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Ted Bundy (2002)

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Director Matthew Bright (Freeway) directs this tale of one of the most notorious serial killers in the annals of crime. Standing in stark contrast to the generally accepted view of serial killers, Ted Bundy (Michael Reilley Burke) was intelligent, quick-witted, and handsome. Engaged to a beautiful fiancée who never suspected his murderous tendencies, the feral Bundy develops a taste for murder that ultimately results in the deaths of at least 19 young women through the course of the 1970s. From posing as an injured driver and luring unsuspecting women to their deaths to an astonishing pair of jailbreaks and his ultimate death by capital punishment, viewers follow the murderous madman on a crime spree that shocked a nation and left the public's perception of what a serial killer is truly capable of forever changed.

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Cast

Renee Madison Cole
as Mariam Cutler
Alexa Jago
as Betty Bundy
Tom Savini
as Detective
Tiffany Shepis
as Tina Gabler
Tricia Dickson
as Vincennes
Alison West
as Randall
Carol Mansell
as Mrs. Myers
Phoebe Dollar
as Richardson
Tracey Walter
as Randy Myers
J. Ray
as Buster
Jennifer Tisdale
as Pretty Girl
Michael Santos
as Man at the Window
Anna Lee Wooster
as Girl Attacked on Street
Eric Da Re
as Male Partygoer
Melissa Schmidt
as Female Partygoer
Orly Tepper
as Dead Girl in Woods
Jason Collins
as Washington Cop
Michael Keeley
as Washington Detective
Zak Ruben
as Bundy Victim
Laura Robb
as Bundy Victim
Emily Stofle
as Bundy Victim
Susan Featherly
as Bundy Victim
J. Marvin Campbell
as Utah Highway Trooper
Sharon McWilliams
as Aspen Female Deputy
Michael Meredith
as Garfield Guard
Deanna Dylan
as Chi Omega Victim
Bobby C. King
as Florida State Trooper
Randy Polk
as Minister
Joseph McDougal
as Florida Guard `Joe'
Steve Whelan
as Florida Guard `Smiley'
Danielle Parris
as Executioner
Jim Kundig
as Lee's Husband
Oliver A. Kindred
as `I'm Ted' Kid
Timothy Deeters
as `I'm Ted' Kid
Alexa Nikolas
as `I'm Ted' Kid
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Critic Reviews for Ted Bundy

All Critics (22) | Top Critics (6)

Exploitative and largely devoid of the depth or sophistication that would make watching such a graphic treatment of the crimes bearable.

October 7, 2002
Hollywood Reporter
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It's possible that something hip and transgressive was being attempted here that stubbornly refused to gel, but the result is more puzzling than unsettling.

September 19, 2002 | Full Review…
L.A. Weekly
Top Critic

An artsploitation movie with too much exploitation and too little art.

September 16, 2002 | Rating: 35/100 | Full Review…
Time Out
Top Critic

A trashy, exploitative, thoroughly unpleasant experience.

September 13, 2002 | Rating: 1/4
New York Post
Top Critic

Disturbingly superficial in its approach to the material.

September 12, 2002 | Rating: 2/5
New York Times
Top Critic

In the end, Ted Bundy's only justification is the director's common but unexplored fascination with the frustrated maniac; there's no larger point, and little social context.

September 10, 2002
Village Voice
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Audience Reviews for Ted Bundy

½

While it's somewhat interesting to look into this portrayed psyche of Bundy's, this film grows stale quickly. As soon as Bundy is caught, you know the film is essentially over. Stefani, playing Julie, fails to play a convincing role. The acting is generally poor in this movie, but it's especially bad on her end. Then there's the misogyny of this film; it's pretty intense. I realize that Ted was a serial killer who was known to rape and kill women exclusively, but still, the tone is really harsh here and it was a bit unsettling watching this. Have 96 minutes to spare? Well then, I wouldn't recommend it.

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½

Creepy, unrelenting and ultimately making you feel uneasy, Ted Bundy is the true story of the notorious serial killer. The film is decent for what it is, but it's not one of those pictures that are worth watching again and again. Actor Michael Reilly's portrayal of Bundy is chilling and is what makes the film work. This is a hard film to watch as it is a real life horror story about America's most depraved serial killer. I remember seeing this film when originally released, and it scared the hell out of me. Also it made me feel uneasy. Overall I thought it was a decent film, nothing good or great. However due to its content, it's only worth watching once. The performances are very good, and the lead actor is convincing as the demented title character. This film should appeal to people who are interested in such topics. This is nothing remarkable, and honestly I don't see why this film was made. Compared to Monster starring Charlize Theron, this one just lacks an effective script, and on many occasions, fails to be close to the true story itself. Either way, this is a true, horrifying story about a sadistic killer, and should only be watched by viewers that are interested in the subject. Other than that, there's nothing really rewarding or truly entertaining about the film. The film ultimately plays out like a low-budget made for TV drama horror flick that is decent due to its performances, but aside from that; this film is quite forgettable.

Alex roy
Alex roy

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It's a really sophisticated movie about Ted Bundy, ultimately horrifying. I wouldn't watch it again

Sylvester Kuo
Sylvester Kuo

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