To watch Dressed to Kill is to watch art in motion. The photography is beautiful, as well as Pino Donaggio's soundtrack. The documentary about the making of the film is also well worth watching. The director talks about how the critics and the censors attacked the film, but it appears on the DVD in both edited and unedited formats. This is a film I watch just to admire the way it was put together. Noteworthy is the museum scene which is full of emotion but no dialogue, as well as the frantic subway chase scene. If you watch it once you'll probably want a second look.
Written and directed by Brian De Palma in 1980, this American erotic mystery thriller depicts the murder of a housewife and an investigation involving a young prostitute who witnessed the murder, the victim’s teenaged son, and her psychiatrist.
The murder in the shower reminds me of the famous scene of Hitchcock's 1960 film:"Psycho".
Although erotic scenes appear great, a storyline seems ill-contrived beyond the halfway point and goes too unrealistic and out-of-line simply as a gratuitous shocker.
Anyway I enjpyed it to the hilt.
*Vogue Magazine says* - "It's the Latest Fashion in Murder!"
(In a psycho-nutshell) - Dressed To Kill's story is all about a cross-dressing kook who kills for thrills..... Well, I guess there's a little bit more to its plot-line than that.
Released in 1980 - Dressed To Kill was competently directed by Brian De Palma.
With obvious expertise - De Palma certainly does a slick job, handling all of the crucial elements pertaining to terror and suspense in the story..... Here he professionally arranges them all, just so, into a neat, orderly package. And the final product comes through as a finely-crafted and highly entertaining slasher-horror flick in its own right..... (*Watch video-trailer*)
*Useless movie-trivia note* - For this film's original theatrical release several minutes of "steamy" footage was sliced (with a straight razor, no doubt) out of it before it could get its "R" rating. This "hot" footage has since been restored to the DVD version.
Released in 1980 - Dressed To Kill (directed by Brian De Palma) is a stylishly gruesome horror story about sexual frustration, madness, and the insatiable blood-lust of a truly pug-ugly, homicidal transvestite.
So, I ask you - How does one intelligently discuss the rightful merits of this highly trendy horror/thriller without first seriously comparing it to Alfred Hitchcock's classic, slasher-flick - Psycho? It can't be done. The parallel in directorial style and technique between these 2 films is just too blatantly obvious.
To say that director De Palma "borrowed" like a literal psycho-maniac from Hitchcock for this picture would surely be an understatement.
Now, I'm not saying that this was necessarily a bad thing..... It's just that when it comes to the art of blatant borrowing, this film in question is so easily unmasked as being nothing more than a pale imitation. And that inevitably destroys any potential originality that it might have had to offer on its own merits, thus leaving it entirely exposed, like an opened target, to endless criticism, both negative and comparative.
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A demented Brian De Palma classic thriller with plenty of twists and turns ( the plot and the camera ).
A jewel by Brian De Palma, king of the explicit thriller. A riveting story, including one of the more interesting museum scenes ever, surrounds itself with a "passionate score" as is advertised on the DVD. A Criterion film, the extras include in-depth explanations of things you didn't even know you wanted to know . . . but after finding out, you are very happy you did. No dialogue available on the movie, though one can overlook that in order to view the terror lurking in this two DVD offering.
Brilliant Brian De Palma stalker / thriller / whodunit with a wonderful plot twist. Excellently acted, and I would argue it's timeless, and the only thing dated about it is the fashion. One of the scenes has frequently been nominated for most chilling sequence, and I agree. It's terrifying. It involves an elevator, which is not a spoiler, just a heads up.
Incredibly dated thriller full of soft focuses, stilted slow-mos , eye roll inducing dialogue right out of a softcore porno and badly dated attitudes abut sexual and mental health issues.
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