This is what happens when your car breaks down on a Sunday morning and you have nothing else to do…
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.
Kiss Me Deadly screams onto screen with an opening scene that immediately alerts audiences to its explosive intentions. Out of the blackness of the theater we see a woman emerge wearing nothing but a trench coat, standing in traffic risking her life desperately trying to hitch a ride. Beginning films with a "cold open" wasn't unheard of in 1955, but it was incredibly rare before the 1960's when TV serials standardized it. This opening would have been startling not only because of its content, but because audiences would not have been expecting it. Finally someone picks her up, and she sobs quietly over the opening credits—which scroll backwards, top to bottom. This creates a fundamentally unsettling atmosphere which tells us…
The moment Mike Hammer realizes that he's made a huge mistake is when the movie reveals itself to be beamed in from a different planet, an ancient civilization's warning to humanity about the folly that led to their demise. We didn't listen.
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…
Noir apocalypse and the neanderthal detective, "let him go to hell." A hundred bizarre, brilliant tremors in Aldrich's annihilating masterpiece, all building up to the revelation that the coveted, enchanted glow is really a mushroom cloud, pushing humanity back into the ocean.
Very interesting and well made film. Out of my normal genre viewing but well worth it.
Anytime a movie has multiple dudes getting slapped across the lid I cant give it any fewer than three stars. Also, there is a guy having a bad time in some pajamas. Mike Hammer's tie is fucked up 3/4 of the time. And there is a fat cat trying, desperately, to get comfortable on a flat pillow. P cool flick.
After an attractive hitchhiker is tortured to death after he can't protect her, a hard-boiled private eye delves deep into who wanted her dead. I originally didn't like this movie. I remember not liking it because I remembered it being super misogynistic and poorly paced. I must have been drunk and/or stupid. While it is still misogynistic, the film flew by for me this time.
"Kiss Me Deadly" is solid, sleazy film noir. The opening image is of a beautiful woman running from an asylum in nothing but a trench coat; this sets the whole tone for the film. The camera work in this section alone is superb - the shot of Cloris Leachman, arms outstretched, with headlights coming fast…
where to start, it feels like tarantino spent his whole life in a mcdonalds watching this movie on repeat, and then got given like 3 pop culture references and a script.
anything else i could offer would simply be pun based hyperbole, watch the shit out of this film.
Mike hammer is easily one of the biggest dbags in film and it's awesome .
Kiss Me Deadly is pretty strange and spooky, even for a film noir. It has plenty of the genre's usual pleasures (Ralph Meeker is just on this entire movie, and watching him take out a thug is plenty satisfying), then throws in the nuclear element.... huh?
Please never show me a negative review of this movie or my body will melt and my apartment will explode and I'll lose my security deposit.
Didn't like the science fiction aspect of the film.
Other than that, it was enjoyable.
Kiss Me Deadly is a film noir. After having taking the film noir class, it was fun to casually see a noir on the beach. It is a mystery that keeps you guessing. It is the original asker of the classic question: what's in the box? I don't know if we get a proper answer, but we get most of an answer so that you can fill in the gaps yourself. We saw the original American ending, but there was an alternative ending that leaves out the final minute or so. It is a much more pessimistic ending, apocalyptic if you will. It is a movie that is reflective of the time in which it was made. In that sense, you can read it as a primary source on Cold War paranoia. I loved the 1950s answering machine. It is enormous! And also he has this oddly close relationship with his mechanic.
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