• circumaural

    ★★★ Watched by circumaural 22 Dec, 2015

    The roots of Brian De Palma.

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  • Matt Fisher

    ★½ Watched by Matt Fisher 09 Dec, 2015

    It's my fault, I like late 60's psychedelic underground b-movie trash about as much as I like late 60's psychedelic garage rock b-sides, which is to say 'not very much."

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  • John Barnes

    ★★★ Watched by John Barnes 06 Dec, 2015

    Worth it for William Finley.

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  • Leonard

    ★★ Watched by Leonard 08 Dec, 2015

    This is pretty boring as a thriller despite some fun stylistic flourishes. It basically boils down to an elaborate series of not really interesting flashbacks that slowly tease out small details of the convoluted plot revolving around who may or may not have killed several people. The fun this boring narrative does offer comes more from goofy details like the time appearing in large print at the beginning of each flashback or onscreen text appearing that differentiates between one character's…

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  • Andy Patterson

    ★½ Watched by Andy Patterson 07 Nov, 2015

    A curiosity piece for DePalma's fans to see where he started, but not a good film. It's indulgent experimentalism, the result of a young film maker playing around with a camera to make a first feature.

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  • Jake

    ★★★★ Watched by Jake 06 Oct, 2015

    William Finley's coming out party.

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  • Jack Gattanella

    ★★★½ Added by Jack Gattanella

    Nice oddity from a 20-something De Palma.

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  • Roberts

    ★★ Watched by Roberts 05 Sep, 2015

    #Brian De Palma-thon

    Not really worth your time unless you are BDP completist. In a nutshell, it's a bunch of young guys fooling around with cameras after watching a few classics. Some bits are inspiring and foreshadow the future genius of the director, but for most part it's a bore.

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  • ScreeningNotes

    ★★ Watched by ScreeningNotes 30 Jun, 2015

    Experimental in a way that I really love in principle (atemporal narrative structure which today looks like the Nolans’ work; every editing technique from sped-up footage to writing directly onto film stock), but in practice not quite as successful as I wanted it to be (character motivations slip in and out; whatever it's trying to say about the behind-the-scenes of filmmaking gets lost in the silliness).

    Prefigures a lot of De Palma’s signature obsessions (his tightrope walk between artifice and…

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  • Parker

    ★★½ Watched by Parker 05 Jun, 2015 2

    This movie has some of that bizarre, anarchic energy of De Palma's early stuff, but it's only in short bursts and most of it failed to grab my attention.

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  • Red_Dufresne

    ★★½ Watched by Red_Dufresne 26 May, 2015

    Brian de Palma's early feature is almost exclusively an exercise in style. The film liberally borrows from surrealism, the French New Wave, and even Italian Giallo. Consequently, it never comes together in a coherent way and has very little substance. The narrative structure developed halfway through the film is novel but thematically jarring. The acting is uniformly atrocious, but the plot does have some somewhat engaging meta elements about filmmaking. An interesting diversion but nothing more.

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  • Chris Kirby

    ★★½ Watched by Chris Kirby 08 Feb, 2015

    De Palma's early feature film is experimental in a few ways. It's experimental for the time period it was made and the very unique techniques used to film the picture. The opening scenes of the film illustrate this the most with its use of stop motion and photographs, aspect ratio changes, and the simple fact that the narrative is a non linear collage of sequences that excite and perplex. There's also some incredible film variant techniques used halfway through the…

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