London suburbs after a blockage in the drains turns out to be human remains. Dennis Nilsen is brought in for questioning, and while he seems like a normal person at first, he would come to be known as the “British Jeffrey Dahmer.”

If you haven’t seen or heard of this fictionalized account of these murders before, no worries — after winning the UCCA Venticittà Award at the 1990 Venice International Film Festival — it went largely unnoticed.

A grainy 16mm effort with sound design that seems to want to punch you repeatedly in the face, this is by no means an easy watch. In no way does it glorify the violence or reasons behind these killings, but takes a dispassionate, almost documentary-style approach to the proceedings.

This is writer/director Fhiona-Louise’s only full-length film, but the Arrow re-release also contains two of her shorts, Metropolis Apocalypse and Sleepwalker, as well as a new commentary track from her. This limited edition — 2,000 copies only — release is a must for lovers of true crime and confrontational experimental cinema.

You can get this from Arrow.


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