Killing for Love (Das Versprechen)
Killing for Love (Das Versprechen) (2017)

March 30, 1985: Derek and Nancy Haysom are discovered brutally murdered at their home in Lynchburg, Virginia. The subsequent arrest and conviction of the couple's daughter Elizabeth, a wealthy scholarship student at the University of… More

Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: December 15, 2017
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Robert Abele
Los Angeles Times

A gripping murder mystery about the fated coupling of a pair of calculating romantics too smart for their own good, and the limits of the American justice system.

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Nick Schager
The Daily Beast

Steinberger and Vetter create a haunting atmosphere of mania and madness, as when they transition to photos of Derek and Nancy during Elizabeth's cold, eerie testimony.

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Henry Stewart
Brooklyn Magazine

Familiar and satisfying...continues in the "New True Crime" tradition.

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Frank Scheck
Hollywood Reporter

Featuring compelling real-life figures who practically invite casting guesses for the inevitable Hollywood dramatization, Killing for Love should easily satisfy viewers who can't get enough of this stuff.

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Chris Barsanti
Film Journal International

A bloody 1985 double homicide and the media hysteria that encircled it are revisited in this deeply sourced but frustrating investigation of whether justice was truly served.

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Ben Kenigsberg
New York Times

Probably dives into the weeds too quickly and could have used a tighter edit. Still, drawing on a wealth of courtroom video, the film lays out a persuasive argument for reasonable doubt.

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Matthew Anderson
CineVue

An absorbing true crime documentary.

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