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Chicago Massacre: Richard Speck [DVD]

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On July 14, 1966, Richard Speck took 9 student nurses hostage. He held the girls, methodically beating, raping and stabbing them to death in one of the bloodiest mass murders in American history. Witness the terrifying story every fan of true crime must see.

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  • Actors: Corin Nemec, Amy Lyndon, Coley Feifer, Jake Riding, Theo Puckett
  • Directors: Michael Feifer
  • Writers: Michael Feifer
  • Producers: Michael Feifer, Barry Barnholtz, Deborah Templeton, Melvin Butters, Yaron Kaplan
  • Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
    R
    Restricted
  • Studio: Lions Gate
  • DVD Release Date: June 5, 2007
  • Run Time: 92 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 2.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (55 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000O76T5Y
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #108,211 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Chicago Massacre: Richard Speck [DVD]" on IMDb

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By Judi Fryer VINE VOICE on July 15, 2007
Format: DVD
I know this was a low budget film that went straight to video, still it is worth pointing out to potential viewers that while sometimes this happens to even good films, that isn't the case with this movie.

Poorly filmed, possibly in an unsuccessful effort to appear 'artistic', poorly acted, and very short on reality, this just turns out to be a waste of viewing time for nearly any viewer.

Those interested in 'True Crime' will be turned off by the lack of accuracy, as well as the absence of any real detailed truths. Viewers hungry for 'violence' will be disappoined that only one murder was actually enacted and little gore was depicted and even that will be considered tame and uninteresting by those who enjoy that sort of thing. Inconsistencies will bug even the casual viewer; such as the use of the terms 'forensics' and 'mass murder'; terms not in common usage even by police personnel in 1966. Though mass murder has occurred in the United States long before 1966 and 'forensics' has been practiced for centuries prior to Sherlock Holmes', the terminology had not crept into English usage at the time of these murders. The lack of forensics knowledge in tha era was however accurate in the film (no, not in the dicussion about the preservation of the crime scene, which was rarely a thought in 1966), but in the fact that the first dectectives on the scene freely touched doors and surfaces throughout their initial investigation. Even the locale of the killings was inaccurate. The nurses were murdered in a two-story townhouse setting (then referred to as apartments)not in a dormitory, as in the film. I would think one would be as easy as the other to obtain when scouting movie locales. Even the wardrobe seemed wrong for the era.

The movie-makers could have saved money by shooting in black and white and not lost anything in the exchange.

I would not recommend this film as a movie that any movie lover would likely find interesting.
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With a true crime story you would think the goal is to show what happened and to try and explain why it happened. The standard for such endeavors would be films like "In Cold Blood" and mini-series such as "Helter Skelter." There will be inevitable questions about how much you actually show and whether the explanations will prove at all satisfactory. "Chicago Massacre: Richard Speck" is about the murder of the eight student nurses in Chicago in 1966, which happens to be the first headline crime that I remember after the assassination of JFK. Way back then I was unaware of the story of Ed Gein or the way everything would seem to change after the Manson murders, and long before Michael Meyers) upped the ante in teh cinematic world of splatter flicks. After watching this direct-to-video 2007 film I know a bit more about the murders and the murderer, but not enough in either regard to have a better understanding, assuming, of course, such a thing is possible in such a case.

This film tries to weave together three time lines with the murders, the aftermath involving the investigation and Speck's conviction, and Speck's early life. Just playing with the chronology takes away from the sense of "Chicago Massacre" documenting a true crime story, but what we see does not really follow the murders laid out by the prosecution at the trial.
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I have got to think that maybe it's not a great idea to make feature length videos about dull-witted and very boring criminals who go on alcohol/drug-induced murder sprees.What we end up seeing is sa dull-witted and boring as the villian we watch, It's just not entertaining.

I knew this was a clunker from the first scene when "Texan" Richard Speck wearing what else but a cowboy hat steals his neighbors car and is chased on foot by a woman calling his name. This is the poorest character/location establishment I've seen outside an elementary school production.

Other lowpoints (or lowerpoints I should say) are the sole survivor Filipina nurse who confronts Speck in court. Here's a woman the viewer might want to empathise with, but not so. The actresses performance couldn't be crappier or more unbelievable had it been on Lifetime channel.
Locations are often poor. The crime scene could have used a few extras playing cops, as the only people who seem to be at the "crime of the century" are a very poorly portrayed detective and assistant. There are some anachronistic haircuts and speech as well, something that makes me think this was grinded out in a few weeks by a group of filmakers who lost interst (or money) before the project began.

Richard Speck was a dull man who became famous by a horrible act. "Chicago Massacre" is a dull and horrible video that will never be famous.
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During the opening credits the viewer is reminded that this movie is based on a true story. Chicago Massacre: Richard Speck is very loosely based on the real life crime that occurred in Chicago Illinois on July 14, 1966, when Richard Benjamin Speck, during a period of several hours, tied up, beat, tortured, raped and murdered eight student nurses from South Chicago Community Hospital. One of the original nine students hid under a bed during the murderous rampage and barely escaped with her life. During the trial she identified the man who killed her friends by leaving the witness stand, and pointing directly at Richard Speck when asked if she could identify the assailant.

This movie isn't terrible. The actors themselves do an okay job in their roles but the film is for entertainment value only. Many of the facts depicted in this version of the story doesn't match the details of the real crime. The murders resulted from stabbing and strangulation, but Speck is seen shooting one of the victims in this movie. This story also shows the nursing students residing in a college dormitory, but the murders actually occurred in an apartment/townhouse that was shared by only eight of the students. In addition, the terminology, such as "forensics" wasn't commonly used by detectives during the time this crime actually took place.

Corin Nemec plays an excellent role depicting the unlikable piece of human excrement who was Richard Speck. Following his trial, Speck was sentenced to death but the sentence was later reversed because the US Supreme Court threw out the Death Penalty. As a result Speck was incarcerated for the remainder of his life in prison. He died from a heart attack on December 5, 1991.
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