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Ted Bundy 2002 R CC

Both handsome and charismatic, Ted Bundy, the most notorious serial sex killer in America, was virtually undetectable and changed the mass murderer profile forever.

Starring:
Michael Reilly Burke, Boti Bliss
Runtime:
1 hour, 39 minutes

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Product Details

Genres Drama, Thriller, Horror
Director Matthew Bright
Starring Michael Reilly Burke, Boti Bliss
Supporting actors Julianna McCarthy, Jennifer Tisdale, Michael Santos, Annalee Autumn, Steffani Brass, Samantha Tabak, Meadow Sisto, Eric DaRe, Melissa Schmidt, Deborah Offner, Zarah Little, Alison West, Matt Hoffman, Renee Intlekofer, Orly Tepper, Jason Collins, Michael Keeley, Diana Kauffman
Studio First Look Studios
MPAA rating R (Restricted)
Captions and subtitles English Details
Purchase rights Stream instantly and download to 2 locations Details
Format Amazon Video (streaming online video and digital download)

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...well, you're still going to be waiting.
As in "The Deliberate Stranger," the details of Bundy's crimes and victims are shuffled around (although this movie is more true to life as far as plain facts go) and very few real names are used. For example, Bundy is seen kidnapping his last victim, "Suzanne," but then footage from the actual press conference after his execution is shown, and is it said he was executed for the murder of Kimberly Diane Leach (her real name). It can be confusing for a viewer familiar with the facts of the case; I spent chunks of time trying to keep straight in my head which character represented which victim.
There are other small film clips of the real Bundy, which really make you sit up and pay attention. I thought they were a good addition to the film; to me, it reminds viewers that this is not just a story, it actually happened.
Disappointingly, the movie puts much of its focus on Bundy's relationship with "Lee," the model for Elizabeth Kendall (who later wrote "The Phantom Prince"), and virtually ignores his friendship with true crime writer Ann Rule (who was writing stories about the missing girls during the time Ted was killing them) and marriage to Carole Ann Boone, who later gave birth to his daughter.
The movie seems to draw on Robert Keppel's "Riverman: Ted Bundy & I Hunt the Green River Killer," which included gory details of Bundy's last minute confessions to Keppel. Some details are recreated for the movie, with very disturbing images. Hopefully, that would be a sure-fire cure for the "over 200 women" who wrote Ted while he was on Death Row to tell him they loved him (a fact mentioned at the end of this movie).
Another reviewer mentioned that the execution scenes were a protest against the death penalty.
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Format: DVD
As a female who grew up in the '70's, I found the movie "Ted Bundy" to be a fascinating account. At the age of thirteen (close to the age of his last victim), I had seen the newspaper photographs of the chameleon-like Bundy. I had heard the stories of this serial killer, who was always portrayed as a suave and brilliant charmer. He struck fear in my heart. He was a monster. My recent viewing of Matthew Bright's "Ted Bundy" has now forever erased that image of the serial killer. Instead, I have a more accurate picture of the pathetic, loser freak/geek that Bundy actually was.

Years before, I had seen the made-for-TV version of Bundy's story, played by the very good-looking Mark Harmon. Actor, Michael Reilly Burke, had more of the look of Ted Bundy; good-looking, yes, but not in Harmon's pretty-boy sort of way. Burke sometimes looked pale and waxy, with dark circles under his eyes, much like Bundy sometimes appeared in photographs and news clips. I thought Burke's portrayal was excellent.

The movie exclusively focuses the story from Bundy's perspective, giving it a unique feel. This isn't about the victims or the police investigation. This is about Bundy's bizarre and twisted world. Rather then a brilliant man gone terribly wrong, he is shown as a petty shoplifter; stealing money out of a woman's purse, stealing a potted plant from a nursery, etc. He is shown as a creepy necrophiliac, as he puts make-up on one of his victim's severed head and tells her that she's "so pretty", kissing her lips fondly.

Bundy's insecurities are in full display as he tells his girlfriend, in a sniveling, little-boy sort of way, that he just wants to be normal. In another scene, he viciously shouts at a victim that women like her don't like guys like him. (Not an exact quote.
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There has been a recent wave of new exploitation films centralized on serial killers. This movie about Ted Bundy is bound to get a cult following. Only twenty minutes into the film and Ted has killed several women, masturbated in public, tortured his girlfriend and is playing with mummified corpses. If this is your sort of thing, then Ted Bundy will deliver on all counts.
This is a shocking film and the cruelty that Ted inflicts on his female victims defies belief. Ted Bundy is played exceptionally well by Michael Reilly Burke in a deadpan manipulative way when he is acting normal with his girlfriend and others, but when he is out killing (which comprises about 95% of this movie) his character opens up in leaps and bounds with lashing of black humor. Check out the scene where he tries to explain the "rape gear" during an interrogation with a detective or how he plays a cop to get a woman into his killing vehicle of choice (a bright yellow Volkswagen Beetle) at the shopping mall.
Bundy is one dominating and controlling character and the film does disturb and is extremely sexually graphic in nature. Instead of delving too much into Bundys background, the investigation or his psychology, the director goes for straight out exploitation. So how does it pan out? The truth is that this film does nothing to honor Bundys victims, treats women very badly (except for the twist ending) and IS exploitation through and through. It is often funny and hilarious in a black sort of way. Is it morally right? NO! Is it political correct? NO! Does this film have a message? NO!........... but it sure as a hell is a ton of fun in a "Texas Chain Saw Massacre" sort of way. In short the exploitation films of the 70s have just been given a revamp in this great low-budget murder-fest that never tries to be anything more than what it is - adult popcorn fodder, and for that it gets five stars.
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