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Paradise Lost 2: Revelations Review


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Paradise Lost 2 picks up where the original left off: five years after the controversial conviction of Damien Wayne Echols and two friends for the murder of three young boys in a rural Arkansas. While the sequel is less effective emotionally, it does introduce new evidence and points are very heavy finger at John Mark Byers (father of one of the deceased) as the alleged killer (the original speculated that Byers might have been the culprit but also focused on a mysterious wanderer who passed through town, covered in blood). Still, things aren't going so well for Damien's defense, and five years on death row have not been overly kind to him. Most curious is the introduction of the argument that making of the original film, documenting the trial, somehow tainted the trial itself. It's a fascinating, if less-realized follow-up.

Paradise Lost: The Child Murders At Robin Hood Hills Review


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Paradise Lost is a haunting and tragic documentary about three Arkansas teens enamored with wicca and paganism, who find themselves headed for death row and/or life in prison after three local pre-teens are mysteriously murdered and mutilated. Fingers are pointed, blame is laid, but the only apparent truth to come out of the film is that the three kids doing time are almost undoubtedly not the ones responsible for the murders. Why are they convicted? It's a long story, but one of the three accused kids has a very low IQ and was -- possibly -- coerced into a confession, dragging his friends along with him. It doesn't help that they have long hair and listen to Metallica.

Famous documentarians Joe Berlinger and Bruce Sinofsky obtain amazing access to all sides of the case throughout the trials, getting up close and personal with the accused, their families, the local law enforcement, the parents of the victims, and pretty much everyone else in the small Arkansas town -- which almost unilaterally has judged them guilty as hell.

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