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Ted Bundy (2002)

The story of serial killer Ted Bundy.

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Lee (as Boti Ann Bliss)
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Girl Attacked on Street (as Anna Lee Wooster)
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Vincennes (as Tricia Dickson)
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Docu-drama based on the life of Ted Bundy, a serial killer who killed at least 19 young women during the 1970's (though some sources say as many as 30 to 35 were murdered). Set from his college student years, to his first victims, his capture, escape from prison (twice), his final killing spree to his trial, conviction and execution. Written by Anonymous

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Rated R for strong violence involving a sexual predator/serial killer, sexuality/nudity and language | See all certifications »

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22 November 2002 (UK)  »

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$1,200,000 (estimated)
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Trivia

Tom Savini had a bigger part which was cut. See more »

Goofs

When Ted is in the bar the music playing as if from the future. Break beats and "acid" sound are from mid 90's, but everything is happening in mid 70's. See more »

Quotes

Lee: [after Ted pushes her in the lake from the dock] What the hell?
[pause]
Lee: ASSHOLE!
[Ted walks away]
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Connections

Version of The Deliberate Stranger (1986) See more »

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Martha's Street
by Dominic Glynn (uncredited) and Martin Smith (uncredited)
Published by Chappell Recorded Music Library
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Horror in the true sense
25 November 2009 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

Matthew Bright's "Ted Bundy" gives us what might contain the best portrayal of a modern serial murderer on film. In the title role, Michael Burke is so revolting and psychopathic, he shows us what the slain and surviving women who met up with Bundy must have seen. His nonstop criminal was a compulsive thief and peeping tom before attempting to take a life for the first time. Ted follows a college gal home from a discotheque and, after he spies on her and masturbates in public while doing so, eventually in a subsequent scene, he steps up to the next level and beats a woman near death (that poor lady apparently survived her ordeal).

Once he has crossed that line, all hell breaks loose and any female who comes into his gaze could be a potential crime statistic. His relationship with Boti Bliss is a sick imitation of a loving man who positions himself in society as an upstanding figure and actually is a lethal destruction machine capable of taking lives until stopped by police or a bullet. Or both.

Ted later takes his homicidal self on the road and terrorizes several states in the Northwestern US (contrary to the urban legend concerning Debbie Harry, there's no evidence Ted ever went to New York). He manages to con person after person and the crime he eventually was sentenced to die for in Florida shouldn't have been logistically possible. He is the ultimate opportunist and his ability to resume his violence in the last third of the film when that should have been the end of his freedom will disgust any viewer in their right mind.

Too many filmmakers try to explain the motives for their subjects' acts. Bright and Burke simply present Ted as he was, a disturbed little boy who never "grew up", but enlarged into an adult offender with twisted fantasies of torture, rape and necrophilia that he brought into a world not ready to deal with these pathologies. He blamed the alcohol and pornography he consumed for his acts, of course, because the extreme audacity any felon like this would need to live with their lack of a conscience never admits that they are at fault.


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