Ted Bundy (2002) Movie Review

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Ted Bundy (2002)

2002 | R | Horror, Thriller, Drama, Crime, Biography
99 minutes / 1h 39min

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Ted Bundy Plot Synopsis:

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.

Ted Bundy (2002) Review

Ted Bundy (2002) aka Bundy (2002) is a 1h 39-min rated R American crime drama biography film that dramatizes serial killer Ted Bundy crimes. Director and co-writer Matthew Bright (Freeway (1996), Forbidden Zone (1980), Freeway II: Confessions of a Trickbaby (1999)) did an average job executing this film that portrays Ted Bundy’s life. The movie contains sexual content/scenes, nudity, murders, implications of raping a young school-age girl, bad language, violence, suspense, and tension.

Michael Reilly Burke portrayed/play Ted Bundy in Ted Bundy (2002) and gave us a decent performance doing so. Ted was a friendly law student in 1974 in Seattle, Washington, and no one saw the killer that lies beneath his innocent looking face. Ted started by watching females through their windows while he masturbated and something triggered the killer in him - he murdered his first victim. Ted began faking injuries such as broken arm, broken leg, and other body parts so that he can lure young females into his vehicle. He also disguises himself as a police officer at times. Ted left a trail of murders through the United States that was not pretty. No one suspected Ted of being the murderer because he was a regular average guy who was politically active.

Ted was arrested in 1975 after one of his victim, Tina Gables escaped his moving vehicle and gave officers a description of his vehicle. Officers found many items in his trunk including knives, a hand saw, handcuffs, mask, ropes, etc. The movie progresses to showing us glimpses of what happened in Ted Bundy’s life.

I was not thrilled about seeing another movie about Ted Bundy because I think one movie (biography) about a serial is more than enough publicity they need. I feel as though some people may commit murders so they can gain fame regardless if it is in a bad or good way. The gory details and nudity in this film was not needed and was overdone. There was a few fault in the movie such as real names were changed as well as some of the dialogue and music was not done correctly was a film that is supposedly taking place in the 1970s. There was also a few factual errors, and the drab editing did not make this movie any better. I wish that there was more information/story on Ted Bundy’s trial and death.

With all said about the movie, it received my undivided attention throughout because it was shot nicely and Michael Reilly Burke was the right person to play the part of Ted Bundy. Some of the scenes were done fabulously where they were brutal as can be and mind boggling disturbing. Some of the scenes might be too realistic for viewers and might leave them fearing for their lives when exiting their home.

  • Ted Bundy Rating Scores
  • Our Score: 5
  • Overall Score: 4.72
  • IMDB: 5.9
  • MetaCritic: 3.7
  • Rotten Tomatoes: 4.1

About Ted Bundy 2002

Title: Ted Bundy
Year: 2002
Runtime: 99 minutes
Type: Movie
Genre: Horror, Thriller, Drama, Crime, Biography
Reviewer: Score: 2.5 / 5 stars Avg. Rating: 2.36/5 stars from 6,491 users.
Total Avg. Votes: 6,491 MPAA Rating: R
Ted Bundy Cast Starring: Tom Savini, Tracey Walter, Michael Reilly Burke, Bobby C. King, Tiffany Shepis, Jason Collins, Deborah Offner, Eric DaRe, Carol Mansell, Jim Kundig, Sharon McWilliams, David Schroeder, Alexa Jago, Boti Bliss, Julianna McCarthy, Deanna Dylan Scott, Annalee Autumn, Tricia Dickson, J. Marvin Campbell, Wayne Morse, Meadow Sisto, Gary H. Walton, Steve Whelan, Phoebe Dollar, Danielle Parris, Melissa Schmidt, Zarah Little, Alexa Nikolas, Jesse James Rutherford, Alison West
Ted Bundy Writers: Stephen Johnston, Matthew Bright
Ted Bundy Director: Matthew Bright
Production: First Look
Language: English
Country: UK, USA