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Old 03-14-2006, 04:57 PM   #1
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Default What is the BEST produced UM segment?

I know that there has been some discussion about the differences in UM's production between the NBC, CBS, and Lifetime episodes. So what do you think the best produced UM segment is?

I'm not sure if it's the best, but I would cast a vote for the NBC "Son of Sam" segment (it was really creepy) or the Tami Lynn Leppart segment (The shot of her breaking the big bay window with a baseball bat was really well done.)

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I always felt the Eliot Ness sequence was excellent and brought out a side to Ness that I wasn't familiar with (the torso murders?).
I also liked how moving the story was about the man who wanted to contact his long lost daughter that he had abandoned years ago. It was the case where he had fallen in love with the neighbor girl, she got pregnant and her parents were opposed to them being together (they were going to charge him with statutory rape). He ran off to avoid the police and a year later he met up with the girl again- she was working at a diner. When she had him come over to see the baby, he saw the mother was there and ran off yet again. I liked this segment because you could tell that years later he was very sorry for what he had done, and he knew that he had done the wrong thing by running away when things got tough. I liked how they found the daughter and showed a segment of them meeting, including the biological mother's perspective. This was a great segment because it was complex, not overly moralizing. It let the viewer draw their own conclusions.
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100th Post!!!!!!!!! It's hard to chose which ones, they're all so Great in there own way!
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I vote for the Unabomber/Zodiac episode - the shots of the Zodiac shooting at the kids in the car are so well composed.
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"Son Of Sam" is a good one production wise, "Kurt Sova" is another one that was extremely well done. But I think I would have to give the nod to "Rick Church" because that whole segment was extremely well put together and I think the actors who portrayed Rick Church and Colleen Ritter did an extemely good job of portraying the horror of those events.

In fact the whole episode plays out like a real creepy low budget horror flick which is a good thing because it comes off very well. There are also some nice "little touches" in this segment (The Springsteen poster on Church's wall) which I don't know, the attention to detail is very pronounced in this segment.
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I thought the I-70 Killer segment was put together extremely well. It had the over-the-top sinister music. The dialogue between the black customer and the killer was very suspenseful. The composite scared the crap out of me and the actor who played the killer looked so believable that he truly frightened me.

Also, the segment with Matthew McConaughey was excellent because it felt so real.

I'd say the worst one was the attempted poisoning of the husband by that b*tch who wanted to beef her husband up because he was to small for her fat ass. "That man, he took Jonathon!"
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I thought the I-70 Killer segment was put together extremely well. It had the over-the-top sinister music. The dialogue between the black customer and the killer was very suspenseful. The composite scared the crap out of me and the actor who played the killer looked so believable that he truly frightened me.

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Yeah that one was killer (no pun intended) ... when the customer comes in the store and the guy's like, "Hey, come back here!" and the customer's like: "No! I'm not going back there!!!" ... and that goes on for a minute or two. I still can't get over that this guy who went into seemingly random strip mall stores and murdered people for NO REASON ended up letting this guy just WALK OUT!?!?!
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Great question cricci! I've always like the Aileen Conway segment. The filming out on the rural road and then showing her house empty with the sliding glass door open and curtain blowing and the bathtub full of water and phone off the hook was downright eerie! I also like the Kathy Bonderson and Sherry Eyerly cases for how they were filmed in the dark and gave a spooky feel. Also the Patricia Meehan story when she was out walking in that moonlit field.
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The one that they showed yesterday was beautifully done. The one about Todd Kelly's murder. It was very realistic. The casting was excellent. The Mafous Huck character was very creepy, Christy and Todd Kelly's characters were the epitome of 80s cheese. Nice sunglasses, Todd. Were those Oakley knock-offs from the flea market?
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Yeah that one was killer (no pun intended) ... when the customer comes in the store and the guy's like, "Hey, come back here!" and the customer's like: "No! I'm not going back there!!!" ... and that goes on for a minute or two. I still can't get over that this guy who went into seemingly random strip mall stores and murdered people for NO REASON ended up letting this guy just WALK OUT!?!?!
Yeah, that was the luckiest man alive at that moment. The actor that played the killer looked very deranged and angry. That scene creeped me out. I kind of laughed when the customer said "Look man, I don't know what's going on here". That scene is one of those instances where something made my skin crawl and was humorous at the same time.
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Also the Patricia Meehan story when she was out walking in that moonlit field

I've said a few times that I'm from Montana. I remember Missing Persons ads running for her on TV when this happened. I can't believe that she's still missing.

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The one that they showed yesterday was beautifully done. The one about Todd Kelly's murder. It was very realistic. The casting was excellent. The Mafous Huck character was very creepy, Christy and Todd Kelly's characters were the epitome of 80s cheese.
That segment creeps me out. I saw if for the first time when I was 22 or 23 and I was so creeped out I couldn't sleep. I shudder to think of my reaction to it had I seen it at the time it originally aired....
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I like the one where the two ladies and a grandson encountered a strange aircraft near Houston. They then saw American Military guys, the ladies and the kid got sick, and the government now denies any knowledge. Seems like stuff was coming down from the sky too.

I feel for those people....
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Rick Church and Dennis Depue definitely come to mind as well done episodes. Like many have noted,those were like mini-indy films that just had an eerie "feeling". When I was yonger one of my biggest fears was me or my family falling victim to a random shooting,so naturally I was petrified by the Blind River and Larry George cases.These segements were short but will probably stick in my mind forever.

But best produced? Well as a history buff I treasure the segments covering the events around Rev. Martin Luther King and John Wilkes Booth. They had many theories that I hadn't heard of. I also thought the case about the man who was kidnapped in Beirut was done very well.

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I'd say the Georgia Rudolph episode is by far the most in depth, well-done and researched Reincarnation episode. The music and the storytelling all contribute greatly to the segment.

The Georgia Rudolph episode ranks up there as possibly one of the best produced segments on all of UM. Something about it makes it all the more eerier.

Also, Coral Polge.....the opening shot of the man being drawn and the start-up music for that segment......"I have a young lad here who doesn't know quite how he died......" The whole idea of drawing people that have passed on to another realm intrigues me. The whole showing of their portraits and photos really got me. awesome.

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Yes there are many to choose from. I have actually been thinking about this recently. I think the segment about Larry and Debbie Race's boatride that turned drastic ranks up there. The way they were able to film this all in the lake, and the way the actress who played Debbie acted out her part. You get a full idea about just how panic stricken Debbie must have been aboard a boat that was sinking in the middle of a freezing body of water. This segment was done so well you almost feel like you are watching the real thing and not a re-creation. Very suspensful, even though you know how things are going to turn out.

Other segment done well would be L'Enfant, they way they use that trademark atonal background music as Bashir takes a threatning call. Whistle Blown also utilizes backdrop music and footage well.
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