10 Rillington Place (1971)

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Avg Rating: 4.4 / 5. Voted: 23

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Directed by: Richard Fleischer
Starring: Richard Attenborough (John Christie), John Hurt (Timothy Evans), Judy Geeson (Beryl), Pat Heywood (Ethel Christie)
Country: UK; Effed Up European Films
Language: English (Optional Eng Subs)
Runtime: 01:50:54
Genres: Serial Killers, Sexual-Violence against Women, Based on a True Story

Plot – Spoilers:
Based on British serial killer John Christie, this covers some of his killings, but is more dedicated to the travesty involving Timothy Evans, whom Christie managed to successfully blame for some of his work. The real Christie’s necrophilia is also avoided here.

The beautiful opening scene of a woman walking to her death on a 1940s street that’s lit only by her torchlight, while being waited on by a creepy man peering through his slightly open curtains sets the tone for a film that critically examines the manipulation of people’s trust, particularly when they’re vulnerable and suffering a medical condition.

John Christie lives with his blind-eyed wife at 10, Rillington Place, where he murders most of his female victims, pretending to be an almost-doctor. Christie is semi-educated and able to convincingly act grand enough around his victims, who are too uneducated to see through the mistakes he makes while pompously delivering lines like, The liquid takes out the carbon monoxide, or CO2, as we call it.

Richard Attenborough plays John Christie with a calm grace that makes it believable that a fraud could actually convince the unsuspecting about his qualifications. Wouldn’t be surprising at all, if Anthony Hopkins watched 10 Rillington Place while prepping for his role as Hannibal Lecter.

If you enjoyed this, you might want to have a look at director Richard Fleischer’s other serial killer film, The Boston Strangler.

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Where is Fred fat?
Where is Fred fat?
June 29, 2022 2:03 pm

Iā€™m the first one to comment!!!!

June 29, 2022 2:44 pm

Creepy little tale and I am sure if it was re-made there would be more corpse-sex. Although I am not sure if its necro-play if the body is only half-dead.

Regan MacNeil
Regan MacNeil
June 30, 2022 8:42 am

Second woman had it coming, I guess . . . Anyway, John Hurt is great in this. He was great in pretty much everything.

June 30, 2022 1:32 pm

I liked this one. There’s a miniseries too that is pretty good and creepy. Starts slow but draws you in.

fred fat
fred fat
June 30, 2022 8:09 pm

when dickie wasnt a luvvie

Atheist Robot
Atheist Robot
July 1, 2022 9:54 am

Pleasant movie that somehow reminds me of “The Golden Glove”, on the “sloppy disposal of bodies” aspect. Brothers and sisters, remember to take heed of your corpses – that’s a rule of thumb.

mhm yeah sure
mhm yeah sure
September 9, 2022 12:59 am

this is the same story of that russian communist called chikatilo or something like that. who killed 50 pluss women and children in the soviet time.