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?
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.
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.
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.
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!
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?
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.
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)
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).
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
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.