Watch the Movie Trailer James Holmes Was "Enraptured" With

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Aug. 27 2012 9:22 AM

Watch the Movie Trailer James Holmes Was "Enraptured" With

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James Holmes makes his first court appearance at the Arapahoe County Courthouse in Colorado on July 23.

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One more detail from the lengthy New York Times profile on James Holmes that we told you about earlier today: The suspected mass killer apparently became enraptured with a four-minute trailer for a low-budget movie called Suffocator of Sins in the weeks before the Aurora shooting.

The Times explains:

Dave Aragon, the director of the low-budget movie "Suffocator of Sins," a Batman-style story of vigilante justice and dark redemption, remembers receiving two phone calls in late May or early June from a man identifying himself as James Holmes from Denver. The caller had become enraptured with the four-minute online trailer for the movie, Mr. Aragon said — "He told me he’d watched it 100 times" — and had pressed him for more details about the film.
"He came off as articulate, nervous, on the meek side," he said. "He was obviously interested in the body count."
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Here's a version of the official trailer for the movie that is currently uploaded to YouTube:

Note, 10:45 a.m.: As several commenters have pointed out, this particular version was uploaded on Aug. 1. But judging from the movie's Facebook page at least, the promotional roll out for the film started back in March. All that said, it should be noted that Aragon—who made similar claims to other media outlets besides the NYT—does not appear to have any evidence to support his story that Holmes indeed called him.

Josh Voorhees is a Slate senior writer. He lives in Iowa City. 

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