Gratuitous nudity, cross dressing and genuine knee jerks, why it must be another Brian de Palma flick, of course!
After enjoying the cheap thrills of 1982’s Blow Out, I decided to continue on my wayward path of BdP discovery and happened to leapfrog onto this little clothing-caper. A cat and mouse tale with a fashionable twist, a murderer is roaming the streets looking for their next target whilst a prostitute and a bereaved victim’s son try to identify and catch the killer in their bloody tracks.
Even with all the sleaze, hammy acting and melodrama, there’s some amazing Hitchcock-inspired sequences which highlight the craftsmanship and ability of BdP to the fullest. Owning this style in the eighties, he’s even able to create great tension from a shot of a motionless shoe through subversive film angles and eerie music.
Although the plot and obvious twist may be wafer thin, Dressed to Kill is fun, frolicking and thrilling; the kind of film that a Saturday night at the movies were made for.
THE GOOD: One of the strongest opening fifteen minutes of eerie suspense building that I’ve seen in a long time.
THE BAD: A real cop-out ending
PS – Thanks must yet again go out to the fantastic Mondo Movie guys Ben and Dan. Those fellas really know their filmic onions.