Into the Abyss

Synopsis: Into the abyss explores a triple murder which occurred in the small Texas City of Conroe in 2001. Michael Perry and Jason Burkett, under the influence of alcohol and drugs, murdered a middle-aged housewife; they then gunned down her stepson and his friend. The film features Conversations with the two inmates and those affected by their crime. Unlike many of the films that deal with crimes, into the abyss isn't concerned with figuring out exactly what happened, but rather serves as an examination of why people - and the state - kill.
Director(s): Werner Herzog
Production: IFC Films
  2 wins & 13 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
107 min

to the world or home to God,

so I... you know,

as the days get closer,

I can feel the pressure

on my shoulders.

They call it clinical depression

where I just start having

less motivation to do things,

less energy.

You get frustrated at the...

at the system.

How can they not see, you know,

my situation is wrong?

You know, I... I used to

write all the time

and have a lot of energy,

and I just don't

have it any more.

I just feel like

I've been beaten down.

- I have the feeling

that destiny, in a way,

has dealt you

a very bad deck of cards.

It does not exonerate you,

and... and when I talk to you,

it does not necessarily mean

that I have to like you,

but I respect you,

and you are a human being,

and I think human beings

should not be executed.

- Mm-hmm.

- As simply as that.

- Right.

- Lieutenant, this looks

idyllic and safe.

- Well, and you would

think that.

This is a gated community,


The houses that are out here

are very large houses,

very expensive houses,

and you would think

that this is...

this is a very quiet area,

and you would, I guess,

associate that with security.

But this house right here

is actually the house

where Sandra Stotler

was murdered.

This is where Michael Perry

and Jason Burkett

parked out on the street

and went in and...

and murdered her.

At the time that we found her,

she was actually

baking cookies,

and there was evidence of that.

There was... there was

cookies out.

There was cookie dough out.

So she was in the process

of that when she was killed.

- But apparently

the first plan was not murder.

- Well, and that was something

that we were told,

that initially the...

the boys were all...

when I say "boys,"

Michael Perry, Jason Burkett,

Adam Stotler,

and Jeremy Richardson...

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Werner Herzog

Werner Herzog (German: [ˈvɛɐ̯nɐ ˈhɛɐ̯tsoːk]; born 5 September 1942) is a German screenwriter, film director, author, actor, and opera director. Herzog is a figure of the New German Cinema, along with Rainer Werner Fassbinder, Margarethe von Trotta, Volker Schlöndorff, Werner Schröter, and Wim Wenders. Herzog's films often feature ambitious protagonists with impossible dreams, people with unique talents in obscure fields, or individuals who are in conflict with nature.French filmmaker François Truffaut once called Herzog "the most important film director alive." American film critic Roger Ebert said that Herzog "has never created a single film that is compromised, shameful, made for pragmatic reasons, or uninteresting. Even his failures are spectacular." He was named one of the world's 100 most influential people by Time magazine in 2009. more…

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