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Topic: Thriller

Point Blank

Yet another French thriller arrives perfectly on-target.


Thriller

Rod Lott
Not since 2006’s “Tell No One” has a foreign-born thriller overtaken my pulse as handily as Fred Cavayé’s “Point Blank.” Both hail from France. Neither is a hunk of fromage. In fact, they put American thrillers to shame.
 
Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Mad Detective

Lend your eyes to this unconventional Asian police thriller, but keep your ears.


Thriller

Rod Lott
A slaughtered pig hangs in the middle of a room, at which Inspector Bun (Lau Ching Wan, “Black Mask”) stabs. Then he zips himself up in a suitcase and asks a colleague to push him down a stairwell. Then he cuts off his own ear as a going-away present for his boss.
 
Friday, February 17, 2012

Rabies

Catch it.


Thriller

Rod Lott
The less you know about "Rabies," the better. Don't be misled by the title, which suggests some sort of viral thriller along the lines of "Contagion." However, the movie is so clever, so twisty-turvy, you may foam at the mouth in satisfaction.
 
Monday, February 20, 2012

The Steel Trap

Bank on it!


Thriller

Rod Lott
Not to be confused with 2007’s Steel Trap, 1952’s The Steel Trap is an obscure slice of semi-noir in a Leave It to Beaver world. That’s exactly why I liked it, and it’s made an overdue DVD debut courtesy of Warner Archive, which probably still has vaults overflowing with this sort of stuff.
 
Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Thirteen Women

And one of them is mean ol’ Myrna Loy.


Thriller

Rod Lott
Not to be confused with the subject of a teenager’s wet dream, 1932’s Thirteen Women is a David O. Selznick production that plays like a precursor to Sorority Row. In it, the evil-eyebrowed Ursula Georgi (Myrna Loy) works a secretary for the New York-based Swami Yogadachi (C. Henry Gordon, 1932’s Scarface) and — this is a stretch — alters the horoscopes he sends to her dozen former sorority sisters so that convinces them of impending death, either of someone close or their own.
 
Thursday, March 8, 2012

A Lonely Place to Die

George vs. gorge.


Thriller

Rod Lott
With A Lonely Place to Die — which is not to be confused with A Horrible Way to Die, which I did for the better part of last year because those titles are just too damn similar — we have an excellent example of why I neither climb mountains nor go hiking.
 
Monday, March 12, 2012

Strip Nude for Your Killer

Sit down and Strip — we won’t tell.


Thriller

Rod Lott
Containing one of film history's all-time best titles, 1975's Strip Nude for Your Killer is one kinky kicker of a giallo, which is evident from its first shot.
 
Monday, March 12, 2012

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

Think ink, American style.


Thriller

Rod Lott
As not-so-boldly predicted, director David Fincher (The Social Network) delivers a superior remake of Sweden’s global hit The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, an adaptation of Stieg Larsson’s phenomenon of a novel.
 
Monday, March 19, 2012

Die

Roll 'em!


Thriller

Rod Lott
From our friends up north — Canada, not Kansas — comes Die, a nearly gore-free take on the rules of Saw. Three decades after his father forces him to roll a die and then fatally shoots himself in the head, a madman named Jacob (John Pyper-Ferguson, Tekken) goes on a mission to teach six clinically depressed people the value of life.
 
Monday, March 19, 2012

Enter Nowhere

And that’s just where it goes.


Thriller

Rod Lott
I haven't yet seen Cabin in the Woods, next month's much-buzzed-about horror-thriller from producer/co-writer Joss Whedon, but judging from its trailer, the initial scenes of Enter Nowhere ring of visual similarity. That’s likely where all comparisons will end.
 
Wednesday, March 21, 2012
 
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