(NOTE: Lifetime has won the legal right to debut its original movie ”Romeo Killer: The Chris Porco Story.”
Chris Porco had filed a lawsuit to keep the movie from airing, and a judge issued an injunction March 20 to prohibit its broadcast. However, the network won an appeal today, March 21, to air the film, according to a news release.
Lifetime will air “Beyond the Headlines: The Real Romeo Killer” after the movie’s premiere. The one-hour special features the real-life characters in the true crime story and includes exclusive interviews with Porco, his ex-girlfriend and the police department’s former lead investigator on the case.)
In the Lifetime Original Movie “Romeo Killer: The Chris Porco Story,” Matt Barr stars as Chris Porco, a 21-year-old accused of brutally murdering his father Peter and disfiguring his mother Joan (Lolita Davidovich) with an ax in Delmar, New York.
The lead detective on the case Joe Sullivan (Eric McCormack) questioned Joan at the scene of the crime and he believed she identified Chris as the attacker, but weeks after the crime she denies she identified her son as the perpetrator.
Although Chris has no trouble in finding female supporters, Sullivan, along with prosecutors, believe he’s a sociopath who would’ve had much to gain as a result of his parents’ death.
This movie, inspired by a true story, is a serviceable interpretation, albeit a pretty low-key one.
Barr’s first-rate performance is a definite highlight and McCormack is also solid in the film.
“Romeo Killer: The Chris Porco Story” airs at 7 p.m. Saturday, March 23, on Lifetime.
– Melissa Hayer
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