Hangover Square

Hangover Square ★★★★

a really brutal early serial killer noir with an effective expressionist subjectivity to it. combines constant fractured POV imagery + unnatural camera angles + a graceful musicality to the movement/cutting that together develop into a mournfully blurred depiction of artistic and murderous compulsion. there's a fiery delirium to the style that follows the protagonist around as he slowly loses himself to his own impulses/art and ultimately destroys everything around him. a really solid precursor to something like Peeping Tom. having watched this almost back-to-back with I Wake Up Screaming it's a real tragedy that laird cregar only ever got to make movies for a few years; had he been given decades i think we'd all know his name.