10. 10 TO MIDNIGHT (1983)
Bronson’s 80s work is intriguing. You get the sense that he didn’t care if his films were viewed as filth or trash. He chose them because they paid decent and probably thought the material was vaguely interesting. I’m not ashamed to admit it — I have a soft spot for the urban, 80s tough guy crime movies. You know what you’re gonna get, but at the same time you don’t.
Bronson’s got an interesting villain (Gene Davis) in this. There’s a killer on the loose that gets back at the women who’ve rejected him. He’s meticulous in his approach, carefully setting up his alibis and kills his victims in the nude to minimize any evidence.
Remember that scene from American Psycho where Christian Bale runs around with a chainsaw, nude, covered in blood? That’s what Gene Davis does in this, only with a knife. It’s goofy, hilarious and creepy all at once. By design, I assume.
Anyways, it’s simple enough. Bronson’s gotta track this guy down. And he’ll go beyond the law to do it. Best watched with a lot of junk food and/or beer.
** 1/2 out of ****