“Loretta McLaughlin was the reporter who first connected the murders and broke the story of the Boston Strangler. She and Jean Cole challenged the sexism of the early 1960s to report on the city’s most notorious serial killer.”

Director: Matt Ruskin
Writer: Matt Ruskin
Staring: Kiera Knightly, Carrie Coon, Chris Cooper, Alessandro Nivola, Rory Cochrane, David Dastmalchian
Rated: R
Release Date: March 17, 2023

A movie about a serial killer that takes place in Boston? This is right in my wheelhouse.

The Boston Strangler (2023) is a remake (or maybe reimagining) of a 1968 movie by the same name. I watched the original The Boston Strangler back in high school, and I remember exactly where I was when I saw it. I was at a girlfriend’s house and she wanted to show me one of her favorite movies and we watched it in her living room. Unsurprisingly my mind was in a different place as a senior in high school, so my “D+” grade I placed on it was a bit more emblematic of my school studying habits of the time and not of my movie appreciation.

The 1968 version is from the cops point of view with a nearly all male cast. This 2023 rendition of the story takes a look at the untold point of view of reporter Loretta McLaughlin (Kiera Knightly) who is trying to solve the haunting strangulations that have put the city of Boston in a chokehold of fear. Working with Jean Cole (Carrie Coon) and her editor Jack Maclaine (Chris Cooper), Loretta attempts to highlight the truth while dealing with a her own safety and the wrath of the Boston police force.

Matt Ruskin is the writer and director of The Boston Strangler. He is a relatively new director with four completed projects, spanning from his 2001 Glen Of The Downs to 2017’s Crown Heights. Three of his four movies are about crime and those trying to right improper application of justice, but The Boston Strangler is very much her first bigger budget undertaking.

Two-time Oscar nominee Kiera Knightly stars in the lead role as Loretta McLaughlin. I have not seen anything Knightly has done since Pirates Of The Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales (2017). It has been a long time since she has been in something with a major release buzz in the United States.

Carrie Coon is Knightly’s counterpart playing Jean Cole. She was the mother in Ghostbusters: Afterlife (2021) and most recently starred in the HBO drama series The Gilded Age.

David Dastmalchian is listed in the cast playing the part of Albert DeSalvo…which really tracks. I have to look up who this man was, and he a rapist and suspected serial killer. He has a story that is terrifying and will be explored in the movie. Dastmalchian is a perfect choice to act out the creep, because let’s be real, he is fantastically creepy himself. (I love

The Boston Strangler plans to breath life into viewers interest and eyeballs when it premieres on Hulu on March 17, 2023.

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