Movie Review: Alléluia is just another take on the Lonely Hearts Killers rampage

Certain crimes are so memorably horrific that filmmakers seem compelled to re-create them on-screen, over and over again. The murders committed by Raymond Fernandez and Martha Beck, who were dubbed the Lonely Hearts Killers when they were apprehended in 1949, have now inspired at least five feature films, the first of which was made so quickly that it premiered before they were executed in 1951. The most famous version remains Leonard Kastle’s cult classic The Honeymoon Killers (1969), but there’s also a highly acclaimed Mexican take, Deep Crimson (1996), as well as the less fondly received Lonely Hearts (2006), starring Jared Leto and Salma Hayek as Fernandez and Beck, with John Travolta and James Gandolfini as the detectives on their trail. The latest iteration, Alléluia, from Belgian director Fabrice Du Welz (Calvaire), slightly fictionalizes the characters (they have new names, at least) and shifts the action to the …

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