Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.5. USA, 1980. Filmways Pictures, Cinema 77. Screenplay by Brian De Palma. Cinematography by Ralf D. Bode. Produced by George Litto. Music by Pino Donaggio. Production Design by Gary Weist. Costume Design by Gary Jones, Ann Roth. Film Editing by Gerald B. Greenberg. The Criterion Collection.
Of all the films that Brian DeHitchcock has made as tribute to the master of suspense, this one is the most enjoyable and also probably the scariest as well. Angie Dickinson plays a beautiful, icy blonde woman (a la Hitchcock) who relates her sexual fantasies to her psychiatrist (Michael Caine, a la Spellbound) and is then followed around a museum (a la Vertigo) before being murdered in an elevator (a la Psycho, if you substitute the shower for a lift and the knife for a razor). The murder is witnessed by a prostitute (Nancy Allen, a la Grace Kelly, just kidding), who decides to investigate the murder along with the victim’s son (Keith Gordon) because the detective assigned to the case (Dennis Franz) isn’t dedicated enough for them. Lots of great suspense, followed by a terrific twist ending that you might see coming or you might not; either way, the climax will have you shivering. It should be noted that this is the most recent film to ever give me nightmares.