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Actors: Doug Cole, Beverly Sotelo, Stacy Cunningham, Flynn Beck, Kaycee Shank
Director: Keith Walley
Genres: Horror, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Mystery & Suspense
UR     2003     1hr 19min

Based on the murderous rampage of serial killer Richard Speck, SPECK details the murder of 8 nursing students in a Chicago dormitory on July 13, 1966.

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Actors: Doug Cole, Beverly Sotelo, Stacy Cunningham, Flynn Beck, Kaycee Shank
Director: Keith Walley
Creators: Kirk Douglas, Lance Bachelder, Michael G. Maurer, Tammi Sutton, Aaron Pope, Don Adams
Genres: Horror, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Mystery & Suspense
Sub-Genres: Horror, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Mystery & Suspense
Format: DVD - Color
DVD Release Date: 06/24/2003
Release Year: 2003
Run Time: 1hr 19min
Screens: Color
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 3
Members Wishing: 0
Edition: Director's Cut
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Languages: English

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Movie Reviews

Read the book! This movie is a total waste of time!
Rds | Mcfarland, Wisconsin | 11/17/2005
(1 out of 5 stars)

"The horrifying Speck murders that occurred the night of July 14, 1966 on the south side of Chicago is a case that has fascinated me since childhood and, being an afficianado of true crime books, magazines, and videos, purchased this DVD on a whim hoping for an accurate and insightful account of what actually took place before, during, and immediately following that terrible night. To say I'm disappointed is a gross understatement. Inaccuracies within this pathetic attempt to capture these events are too numerous to mention and, as one reviewer already pointed out, this film truly IS an insult regarding respect for the victims and their families. Richard Speck was an animal and this movie seems to want you to sympathize with him in some sick way. Avoid it at all costs and instead read the excellent "Crime Of The Century" that vividly captures all you wish to know about this horrific case and the people involved.

I hold out hope that one day a truly accurate and descriptive movie regarding this shocking crime will be released to the public so that the eight lovely nurses, their beloved families, and those that helped put this monster behind bars once and for all truly get the recognition and spotlight they most heartily deserve."
Another Edition of the Notorious Killers Sort-of Set
David Anderson | St. Cloud, MN | 03/23/2005
(1 out of 5 stars)

""Speck", released on DVD in 2003, explores the mass murder that occurred in 1966. This edition follows the series of films based on real-life serial killers including "Dahmer", "Ted Bundy", "Ed Gein", and "The Hillside Strangler". However, the basis of this film, Richard Speck, wasn't a serial killer. This true account desplicts all eight individual murders committed in the nursing school house. The time it happened, no other mass murder reached or exceeded the severity since 1941 when 15 people were killed. Meanwhile, the film also explores the motives of his crimes and his past committed crimes: rape, threatened murder, theft, harassment, and others.

"Speck" didn't explore Richard Speck's life very broadly as they should have. Though the madness is fairly expressed, they didn't show much deep or specific details about events outside the massacre. The film contained too many empty scenes should have added more action and terrorism through the characters. They cause the intense scenes to loose their edge very quickly. Since this film is about mass murder, they should have added more suspense. Instead, every scene is predictable, even to those who have never researched this.

The acting is average, though the lead actor who played Speck expressed some strengths as an actor, namely in the rage scenes. He truly shows in his mannerisms and his face that Speck was truly dangerous. However, those who played the victims could have expressed more terror. It seems like they don't care as much as they should about dying suddenly. They don't seem deathly scared like the actual victims surely were. Had the actors dug deeper into their roles, this film could have contained the necessary emotional value.

Those wanting to experience true terror through film should not watch "Speck". This is not a film that will please many audiences. Instead, the other films from the serial killer semi-set are enjoyable, though they don't reach a five-star rating."
Hardly tells the real story
David Anderson | 09/02/2003
(1 out of 5 stars)

"Having been familiar with Richard Speck and his mass murder spree in 1966 and having read a book written by the Prosecutor who was responsible for putting Speck behind bars, I was expecting a much better movie than this. This movie sensationalized Richard Speck in a way he does not deserve. Bad movie. If you're looking for a good movie/docu-drama, see Helter Skelter instead."
tbickle | Metairie, LA United States | 05/30/2003
(1 out of 5 stars)

"This was a really awful movie. It could've been better, certainly, but I think that Richard Speck simply isn't a good subject for a feature-length movie. His killings take place over the course of only one night; most of the movie was limited to Speck dragging a girl from one room to another room, where he murdered her. That pattern was literally almost the entire movie. Furthermore, the film was composed of amny wavy, dreamlike shots, which only served to be annoying and boring after a while. Basically, Speck was extremely boring. The filmmakers did a bad job of portraying one grisly night in a deranged man's life."