Hollywood's serial killer follies continue with SLAUGHTER OF THE INNOCENTS, a lurid $6.5 million effort intended for theatrical release but dumped into cable TV and home video instead. An unworkably schizoid plot tries at once to be a nerve-wracking thriller about a mass-murderer and a
tender family drama about a loving father and his precocious son.
Dad is Agent Stephen Broderick (Scott Glenn), a Cleveland-based fed called on for the roughest cases. His unofficial partner is pre-teen offspring Jesse (Jesse Cameron-Glickenhaus), boy criminologist and computer whiz who isn't above walking in on his naked parents' post-coital bliss to announce
a new clue in the...