October 20, 2014

31 Days of Creepy Scenes, #12: Just like Richard Speck

They've given us nightmares, given us chills, made us cringe, made us  laugh, made us gag, and made us stare at the screen in awe: these are the scenes that pop into our minds when we think of great Horror Films, and we love them all.

*We recommend that if you've never seen these scenes before, that you  experience them for the first time unspoiled in the movies that they come from, if you can. With that in mind, we'll try to be as spoiler-free as possible while discussing them; try, being the key word here.

10 to Midnight is a cross-genre movie that combines elements of a Cop thriller, with those of a slasher Horror movie; it is about a Cop chasing after a serial killer after all. The serial killer side of things is also based off of the murders of Ted Bundy (because the killer is handsome) and Richard Speck (because of the scene we're discussing here today.)

Charles Bronson loved to play Cops or vigilantes who were out for revenge, and would shoot any and all bad guys that had it coming. In 10 to Midnight, he plays a hard-boiled detective on the trail of an elusive serial killer, who eventually sets his sights on his daughter. The showdown between the two ends in glorious, 80's fashion. Seriously, it's a kick-ass ending.

Not only does 10 to Midnight have one of the best endings of any Cop movie of the 80's, but it also boasts one of the most terrifying scenes of any that we saw in the 80's, due largely in part to the fact that it was based off of a real life massacre in which mass murderer Richard Speck killed an apartment full of student nurses. *The murders took place in Chicago, in 1966.

With the real life murders, Richard Speck held the student nurses captive for hours, terrorizing them all, and then lead them out of the room one at a time, to stab them to death. He also raped at least one of the girls. The most terrifying part of the entire ordeal is that one of the nurses who lived in the apartment had managed to hide under a bed, unbeknownst to Richard Speck, and was forced to listen to him kill all of her friends over the course of the next six hours. He never found her, and more importantly, her friends (who knew that she was hiding) never gave her location away. Not even in hopes of saving themselves.

If that's not the pinnacle of terror, I don't know what is.

The movie scene is just reminiscent enough of the real life events to make it extra chilling, because it's horrifying to imagine the events of that scene (which runs for only a few minutes) taking place over the course of six long hours..

10 to Midnight is a really good serial killer movie that has more bloody kills than we would have expected out of a Charles Bronson movie. If you've never seen it, it's definitely worth watching, at least once.

I wish we could have found a video of this scene for you, but it's nowhere to be found online. Copyright laws, and all, we guess.


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