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Kiss Me Deadly
Blood red kisses! White hot thrills! Mickey Spillane's latest H-bomb...
One evening, Hammer gives a ride to Christina, an attractive hitchhiker on a lonely country road, who has escaped from the nearby lunatic asylum. Thugs waylay them and force his car to crash. When Hammer returns to semi-consciousness, he hears Christina being tortured until she dies. Hammer, both for vengeance and in hopes that "something big" is behind it all, decides to pursue the case.
This movie is so far above and beyond anything created by humans that it effectively qualifies as an alien transmission.
Fin de masculinity. Fin de femme fatale. Fin de violence e sexe. Fin de noir. Fin de cinema. Fin de le monde.
I did manage to finish it tonight without nodding off. No suspicions of being shot up with sodium pentothal this evening.
I've watched quite a few noirs in the last few months or so but I don't think I've watched any that are nearly as odd as Kiss Me Deadly. From what I've read about this film over the years, and it is a film that I've been meaning to watch for a very long time indeed, many of the references to its offbeat nature have been to the main plot itself - or at least how it ends up panning out in the last half an hour.
Actually, aside from the mysterious item that is much sought after, I…
A snappy and charming protagonist that all the women want to kiss for some reason and who should mind his own business really drives this film. That and the increasingly ambiguous and disturbing premise of the entire thing, that without, would make this film totally go over my head with its mediocrity. But it does manage to surpass mediocrity and become memorable. By the end, that is undeniable.
Loving my voyage through "film noir", I see now how Lynch and the Coen brothers are steeped in these films, its all over their work. Images from this one pop up in Lost Highway.
Here you have the macho, laconic, cynical Mike Hammer taking a long and winding road through an expressive LA architecture and its pulpy denizens, all seen through great cinematography. Bookending this you have one hell of an opening and that ending which is etched in my mind : "Kiss me, Mike. I want you to kiss me. Kiss me. The liar's kiss that says I love you, and means something else."
Hard boiled as they come, this went beyond conventions into something more oblique. Its tough, angular, surreal, and cool as shit. Va Va Voom and Boom.
Excitement is probably too much of a word to describe the feeling i had going in into Kiss Me Deadly but i was certainly interested in seeing what it was about, many call it a Noir-Classic and the only movie i had seen from famous Director Robert Aldrich was What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? another movie of great reputation that didn't totally correspond to expectations, still a fine movie.
Kiss Me Deadly is Directed by Robert Aldrich and it stars Ralph Meeker, Albert Dekker, Paul Stewart, Juano Hernandez, Wesley Addy, Marian Carr, Maxine Cooper and Cloris Leachman.
"Tough L.A. private eye Mike Hammer gives a ride to Christina, a frightened young woman he finds running along the road one…
A.I. Bezzerides the screenwriter for this film said that Mickey Spillane absolutely hated him for what he ended up doing to his book. In my opinion the changes he made are absolutely brilliant, Full Disclosure: I have not read this book but even I have to believe the ending was changed considering I don't think when I watch interviews with Spillane would he ever write an ending like this. The ending has been paid homage in Repo Man, Pulp Fiction, Ronin and I would even say that this film had a huge influence on Mulholland Drive.
There is no happy ending in Kiss Me Deadly, this is a very dark film for the 1950's. Ralph Meeker's portrayal of Mike Hammer,…
Wow. A stunning example of the noir genre. Don't tell me it didn't influence other movies and characters (James Bond and Raiders of the Lost Ark I'm looking at you.)
The original "What's in the box?"
"film noir passing away"
Finally crossed this one off the list and it didn't disappoint - bizarre but effective acting, ingenious staging, great Los Angeles location work, palpable mystery, some special something that pushes it beyond a normal noir, and so on.
An all-time favorite!
Everything, before or since, just feels tame by comparison.
Dark and often a little strange, Kiss Me Deadly is a quite surprising and always gripping noir that will keep its audience guessing right up to its climax.
Based off the pulp novel by Mickey Spillane and the screenplay by A.I. Bezzerides, Kiss Me Deadly is a Mike Hammer noir. Hammer is played by Ralph Meeker with grit and a straight forward attitude. He is never caught off guard. Men fear him and women want him.
There are a thousand noirs with the exact same characterizations. Femme fatales, fall men, cops on the take, gangsters, suckers, marks and the list goes on and on. I won't say Kiss Me Deadly began or even defined these types, but it made great use of all of them.
What Kiss Me Deadly did was add a sci-fi edge to the genre. The film was set at the height of the nuclear…
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