It’s hard to tell if Abundant Sunshine is yet another boring and redundant trip into cinéma-vérité land or an actual disturbing piece of cinema documenting the works of a dedicated family man who spent ten years living a double life as a serial killer. You see, he videotaped all his crimes, always a good idea, and when the police find the tapes, all the truth comes crashing down.
While it may seem like a slightly more narrative version of The Poughkeepsie Tapes, not that anyone’s seen that yet, Abundant Sunshine gives me the impression that it might be something more.
Quiet Earth got the full synopsis and you can see the trailer below. Keep it here for more as we learn it! During 1987 through 1997 a serial killer terrorized the community of Beaumont, Texas. On February 28, 1997, at 9:15 AM an anonymous tip was received by the Beaumont Police Department, leading them to the home of Jonathan Rainer and his wife of 19 years, Betty Rainer. In the basement of the home police found over 1500 videotapes documenting Rainer’s life as a dedicated husband, devoted father and community leader. What the tapes also revealed would shock the world. The horrific murders of 12 victims captured by the killer’s camera. Through the Freedom of Information Act Jonathan’s home videos were released and assembled into a feature length film exploring the inner workings of a psychopathic killer.
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