Wifes and children of the Mormon Orville Beecham become victims of a massacre in his own house. The police believes the crime had a religious motive. Orville doesn't give any comment on the... See full summary »
J. Lee Thompson
Trish Van Devere,
In Los Angeles, the rookie Detective Paul McAnn teams up with the veteran Detective Leo Kessler to investigate the murder of Betty Johnson and her boyfriend that were stabbed by a naked serial-killer in a park. Detective Kessler recognizes the victim, who lived in the same neighborhood many years ago and childhood friend of his daughter Laurie Kessler. The killer Warren Stacy goes to the funeral and overhears Betty's father telling Detective Kessler that his daughter had a diary. Warren breaks in Betty's apartment and stabs and kills her roommate Karen Smalley trying to find the diary. But Karen had already delivered the journal to Detective Kessler. Leo Kessler is sure that Warren is the serial-killer and her plants a false evidence in his apartment. However, Warren's defense lawyer presses Detective McAnn accusing him of perjury and Warren is released. Now the Warren is stalking Laurie to revenge against her father. Written by
Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
The 16th March 1983 edition of show-business trade paper 'Variety' said "the title means nothing in the context of the film" and "J. Lee Thompson's direction, borrowing from Hitchcock [Alfred Hitchcock]'s editing in Psycho (1960), creates the full horror of blades thrusting into naked bellies without the viewer ever actually seeing it happen". See more »
At the end of the movie, McCann pulls up in a beige car. After Kessler shoots Stacy, the camera pans out and now there are black and white police cars everywhere and McCann's beige car is nowhere to be seen. See more »
Go ahead, arrest me. Take me in. You can't punish me. I'm sick. You can't punish me for being SICK! All you can do is lock me up. But not forever. One day I'll get out. One day I'll get out. That's the law! That's the law! That's the LAW! And I'll be back! I'll be BACK! And you'll hear from me! You and the WHOLE FUCKING WORLD!
No, we won't.
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One user comment sums this movie up as "standard fare"?! When push comes to shove there really isn't anything standard about "10 to Midnight."
The villain is a young, deeply disturbed man who turns on by knifing people to death in the nude, and needless to say the movie is filled with a large amount of nudity.
The hero is a veteran homicide detective who decides to stop at nothing to get his man, even if it means fabricating evidence. The latter part is portrayed by the grand-daddy of all tough action heroes, Sir Charles Bronson (OK, I know he wasn't a Sir, I just wanted to see how it looked :) Compared to most of the other movies Bronson did with director J. Lee-Thompson here he really turns in a memorable performance as detective Leo Kessler. Take for instance the scene where he finds the chief-suspects electric vagina, the look on Bronson's face is worth the price of admission alone! And the interrogation scene later where Bronson confronts the suspect with his sex toy: priceless!
The finale deserves notice for being both disturbing and downright scary, with it's echoes of the real-life Richard Speck-massacre in 1966.
If you are a Bronson-fan you are almost guaranteed to like "10 to Midnight", one of his best from the 1980's.
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