Solid thriller from William Lustig, with almost a mainstream gloss to it, unlike his earlier exploitation thrillers. Robert Loggia and Leo Rossi are tracking serial killer Judd Nelson - standard format is elevated by the earnest cast and the eerie atmospherics. The killer's psychology is too straightforward to make this a classic, but the story keeps up the pace and the surprises.
On this sad day when we learnt of his death, I tried a Bowie movie I'd not seen before. He's briefly in it, onstage, but his image and music appear throughout, just as it does in real life. In clubs and in music collections. It's only a small part of the movie, but his involvement put the spotlight on this tough, realistic look at young heroin addicts in Berlin. Excellent performances, uncomfortably real location work and an education in the downward spiral...