Charles Bronson: Midnight Man
Soon to follow The Mechanic (1972) and the sold-out Hard Times (1975) in Twilight Time’s roster of Charles Bronson releases, 10 to Midnight (1983) has the added cachet of being ripped from the headlines (the murderer targets student nurses, just as Richard Speck did in 1966) as well as the hot buttons of nudity, violence, vigilantism and the fine line between lawman and lawbreaker. Although it did give Bronson a cop’s badge of authority, he’s still the obsessive bureaucracy-busting justice-seeker of the two Death Wish movies that preceded 10 to Midnight. Later that year another screen cop would tackle the sexually charged case of a serial killer’s rampage, only with a gender reversal, as Clint Eastwood’s Harry Callahan tracks a female rape victim’s vengeful murder spree in Sudden Impact. Both movies have their kinky kicks, but Bronson’s thriller endures, for its fervent fans, as perhaps the guiltier pleasure. And there will be more TT Bronson action to come in future months. 10 to Midnight comes to hi-def Blu-ray from Twilight Time on September 8; pre-orders open on August 26.