The China Lake Murders  [DVD]Tom Skerritt (actor)
Isaac Allan (actor)
Format: all-region dvd (worldwide)
Runtime: 95 min
Quality: Very Good
Don't be put off by the bland title, this is, in fact, a well-made, suspenseful thriller. A city cop who goes on holiday every year to the small desert town of China Lake becomes the chief suspect in a serial murder inquiry run by the town's sheriff.
It's essentially a taut battle of wills between the cop and the sheriff, and both the leads (Michael Parks and Tom Skerritt) bring much weight to their roles. The direction of TV-movie specialist Alan Metzger maintains the tension.