Ted Bundy

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Movie Review by Neils Hesse

Starring: Michael Reilly Burke, Boti Ann Bliss, Alexa Jego, Tracey Walter, Joseph McDougal

Director: Matthew Bright

Ted Bundy (Michael Reilly Burke) seems to be the typical nice guy next door, university student, fairly good looking and apparently quite hip. However under the surface there lurks a dark side, which comes to the fore and he turns out to be an abusive boyfriend, impulsive thief, rapist and serial killer. This film kicks off with Bundy already in law school and as the story unfolds shows how he apparently just went on a raping/killing spree. It then graphically follows most of his apparent murders as well as exploring his relationship with his long-suffering girlfriend, Liz Kendall (Boti Ann Bliss), his escape from custody and ultimately climaxes with his execution.

Michael Reilly Burke excellently portrays Bundy as an outwardly normal, cool guy who conceals within himself very evil and grotesque needs that drive him to do inhuman things. His performance is at times both humorous and then ably switches to intense evil. Botti Ann Bliss gives an equally strong performance as a woman so in love that she is blind to all the obvious signs that something is deeply wrong. Director Matthew Bright handles the explicit murder scenes well but unfortunately through a lack of character development the film is left without a strong base for the characters to grow from.

Not for the faint hearted!

2 out of 6 stars