Dressed To Kill (1980)


Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5

USA, 1980, .  Screenplay by Brian De Palma.  Cinematography by .  Produced by .  Music by .  Production Design by .  Costume Design by , .  Film Editing by .  Podcast:  My Criterions

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.  plays a beautiful, icy blonde woman (a la Hitchcock) who relates her sexual fantasies to her psychiatrist (, 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 (, a la Grace Kelly, just kidding), who decides to investigate the murder along with the victim’s son () because the detective assigned to the case () 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.

The Criterion Collection:  #770

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