Dreama Walker in The Grim Sleeper (2014)

Just the Facts

Christine Pelisek (Dreama Walker) works as a fact checker for the LA Weekly but is determined to become a journalist which is why after visiting her friend Morales (Brendan Fletcher) down at the morgue that she learns that there has been a series of unsolved murders over the last 20 years. Determined to try and find a link she realises that there is a connection between some of these murders which are still going on and the police have been keeping it on the quiet. As soon as it comes out that there is a serial killer targeting African American girls and that the police have kept this information quiet it causes some unrest but also Pelisek finds herself working with both the community as well as Detective Simms (Michael O'Neill) to catch the killer who has been nicknamed "The Grim Sleeper".

When it comes to movies made about real crimes and in this case a real serial killer "The Grim Sleeper" is one of those which is entertaining but nothing more than routine and lacks any depth to tell the audience anything which they probably didn't already know from the press coverage. That means for those who watch "The Grim Sleeper" hoping to learn more about the killers motive and modus operandi there is a chance you will be disappointed but for those just looking for some easy to watch crime drama well it is okay but nothing special.

Michael O'Neill in The Grim Sleeper (2014)

The thing about "The Grim Sleeper" is that for the most this feels like a routine drama where we have the plucky Pelisek digging into past crime reports and finding links which connect a series of historic and current murders. We see how the police don't welcome her interference and of course how she ends up receiving threats herself. As I said it is routine and none of it really tells you anything about the real Grim Sleeper from what his motive was to why he did things in a certain way. Instead what we do get is a look at the racial tension which grew out of this situation as the targets were African American girls and the police never made it public or told the victim's relatives what was going on. Yes this is an interesting side but lacks the bite of realism to make it feel anything more than just scenes involving extras standing outside a police station waving placards.

What this all boils down to is that "The Grim Sleeper" is a pretty typical made for TV movie about a real crime which fails to really dig in to what the motives were and just dramatises the known facts in an easy to watch manner.