Population Zero

“The perfect film for horror fans who also love Serial and Making A Murderer”

Out on:Download 10th April 2017

Fast sell:

The Blair Witch Project meets Catfish and Making A Murderer, as a filmmaker travels to Yellowstone park to unravel a shocking murder mystery, where a guilty man walked free because of a bizarre legal loophole, in this sensational mix of horror and crime documentary.


In 2009 three young men were killed in a remote part of Yellowstone National Park. Hours after the trio were gunned down, Dwayne Nelson confessed to the crime. Despite this, Nelson was allowed to go free because of an American Constitution loophole.

Documentarian Julian T. Pinder travels to Yellowstone in a chase for truth behind a crime that should have rocked the nation. How did a guilty man go free? In his hunt for answers Pinder risks his own life when he finds evidence that could re-open the case years later – evidence that Nelson is keen shouldn’t come to light.

We like it because:

Take horror thriller director Adam Levins (Estranged), and team him with acclaimed documentarian Julian T Pinder, and you get the unique and unsettling Population Zero, a part fact, part fiction look at murder, madness and American justice gone wrong.

The starting point for the film is the incredible fact that there is a strip of land in the USA where you can literally get away with murder, in Yellowstone National Park – because no one lives there, a jury cannot be made up to try anyone accused of murder in that area.

The film fascinatingly mixes true fact – it was inspired by an article entitled The Perfect Crime, which documents the staggering legal loophole whereby a killer can get away scot free – with a heartstopping crime thriller element, as Pinder closes in on the truth while the deadly Nelson closes in on him; and uses the extraordinary photographic sensation Bison vs Buffalo as a motif for the film.

Beautifully filmed against the stunning wilderness, and painstakingly put together to the point where fiction blends into fact and back again, Population Zero is thought-provoking, multi-layered and chilling, a must for fans of Making A Murderer, The Jinx, and Paradise Lost.

Hot Quotes:

“The perfect film for horror fans who also love Serial and Making A Murderer” UNILAD

“The intrigue of Making a Murder meets the terror of Blair Witch” Nerdly

“Genuinely shocking, I was on the edge of my seat.” The Hollywood News

“Keeps you guessing to the very last reel” Loaded

“Does for murder mysteries what the Blair Witch did for horror.” Hey U Guys

“Gripping and incredibly convincing” Britflicks

“Will dazzle and confound” ★★★★★ Eye For Film



Frightfest Presents
Release date
10th April, 2017
Digital release
10th April, 2017
Running time
82 mins approx


Julian T Pinder (Jesus Town USA) & Adam Levins (Estranged)