10 to Midnight (1983) Bronson, Naughty Nurses And A Freaky Naked Creepo

10 to Midnight (1983) Charles Bronson vhs cassette tape video rental cover 80s thriller

Day 26 10 to Midnight from 1983

Tagline –BRONSON is back on the streets!… Forget what’s legal. Do what’s right…

Who’s our hero today?
That aging avenging angel Charles Bronson with his finger on the trigger ready to eradicate the evildoers of the world plays Leo Kessler.

Had I seen this one on VHS back in the day?
I was positive I had. Remember the video rental cover on the shelves. But when the murderer does his thing! I’m sure I would of recalled that? Unless I had wiped it from my mind?

10 to Midnight (1983) Charles Bronson leo Kessler detective cop

Quick plot run down.
When a horrific murder of young woman with connections to people he knows. A veteran LAPD detective begins to try and unravel the case. Saddled with a rookie new partner they both find themselves buried deep in a case involving a sick twisted psychopathic young man with a creepy quirk. The older detective has to pull out all the stops to convict this murderer striking again.

Does the hero have a day job?
Leo Kessler is a veteran Los Angeles police detective.

What’s our heroes special skills?
Will to go that extra mile even if it goes against everything the book says you shouldn’t do.

Heroes weapon of choice?
His trusty Colt Detective Special sidearm.

Heroes drink of choice?
On a usual day he’d be supping on the whisky I would say.

Does hero have a sidekick?
Rookie cop Detective Paul McAnn (Andrew Stevens) is drafted in to help Leo Kessler with the murder case. Along the way he has to deal with everyone saying to him “You don’t look like a detective” and have Leo’s naughty nurse Laurie try and seduce him.

10 to Midnight (1983) Charles Bronson Lisa Eilbacher sexy on bed on phone

Hot girl? Damsel in distress or ass kicker?
Being the daughter to detective Leo Kessler is never gonna be an easy thing. What with the late nights, splitting up with her mother etc but for one good thing to come out of it is Laurie Kessler (Lisa Eilbacher) is one level headed girl. She likes to say exactly whats on her mind and isn’t too shocked when a Mexican with a dodgy accent phones up talking dirty and threatening. She’s got her Daddies genes.

Who’s the main baddie?
Warren Stacy (Gene Davis) is the psychopathic serial-killer. He’s extremely creepy and odd. He has a quirk that when he goes into murder mode he does it completely in the nude. The plan being he will not get blood splashes on his clothes. So as long as his alibis are tight, which he always has perfectly worked out, there is no way to pin the murders on him.

10 to Midnight (1983) Charles Bronson Gene Davisnaked psycho

Baddies special skills?
He’s extremely intelligent with no morals. He’s smug and cocky having everything meticulously planned.

Psycho baddies rating out of ten? 10/10
Man this guy is off the charts psycho .

Heroes balls of steel and anger ratings out of ten? 9/10
He getting older but you never doubt Leo ain’t gonna go full ballistic to try save his daughter.

Surely it features a training montage scene?
Well seeing inside the freaky psycho’s mind as he plays out different scenarios in his head. From having sex, to being rejected, to revealing his fantasies and homicidal perversions. It’s extremely creepy and works scarily well to serve as a window inside this psychopath’s mind!

Does it feature an impossible mission?
Hey this is Charles Bronson we’re talking about here! Ain’t a problem he can’t fix!

Does the hero get a chance to show off their muscles?
Charlie saves all that muscle showing for when he’s rubbing his self down with MANDOM

Will I be needing to pause the video player? AKA are there any boobies?
Damn it! Yes there are quite a few but unfortunately every time there’s some naked flesh on the screen it’s ends in horrific murder! I will say here that all waiting for a Lisa Eilbacher show will be faced with disappointed. However I give props to one of the saucy nurses who does let it all hang out in the shower. She is Ola Ray otherwise known as Playboy Playmate of the Month June 1980 and Michael Jackson’s girlfriend in the video for Thriller.

Sex scene?
Luckily we aren’t privy to Warren’s bathroom alone time lovemaking session with his crazy looking masturbatory device. To be honest the thing looks like it would rip your fella clean off! What the hell is it FFS! Looks like a dolls leg connected to an electric food whisk! I guess don’t knock it to you’ve tried it but my ding-a-ling ain’t going nowhere near that medieval contraption!

10 to Midnight (1983) Charles Bronson Gene Davis and his home made sex toy

Any good totally random surprise scenes?
A naked murderer is pretty random but I’m gonna go for this little odd scene! Turning up at the his daughters hospital with his partner they join her in the canteen.
Laurie Kessler –That’s some lunch, Dad. Coleslaw and quiche?
Leo Kessler –I hate quiche.
Canteen Cashier –Then why did you get it?
Leo Kessler –I thought it was pie!

Films body count? Low/Medium/High
It’s probably medium in context to the other films this month but due to their savage nature this rating can only be set to high.

Innocent baddie death rate?
Not applicable

Explosion ratio? Low/Medium/High?
Unless I missed something I don’t believe there was any?

How many stuntmen probably really died making this film?
Not sure if any butt doubles were used or not but I’d safely say all stunt personal were more than likely ok. Hopefully no todgers were harmed during the making of this film!

Any cool car chases?
A few frantic drives to crime scenes but no car chases.

10 to Midnight (1983) Charles Bronson Gene Davis and his home Andrew Stevens

Best lines
Leo Kessler –You know what this is for, Warren? It’s for JACKING OFF!

Best Performance in the film award goes to…….
One of Laurie’s naughty nurses flatmates called Bunny played by Iva Lane. My gosh that was an incredibly tense scene. Terrifying! I can see why she did act much after that apart from an Alien called Zero Zero in Star Trek: The Next Generation

Any other familiar faces and actors pop up?
There’s few that pop up here and there.
Like Wilford Brimley who’s known for Cocoon (1985) and as Doctor Blair in The Thing (1982).
Geoffrey Lewis has one of those faces that have everything you watched when growing up. Night of the Comet (1984) Dillinger (1973) and High Plains Drifter (1973) to name a few.
Robert F. Lyons pops up regularly in Bronson films like Death Wish 2 (1982) and Murphy’s Law (1983)

Production Credits
10 To Midnight is directed by long time Charles Bronson collaborator J. Lee Thompson. He went Bronson crazy through the late 70s and 80s. With St Ives (1976) The White Buffalo (1977) Murphy’s Law (1986) and The Evil That Men Do (1984) being just a few. The film is written by William Roberts who wrote the screenplay for the John Sturges directed classic The Magnificent Seven (1960).

Cheese-O-Meter! Low/Medium/High?
The harsh subject matter takes most of the cheesy moments away.

IMDB score rating – 6.3/10

Wolfman ACTION & FUN rating – 7/10

Wolfman over all film rating – 7/10

Closing thoughts………………………………………….
To be honest this is that much of a action movie as I thought it was going to be but more a horror slasher movie. It’s strange hybrid mash of two genres and however freaky and creepy the killer is there’s no denying that Gene Davis portrayal of the psycho isn’t terrifyingly unique. The way he moves and talks. His mannerisms and oddness get under your skin. I’m not that much of a fan of slasher horror films but you could see this has an originality to it and that’s mainly down to Gene Davis.

PS 10 To Midnight (1983) is on Netflix at the time of writing.

Feel free to let me know your thoughts on the films if you want but please don’t feel you need to as I know it’s pretty relentless this month. However, most important, have fun with the movies.

Keep it filmy…. Mikey Wolf.

10 thoughts on “10 to Midnight (1983) Bronson, Naughty Nurses And A Freaky Naked Creepo

  1. I’ve never seen this one…YET…but you have me hooked with Lisa Eilbacher! Damn, she’s looking fine in that photo…love that ‘football jersey and nothing else’ look! I like the sound of Bronson’s character in this one, too…something in your review has me really liking this guy. So yeah, this will probably be a Top 5 of yours I want to see…I’ll have to do a final check, though, on February 1st.

    And “don’t knock it ’til you’ve tried it”? My friend, I WILL knock it, and my chopper ain’t going anywhere near it, either!

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    • It’s funny as when I put that photo of Lisa up in her football jersey I thought to myself Todd is gonna love this pic. 🙂
      Feb 1st shit forgot about one more post before I can sleep hehe. Actually I have a quick one planned where I hope to have the months 30 films all in ranked order. Best to worst 🙂

      If they really did sell that device! I can’t believe it is a real thing but if they did. There must of been a month or so of high pitched screams that plagued the city. No one knew what it was but men would be seen hobbling to work for days.


  2. This one has an increasing amount of cult fans falling for it and that’s in great part to the fact that Scream Factory put it out in a collector’s edition on blu ray. A film like no other with a nude killer running totally amok and a bold performance by Davis ( brother of Brad Davis Midnight Express) Boy did I have a crush on Lisa back in the day. I have fond memories of this film coming out when I was a teenage Bronson fanatic. Got ejected trying to sneak into the theater to see it. lol. wasn’t 18 at the time of it’s release. Less an action flick than an outright horror but a great addition to the Bronson catalog of titles. Slick direction from an old pro helps greatly as well. A fine addition to this months collection and hey, how about that hottie at the movie theater as well? In closing I’d like to say I grew out of being a teenage Bronson fanatic into an adult one.

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    • Superb bit of trivia with the Brad Davis and Gene being brothers. I had no idea. Gene makes the film what it is. His character is so creepy and he plays it so well. I read he liked to walk around in the nude to get people ready for it and in the scene with Lisa it noted that she wouldn’t look at his fella. So he tied a red bow around it! LOL.
      Yeah I can see the cinema being strict on this one, it’s really very brutal. Still shocks today.
      Good call on the movie theater hottie, yes indeed she was.

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