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Category Archives: The Last Word — A Documentary

THE LAST WORD–A DOCUMENTARY: KILLER GETS THE DEATH PENALTY & SWEARS TO HAUNT THE LIVING IN ‘JOHNNY FRANK GARRETT’S LAST WORD’: SXSW MIDNIGHT PIC

Posted on July 10, 2016 by Jesse Quackenbush

Simon Rumley, Director of Johnny Frank Garrett’s Last Word EXCLUSIVE: British director Simon Rumley used a real life 1982 murder case as a spring board for his horror pic Johnny Frank Garrett’s Last Word which is making its world premiere at the South By Southwest Film Festival’s Midnighters section on Sunday at the Alamo Lamar. … Continue reading THE LAST WORD–A DOCUMENTARY: KILLER GETS THE DEATH PENALTY & SWEARS TO HAUNT THE LIVING IN ‘JOHNNY FRANK GARRETT’S LAST WORD’: SXSW MIDNIGHT PIC

THE LAST WORD–A DOCUMENTARY: SXSW SCREENING SCHEDULE FOR JOHNNY FRANK GARRETT’S LAST WORD

Posted on July 10, 2016 by Jesse Quackenbush

Based on true events. Amarillo, Texas, Halloween, 1968, Sister Tadea Benz, a 76 year old nun is raped and murdered in her bedroom in her convent. A teenager from the wrong side of the tracks, Johnny Frank Garrett, is arrested but claims innocence. His trial is a farce and he is sentenced to death. On … Continue reading THE LAST WORD–A DOCUMENTARY: SXSW SCREENING SCHEDULE FOR JOHNNY FRANK GARRETT’S LAST WORD

THE LAST WORD–A DOCUMENTARY: WATCH JURY DELIBERATIONS TAKE AN UNSETTLING TWIST IN ‘JOHNNY FRANK GARRETT’S LAST WORD’ CLIP

Posted on July 10, 2016 by Jesse Quackenbush

True crime stories may be all the entertainment rage these days, between “Making a Murderer” and “The People v O.J. Simpson,” but it’s often easy to forget that these stories are true first and foremost, that they chronicle real people and real events and real pain. The SXSW premiere “Johnny Frank Garrett’s Last Word” may … Continue reading THE LAST WORD–A DOCUMENTARY: WATCH JURY DELIBERATIONS TAKE AN UNSETTLING TWIST IN ‘JOHNNY FRANK GARRETT’S LAST WORD’ CLIP

THE LAST WORD — A DOCUMENTARY: SXSW 2016 REVIEW – JOHNNY FRANK GARRETT’S LAST WORD, WHEN CAPITAL PUNISHMENT IS NOT ENOUGH

Posted on July 10, 2016 by Jesse Quackenbush

In October 1981, Sister Tadea Benz, a 76-year-old nun, was raped, strangled, beaten and stabbed to death. Johnny Frank Garrett, age 17 at the time the crimes were committed, was later convicted. He was executed in February 1992, one of more than 500 people who have been executed in the state of Texas since 1982. … Continue reading THE LAST WORD — A DOCUMENTARY: SXSW 2016 REVIEW – JOHNNY FRANK GARRETT’S LAST WORD, WHEN CAPITAL PUNISHMENT IS NOT ENOUGH

THE LAST WORD — A DOCUMENTARY: JOHNNY FRANK GARRETT’S LAST WORD SPOKEN AT SXSW 2016

Posted on July 10, 2016 by Jesse Quackenbush

One flick we cannot wait to see is Simon Rumley’s supernatural vengeance thriller Johnny Frank Garrett’s Last Word. You want to talk about spooky? Look up the actual events this film is based upon, or see the incredible documentary, The Last Word. If it doesn’t make you a believer in the supernatural, we don’t know … Continue reading THE LAST WORD — A DOCUMENTARY: JOHNNY FRANK GARRETT’S LAST WORD SPOKEN AT SXSW 2016

THE LAST WORD — A DOCUMENTARY: SXSW FILM REVIEW – ‘JOHNNY FRANK GARRETT’S LAST WORD’

Posted on July 10, 2016 by Jesse Quackenbush

The winner of this year’s unofficial stranger-than-fiction prize at SXSW — yes, even over the documentary about the African-American guy who befriends KKK members — may well be “Johnny Frank Garrett’s Last Word.” What plays as a familiar if inventively handled revenge-from-beyond-the-grave horror opus dramatizes an actual case in which a Texan very possibly wrongly … Continue reading THE LAST WORD — A DOCUMENTARY: SXSW FILM REVIEW – ‘JOHNNY FRANK GARRETT’S LAST WORD’

THE LAST WORD — A DOCUMENTARY: DEAD MAN’S CURSE – SIMON RUMLEY MINES HORROR FROM A REAL-LIFE DEATH ROW CASE

Posted on July 10, 2016 by Jesse Quackenbush

This is what’s not in dispute: On Halloween night, 1981, 76-year-old nun Sister Tadea Benz was stabbed, raped, and left for dead in Amarillo, Texas. Johnny Frank Garrett, a 17-year-old, mentally handicapped resident of the then-smallish and righteously conservative Panhandle town was fingered for the crime and sentenced to death. Despite protestations of innocence to … Continue reading THE LAST WORD — A DOCUMENTARY: DEAD MAN’S CURSE – SIMON RUMLEY MINES HORROR FROM A REAL-LIFE DEATH ROW CASE

THE LAST WORD — A DOCUMENTARY: SXSW “JOHNNY FRANK GARRETT’S LAST WORDS” KEEPS AUDIENCE UNEASY, BUT NOT MUCH ELSE

Posted on July 10, 2016 by Jesse Quackenbush

On a Halloween night in Amarillo, Texas in 1982, 76-year-old nun Sister Tadea Benz was found raped and murdered in her bedroom. In the hyper-religious community, it’s local troublemaker Johnny Frank Garrett (Devin Bonnee) who is accused of committing the heinous crime. Beginning their deliberation with a prayer, the jurors convince Adam, the only holdout, … Continue reading THE LAST WORD — A DOCUMENTARY: SXSW “JOHNNY FRANK GARRETT’S LAST WORDS” KEEPS AUDIENCE UNEASY, BUT NOT MUCH ELSE