AD | Film Review 2019 - Bundy & The Green River Killer | Can Ted Bundy Help Catch A Serial Killer?

Monday, 13 May 2019

Film kindly gifted to me by 4Digital, AD because it contains a product gifted to me for the purposes of this review.

Well hello there, today I am here with another film review for you. This time it's a horror as it is my favourite genre of film and I oddly really like being scared! I may have to switch the lights on afterwards and watch a silly programme but I just love watching horror - call me weird but that's just me! 


 In 1984, police in Washington State are investigating a spate of serial murders committed by a mysterious man known as The Green River Killer. With no leads to go on, the detectives in charge of the case, Robert Keppel and Dave Reichert consult with psychologists in an attempt to get inside the mind of the killer. But when that doesn't produce a positive result and the killings continue, they realise that the only way to understand what makes a serial killer tick is to meet one. So they visit the imprisoned Ted Bundy, one of the most notorious serial killers in American history. 

They have their resolve tested as they get a disturbing insight into the murderous mind, but when the information Bundy provides assists the hunt for the Green River Killer, the detectives persevere. Eventually they build a twisted relationship with Bundy which forces the detectives to confront their own psychological demons before they finally come face to face with the Green River Killer. 

Ted Bundy is one of the most notorious serial killers in American history, he admitted to at least 30 homicides between 1974 & 1978 but who knows what the final number could be. There was good reason why the main detectives in charge of the case Keppel and Reichert go to visit Ted Bundy in prison - what better way to understand one serial killer by going to visit one? 

My Review:

I did like this film, mainly because it's linked to Ted Bundy and as we know he is *unfortunately* popular at the moment but I have to concede that it did lack something, like the detectives in charge of the case couldn't move forward or do anything until they'd spoken to Bundy when there were changes in the case! 

Like you're a bloody police officer DO YOUR JOB! I couldn't get past that aspect of the film to be honest, it just felt like inadequate and inefficient policing led to Gary Leon Ridgeway getting away with murdering up to 71 people (although the actual total could be closer to 90). 

Ridgeway's MO was to target prostitutes or runaways, women that wouldn't be missed by anybody - he would then rape and strangle them before dumping their bodies in wooded areas around the Green River area, hence his nickname. He would purposely contaminate his crime scene with cigarette butts, gum and litter to purposely throw the police off the case, he even moved two bodies to create a false trail. 

When the bodies started appearing, The Green River Task Force was started up in the hopes that they could uncover who he was and eventually arrest him. 

I feel this film was only made because of the link to Ted Bundy and how fans of his would lap it up - the only good thing about it was how Bundy helped the detectives to finally track down and capture Gary Leon Ridgeway. I just felt there was a severe mis-management of the case from the beginning and if I was one of the victim's families then I wouldn't be too happy with just how long it took them to arrest Ridgeway and put him away for life! 

Bundy And The Green River Killer comes out on DVD May 20th. 

Love, Sarah

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