Posted: December 13, 2012 in Reviews!

i survived btk

“This film brings us back to the harsh reality that we try so hard to escape”-Joe Forsberg

 SEXUAL SADIST-Over a period of at least 6 months, recurrent, intense, sexually arousing sexual fantasies, urges, or behaviors involving sexual acts in which excitement is reached by watching others suffer.

Dennis Rader, also known as “BTK” is responsible for the murders of 10 individuals; his nickname stands for Bind, Torture, and Kill. This man has no soul, no self-conscience, and did not show any remorse for any of his murders. Prior to becoming BTK, he got pleasure from torturing and killing innocent animals; he also obtained S&M magazines and received sexual pleasure when his mom spanked him. Dennis grew up in a healthy home without any signs of abuse; however, he did display signs of sexual deviance. Stealing panties and looking at porn was only the beginning; he had his fantasies and began to peep through windows throughout the neighborhood hoping to see women undress. This act is known as voyeurism and is a sign of a sexual disorder that could escalate very quickly; fantasy, voyeurism, and taking action is the process. The imagination could only take Dennis so far; he needed the reality, he needed to display the characteristics of a sexual sadist. He is known as one of the most brutal serial killers in American history and is defined as a sexual sadist who loved to masturbate prior to his victim’s death. He was even known for dressing up in women’s underwear and hanging himself from a rope in order to experience sexual pleasure; this activity is known as hypoxiphilia. He was an organized killer; these offenders have high level jobs (compliance officer/animal control), usually live with someone (was married), and they are sociopaths who possess the skills necessary to seem perfectly normal. No one would have ever expected that Dennis Rader was pure evil. “If he would have come to our door, I would have told him to come on in”-unidentified friend of Dennis Rader

With this information in mind, I am not here to praise BTK and give him the attention that he wants and craves; instead, I am here to discuss his victims and their survivors.

“If you read much about serial killers they go through what they call different phases, that’s one of the phases they go through, a trolling stage. You’re looking for a victim at that time and you could be trolling for months or years, but once you lock in on a certain person, you become stalking and that might be several of them but you really hone in on that person. They basically become the, that’s the victim. Or that’s what you want the victim.”-BTK

                Death is something we will never get used to; we see it on television and movies; but see it as entertainment and pure fiction. Nothing can prepare us for the real life events that prove that evil exists. The moment you look into the eyes of the family and friends who have lost someone special to them, is the moment you question the existence of god.

                 Marc Levitz’s documentary on the Otero family murders, ‘I Survived BTK’, brings us into the lives of those that survived and fought to overcome the travesty and devastation of seeing their parents, sisters, and brothers taken away from them in an instant; BTK changed their lives without any remorse. This is not a horror movie; however, this film is for horror fans. Unlike prior films, ‘I Survived BTK’ does not use the name BTK for pure entertainment; this documentary brings us back into reality and confirms that pure evil does exist outside the movie theaters. In fact, the documentary I received is the SPECIAL EDITION DVD, which is the only way to truly experience the terror and horrific events that would change the lives of Charlie Otero and his family forever! The UK version was censored due to the grotesque and disturbing footage; the SPECIAL EDITION DVD gives us an extra 1:10 seconds of unique footage that you have to see to believe.

In 1974, 15 year old Charlie Otero woke up and chose to leave for school early that day; as Charlie left for school, he had no idea that he would be seeing his parents and younger siblings for the last time. Upon coming home from school, Charlie heard the words that will haunt him forever. “Charlie come quick, mom and dad are playing a trick on us”– Danny (younger brother). Charlie went into the room only to find that his father was dead; his father’s eyes were bugging out, tongue was partially bitten off, and a belt was wrapped around his neck. Charlie looked at his mother and saw her lying on the bed in her robe; only it was not his mother anymore; she was just a pile of rags that he no longer recognized. She was not the religious, loving parent that raised him. “There is no god, I hate god, and I hate the world”-Charlie. It is clear that Charlie blamed himself; he felt that if he had not left early for school he could have been there and found a way to protect his family and escape from the hands of BTK. The term for the way Charlie was feeling is known as survivor’s guilt and was the result of this traumatic experience that his brain was unable to comprehend properly. Sometimes people do not even realize they are responding this way; they might think this is normal behavior; unfortunately it can lead to seeking revenge and other rash behavior; luckily Charlie did not let BTK get the best of him.

When the police arrived, an officer saw a little boy with a bag around his face; this terrifying image is something he will never forget. Someone took the life of an innocent boy who had no chance of defending himself. This young boy had his life taken away without being able to experience everything life had to offer. The officer went down stairs and found Josephine Otero hanging from her neck; it was clear she was on display for BTK to watch. There was enough semen left on the floor to equal five ejaculations.

Without giving away too much information from this beautifully directed documentary, I must say that I love the fact that this film was was pure cinema verité and was not scripted. The filmmakers just let the victims talk; there is no script for real life, and this demonstrates that perfectly. I think it is important to understand that the intent of this film is not to tell the story of BTK, it is about allowing the audience to see a family come together and show the power of desire and human will. When the filmmakers set out to make this documentary in 2004, they had no idea that the upcoming events would once again change Charlie’s life forever. The tragic events in their lives were not only regarding BTK killings, it was about everything they battled through in order to become normal again, which is all everyone wanted. This film teaches you about the important things in life; there is evil and there is death, but we are the ones that determine the outcome.

If you want an unrealistic slasher film that tries to tell the story of BTK, this movie is not for you. If you want the truth; if you want to see what true pain and agony is, along with how a family comes together at the most difficult time in order to overcome every obstacle, then there is no doubt in my mind that you would enjoy this documentary. I remember when I first received this and read that the budget was only 50K; to me that is a low budget. However, the directing and footage did not reflect the budget, it reflected the passion and motivation of everyone involved. The moment this film started, I had nothing on my mind except for the story that was being told. I was hooked; the emotions and storytelling was phenomenal. If you want a movie that is scarier than any horror movie you could every buy, then this documentary is for you. keep in mind that there is no substitute for reality; real life is the ultimate nightmare; People need to learn that these “humans” exist; there are people who torture simply because they can. Charlie went to hell and back and proved that BTK would not define the rest of his life.

Charlie explains that he watched ‘In Cold Blood’ a few days prior to the incident; the scene in the movie was almost identical to what happened to his family; he remembered his dad saying “thank god nothing like that has happened to us”. It was later revealed that BTK watched the movie several days prior to the killings. I do not believe the two things are related; however, it is an interesting topic for discussion. Notice that I mostly referred to the offender as BTK; I believe giving him a name would make him more human, and that just isn’t right.

“Scars only remind us of where we have been; they do not have to dictate where we are going”

Purchase the Special Edition DVD now!! Includes those bonus features you will not want to miss!!Bonus features include deleted scenes, an update on Charlie Otero, and a Photo Gallery that is not for the weak-hearted! http://unsubfilms.com/shop/

Deleted ScenesIncludes emotional content of the court proceedings including BTK explaining Otero family murders in full detail! Where he went, how he chose his victims, and what his sexual fantasies were are all answered in this section of the documentary. Extremely emotional, so please prepare yourself!

           Another deleted scene includes the emotional story of Steve Relford; a man who lost his mother at a  young age; she fell victim to BTK. He witnessed the murder of his mother and explains the details of that day; this is something everyone needs to hear! “I tried to untie the rope from my mothers neck, but I couldn’t”- Steve Relford. Steve believes we are products of our environment and explains the psychological effects resulting from this traumatic experience during the documentary.

“No words can describe the emotions felt; I have never cried during a movie/documentary until now. This will put chills down your spine and leave you in tears.”-Joseph Forsberg

PhotoGalleryContains extremely graphic content; this shit will turn you white!


For more information visit www.isurvivedbtk.com   or I Survived BTK Facebook page




Written by Joseph Forsberg

  1. insiderhedge says:

    Reblogged this on Parrot Reviews.

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