Saturday, March 1, 2014

Lifetime Movie 'Happy Face Killer' Premieres Tonight, Stars David Arquette and Gloria Reuben

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Photo Credit: Eliot Brasseaux
David Arquette (Scream) and Gloria Reuben (FALLING SKIES, ER) star in the Lifetime Original Movie Happy Face Killer, premiering Saturday, March 1, at 8 p.m. ET/PT. The movie follows the grisly true-crime story of a truck driver who, during his work travels across the country, kills numerous women and hauntingly leaves a confession of each murder with a scrawled happy face as cryptic evidence of his crime. Reuben portrays Melinda Gand, the FBI investigator leading the case.

Inspired by real-life events, Happy Face Killer follows the hunt and ultimate capture of serial killer Keith Hunter Jesperson (Arquette). An aspiring cop turned long-haul truck driver after a failed marriage, Jesperson strangled his first victim following an argument and was back on the road again the very next day, killing at least eight women over a five-year span as he crisscrossed the country.

Upset after a woman falsely confesses that she and her boyfriend are responsible for one of his murders, Jesperson begins to taunt the authorities by sending a series of disturbing letters to newspaper editors, even scribbling confessions on the walls of highway rest stops admitting that he loved killing his victims. By signing his morbid notes with a happy face, he earned himself the notorious nickname, "Happy Face Killer" and forever left his mark of fear.

Watch a sneak peek video below:

Happy Face Killer is produced by Happy Face Productions/Front Street Pictures and executive produced by Tom Patricia and produced by Harvey Kahn. The script was written by Richard Christian Matheson and directed by Rick Bota (Beauty and the Beast).

The cast includes Stefanie von Pfetten, Melissa M. Montgomery, Emily Haine, Jordana Largy, Daryl Shuttleworth, Josh Blacker, Mittita Barber and Kelly-Ruth Mercier.

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