Release Year: 1995
Director: Jon Amiel
Writers: Ann Biederman, David Madsen
Starring: Sigourney Weaver, Holly Hunter, Dermot Mulroney, William McNamara, Harry Connick, Jr., J.E. Freeman, Will Patton, John Rothman
Agoraphobic psychologist Helen Hudson (Sigourney Weaver) is an expert on serial killers but is now traumatized by near-fatal attack by a psychopath. She reluctantly agrees to assist police detective Monahan (Holly Hunter) catch a serial killer who is copying past serial killers.
There is an obsession with serial killers, especially in the US it seems, that can hardly be healthy, but does result in some good tense thrillers. Copycat is one of the better ones, an example of a good solid 1990s thriller. It stars an excellent Weaver (Avatar, 2009) as a serial killer expert who just survived a vicious attack by a “fan” and now struggles with agoraphobia and panic attacks. She is joined by the always enjoyable Hunter (Raising Arizona, 1987) as a tough and sharp police detective Monahan, whose lacks of experience with serial murders sends her begging at Dr. Hudson’s door with her adorable partner (Dermot Mulroney). It soon becomes evident that the serial killer is focusing more and more closely on Dr. Hudson, whose field of expertise and assistance in the capturing of serial killers has made her an object of interest for serial killers and their protegés. The investigation part and more tense scenes as the killer closes in on Hudson are well balanced and the budding friendship between Hudson and Monahan is handled well. A more than solid psychological thriller with good performances from both female leads. Highly recommended.
Sigourney Weaver has remarked that she is proud of her performance in this film and regret that it is not better remembered. This is mainly because it drowned among the many psychological thrillers released around the same period.
Picture Copyright: Warner Bros.