Blue-Eyed Butcher: Lifetime's Susan Wright Movie, Viciously Reviewed by One of Her Attorneys

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Lifetime's version of Kelly Siegler
Susan Wright is the Houston woman who tied her husband to their bed and stabbed him 193 times. Kelly Siegler is the prosecutor who re-enacted that scene in court, bringing in a bed, tying a fellow prosecutor to it and then fake-stabbing him 193 times for the jury's sake.

Lifetime has made a movie out of all this, subtly titled Blue-Eyed Butcher.

Brian Wice represented Wright on appeal, got her sentence reduced to 20 years, and is portrayed in the movie.

We asked him to review it and he did, viciously and hilariously:

I spent 93 minutes of my life that I will never get back Leap Day morning, watching a sneak preview of Blue-Eyed Butcher, the Lifetime ("Television for Idiots") movie-of-the week (MOW) on the Susan Wright case that will air this Saturday at 7 p.m.

My objective and dispassionate take can be distilled to three words: Not Enough Wice. When I saw that an early bootleg copy of the script described me as "a handsome, early-fifties, sharp-dressed lawyer," it reminded me of what Otter told Flounder in Animal House: "It's gotta work better than the truth."

I was supposed to be in four scenes but like the Kevin Costner corpse in The Big Chill, I pretty much wound up on the cutting-room floor. Aside from a few evanescent shots of me in the courtroom taking notes during the trial, my small screen debut is limited to the movie's climatic final scene. More on that in a sec.

Simply put, this cinematic piece of dreck makes Showgirls look like Gone with the Wind, a toxic amalgam of cliche, banality, and bombast that is not just cheesy, but positively slathered in queso, as over the top as its title, and as empty as Kim Kardashian's head.

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Susan digs away in the film
Fortifying the notion that any MOW "based on a true story," must include myriad scenes that never took place, the screenwriter of this bomb, Michael J. Murray, does not disappoint, inventing an opulent Jeff-Susan wedding and reception fit for royalty, a tag sale where Susan sells Jeff's personal effects to pay her legal fees until her apoplectic lawyer chases everyone off the front lawn, and a scene where Susan overrules her lawyer's advice not to testify because, as she posits, channeling Sally Field, "they will really like me." Murray also dug down deep to come up with such cutting-edge kernels of dialogue as, "You'll be the death of me, pretty lady," and "Oh, Susan, you just met Mr. Wright!" and "You look just like a whore."

Even before the opening credits have rolled, the viewer must suspend disbelief, what Samuel Taylor Coleridge, who should have snagged a producer credit on this schlock-fest, defined as "the temporary acceptance as believable of events or characters that would ordinarily be seen as incredible." Picture the snuff-colored beaches of Galveston as the honey-glazed seashore of Malibu, Jeff's institutional-like southwest Houston apartment as a chic condominium in Santa Monica, a nondescript prosecutor's office as the wainscoted chambers of a Supreme Court justice, and Susan's pre-marital girl posse as bikini-rocking SI swimsuit models, and you begin to get the picture.

And what of the all-star cast? In keeping with the constitutional mandate that the players in any MOW must not have faces that scare small children, everyone in this movie looks like they just came from brunch and botox at the Chateau Marmont:

Semi A-lister Lisa Edelstein, who played Cuddy on House and is now on The Good Wife, plays former rock-star prosecutor, Kelly Siegler.

Justin Bruening, who made his bones on All My Children, a leaner, meaner version of Stiffler from American Pie, and whose acting skills run the gamut from A to B, is Jeff Wright.

Sara Paxton, whose highlight-reel includes the straight-to-DVD classic Shark Night 3D, looking a whole lot sexier in her underpants than her infinitely more-famous doppelganger, Reese Witherspoon, plays Susan.

Even the Wright's family dog, a dedicated veteran of the method school of acting who steals every scene he is in, endures a Hollywood make-over, from a rabid cur to a romping Me and Marley-like Labrador retriever who digs up Jeff's body with the same playfulness he would have fetching a stick.



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39 comments
Grjul
Grjul

I think ur awesome if I ever need to appeal your my man lol!! BUT I WONT BE LOL'N THEN....

Grjul
Grjul

None of you people are funny your idiots.... Maybe you guys should start screen righting for lifetime you fit right in LMFAO!!!!!!

Grjul
Grjul

I agree especially if she had PTSD. I was in an abusive relationship for 14 yrs that I got into right out of high school I also started a good job i had for 16 yrs until I too developed PTSD. NOW My son and I were able to get free of my husband with 5 yrs consecutive restraining orders. Many times I stood over him with a butcher knife when he slept I just didnt have the courage Susan Wright Had now Im. On SSI

Patrick Hudson
Patrick Hudson

Every one seems to be interested in making a movie out of hot topic or hot news. No one seems to think about the consequences of it on the viewers such as showing the movie on the murder case to children and kids.

KRL
KRL

Lisa Edelstein was the only good thing about this movie. She was amazing tbh

Nofrackingway0002
Nofrackingway0002

Susie should've been free it was self defense and clearly she was going crazy after all she took for that bastard he deserve to die .

E.j.
E.j.

Do a Google image search for "Kelly Siegler." You'll see picture of her doing the knife stabbing on the bed reenactment -- courtroom dramatic worthy of a Matlock season finale.

Brdynncy
Brdynncy

That woman prosecutor is a disgrace to all women. She should spend some time touring a domestic violence shelter or visit some victims in the ICU. The real crime here is that Susan Wright is serving time and her kids are being raised by the monster's family. The bastard got what he deserved. The jury obviously was not educated on domestic violence and the defense did not do enough to inform them. I don't know how those jurors live with their decision. Let this serve as a wake up call to all abusers. This guy got exactly what he deserved and in the manner he deserved to get it.

robingee
robingee

Sara Paxton was also in Innkeepers and Aquamarine, which were both delightful films! Watch that not this!

konika
konika

cant believe iht.but then again ii can becuzz the world is crazy right now..and we have dumb,stupid,and crazy ppl in the world that needs help

Michelle McCollough
Michelle McCollough

and SHE WAS AS SWEET AS CAN BE,I WAS EVEN CALLED TO HER TRAIL WHEN SHE GOT A LEESER CHARGE 20 yrs...AFTER THERE WAS A NEW DA,CONNIE SPIENCE in HOUSTON  MADE ME GO TESTIFY  ,AND WELL LETS JUST SAY SHE IS "A GREAT LIAR" AND WAS ALWAYS COOKING FOR ME IN PRISON ,KEEPING OUR CELL CLEAN SAD,BECUASE I SAT WITH HER(JEFFS FAMILY) HER HUSBAND AND THEY WERE SO UPSET HIS DAD,MAINLY WAS HURT ,OLD AND HEARTBROKEN,IT KILLS ME TO THINK SHE GOT AWAY WITH IT! AND I WAS LOCKED UP WITH HER FOR 2yrs.TALKED ABOUT EVERYTHING .ANYWAY..CAn't beileve THERES A MOVIE -wonder if she made it or the Family.....

Flightgir321
Flightgir321

hahaha.  Fantastic review.  You should have wrote the screenplay.  Loved it.

Hey you!
Hey you!

That, sir, was indeed more entertaining than the movie probably will be. If you ever decide to write, I would certainly like to know!

BMcD
BMcD

"former Victoria Secret model turned Fox eye-candy, Kimberly Guilfoyle,"  - Uh... she was actually a pretty well known prosecutor in SF before the Fox gig. Don't know how you could have missed that... 

Stevotx
Stevotx

Weired, I was inside the townhome this murder took place in yesterday, It's on the market. My freind is looking to buy it as a rental property. Funny, the realtor didnt mention any of this...... Some freindly neighbors filled us in.

sickbassturd
sickbassturd

One would have to ponder, what is Brian Wices' SQPD Index value compared to SJLs' ?

Lady Writer
Lady Writer

That was awesome. Can we get him to review every Lifetime MOW? I think his scathing commentary on something like "Mother, May I Sleep With Danger?" would be exactly what my Friday needs.

Largeandsmall
Largeandsmall

@Nofrackingway0002 I actually knew Susan before she got married. Maybe the husband abused her,but that girl was flat out crazy. She would create events for drama and attention. Perhaps she was abused earlier in life. I witnessed first hand how she fabricated things that did not happen - she accused a group of guys of being in appropriate with her some of us were not even at the event she claimed it happened. She had a malicious and sociopathic need for attention without regard to the impact her actions had on others. Maybe she was abused by her husband, but there is more to this than any of us will ever know.

David Houston
David Houston

She could always have left him, and gone to the police if she was having domestic problems.  However who is the bigger monster in this story? There is no act of domestic violence more serious than going berserk with a knife and killing your partner.  The words Creepy Bitch spring readily to mind. Is it not the case that she filed a domestic abuse report the day AFTER she'd murdered him and buried him in the garden?

HLP1
HLP1

Are you serious right now?! So, you must no for a FACT that this man beat this woman...My guess is NO! How dare you say he deserved to get it.....News flash...he is DEAD! So what you are saying is he deserved to die because he was accused of domestic violence. She could have left him, called the police or reached out for help...there are many shelters available for battered women. So, NO she had NO right to take matters into her own hands. There are laws in place for a reason..so that people like you do not go around thinking any killing is justifiable. 

Unknown
Unknown

like u really know that butcher. lol......

Kshinn
Kshinn

wat was it like to share a cell with her?

Brian Wice
Brian Wice

Actually, I did know.  I have known Kimberly since we both were on the "Abrams Report" on MSNBC (she later guest-hosted and gave her TV career a huge jump-start) in the days after she had quit her gig as a top-flight SF prosecutor.  When Kim was at the network formerly known as Court TV (now Tru TV), I was a guest on her show dozens of times and had the great privilege of becoming her friend.  She is a multi-talented broadcast journalist who is obviously much more than a colorful sound bite.  Knowing Kim, I am sure she would be the first to laugh at my description, at least before she gave me a playful smack on the side of my head.

David Houston
David Houston

Isn't it required by law that they have tell you things like this?  I sure as hell wouldn't want to live there.

Adshr
Adshr

i before e, Stevotx

robingee
robingee

oooh, Mother May I Sleep With Danger is my favorite!

Whatever
Whatever

 None of us know what went on behind closed doors in the Wright household.  Also, the laws does not always serve and protect people that really need it. There are plenty of women that have followed the right steps (went to the Police left and went to a shelter) and still end up dead.  I don't condone killing a person in cold blood but sometimes you have to do what you have to do to protect yourself and the well being of your children.  

Susan
Susan

@HLP1 Im gonna say what everyone has heard a million times before,that no one whose never been TERRORIZED - look the definition of terrorism in the dictionary - knows the psychological/emotional/mental effect that has on a person. When I saw her story,by chance,on some crime show and saw and heard what she was saying,I was transported back to a time in my life where I TOTALLY understood the fear that felt. That the man she stabbed might still be comin for her. Don't act like you know ANYthing about real terror.

Msantosbell
Msantosbell

Sounds great but in reality it doesn't work that way; only if the law and life were ideal...

HLP1
HLP1

*know not no

Woefatcat
Woefatcat

 Your talents are wasted in a court room, sir.

Bre_8706
Bre_8706

Ok smarty pants. The typos are weird spelled weirded and friend spelled freind. Now you can look like a dumbass too. Go back to germany you grammar nazis who cares about a misspelling in a comment posted to a blog? 90% of all commemts are grammatically incorrect from spelling to format to simple punctuation and grammar. Grow up

Laurie
Laurie

 'I' before 'e' except after 'c.' And 'weird' doesn't count because it's just that-- weird.   But, not weired ... just weird.

Tassielynn
Tassielynn

i before e, with exceptions such as weird ...

Msantosbell
Msantosbell

Good for you Jasmin. I admire your courage ;).  Unfortunately women who are killed by their abusers are killed when they try to leave

Jasminlopez24
Jasminlopez24

That is so true I was in an abusive relationship for nine yrs couldn't have friends talk on the phone and would get hit I. Would get verbaly and mentally abused i would leave him but take him back because we had a daughter I used to call the cops but nothing was done luckily it didnt go past worst after my second child I decided enough was enough left him and put a restraining order on him its been three years the first year n a half he still bothered me threaten me etc n the restraining order wasnt helping at all but thnxs god he has left me alone after an ugly confrontation... I suffer of depression and more but I manage to keep going for my kids im not saying that she is right for what she did but their is alot of woman out their that they go through things like this on a everyday life they just need to know how to b strong hold on n say enough n walk away before the worst happens but some can't take it and they snapp

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