Dressed to Kill
August 19th 2010 23:13
WARNING! CONTAINS SPOILERS!
Psycho (1960) - the biggest influence on Dressed to Kill (although the story is gleaned from an experience De Palma had as an adolescent when he followed his father around with recording equipment trying to catch him out as an adulterer) - De Palma throws a red herring to the audience early on, and then pulls the carpet out from under them when he kills off his apparent lead character less than half an hour into the movie. He also successfully confuses the hell out of his audience when he has the character of Bobbi, the transvestite and suspected psycho-killer, being voiced by William Finley (from De Palma’s Phantom of the Paradise), although in context it can be explained as one character’s subjective hearing.
Carrie) looks great in black suspenders, brassiere and stilettos, but her performance is painful at best. She’s one of the great thorns in Dressed to Kill’s side. The scenes with Det. Marino and, in particular, the utterly pointless scene at movie’s end where she discusses transsexuality with Peter (only to offend an elderly woman in the background in an ill-conceived attempt at humour), only highlight her limitations as an actor. Michael Caine, on the other hand, delivers one of his more under-rated performances (a role originally offered to an enthusiastic Sean Connery, who was unavailable). However I’m not a fan of Dennis Franz, and his performance is unconvincing and thankless.
Dressed to kill, the shoes maketh the man
It was just a terrible nightmare! But something’s not quite right …
NB: The curious French-Canadian title is Pulsions, whatever that means!
Here’s the trailer:
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