Rated: R for violence and nudity. Reviewed by: Frank Release date: October 27, 1995 Released by: Warner Brothers
This is a chilling nail-biting thriller that could shake anyone's sense of security.
Holly Hunter and Sigourney Weaver are stunningly effective; Hunter as the thoughtful, self-confident cop and Weaver as a stalker's victim.
Before the opening credits Helen Hudson (Weaver), an expert on serial killers, is strung up by the neck in a restroom by psychopath Daryll Lee Cullun (Harry Connick, Jr.), who is as chilling as the villains in The Silence of the Lambs. Hunter is perfectly cast as the capable M.J. Monahan, the police lieutenant in charge of solving a series of brutal murders of women. She is drawn to Hudson for expert help when few clues are found and the city of San Francisco is beginning to panic.
Weaver is well-seasoned in playing a frightened woman from her experience in the "Alien" series. She is attempting to escape a force she cannot control. Hunter on the other hand is in a new element as a performer and she fits in as smoothly as can be.
The Copycat is in the process of committing murders based on serial killers patterns. The murders are brutal and bloody, as they were for the killer who is being copied. It is the use of the Internet by Hudson and the killer that brings the terror directly into her apartment where she has been a recluse for over a year since Daryll Lee strung her up.
How the two leading ladies cope with the terror produces a top shelf thriller. If this is your kind of film (and even if it isn't), this one really works.