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Brutal 'Alleluia' loosely tells story of Lonely Hearts Killers

Brutal 'Alleluia' loosely tells story of Lonely Hearts Killers

The Belgian-French import "Alleluia" is inspired by the late-1940s case of American criminals Martha Beck and Raymond Fernandez, a.k.a. the Lonely Hearts Killers. Although stylish and unsettling, the film can't hold a candle to the 1970 movie "The Honeymoon Killers," writer-director Leonard Kastle's electrifying, black-and-white cult classic about the murderous pair. (The strong 1997 Mexican drama "Deep Crimson" and the 2006 release "Lonely Hearts" also concerned the Beck-Fernandez crime spree.)

Unlike "Honeymoon," which took a stark docudrama approach to the lurid tale, "Aleluia" puts a looser spin on actual characters and...

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