Saturday, August 8, 2009

August 8, 2009

Touch of Evil (1958)
Think of the race relations issue in Guess Who's Coming to Dinner. Now, put it in a Mexican border town with the following: a car bomb, a drug cartel, an extremely creepy backwater motel, and Orson Welles as a corrupt cop. Charlton Heston, through black and white photography and presumably a good makeup artist, looks fairly realistic as a Mexican, while Janet Leigh is continually clothed and lit in a way that make her pale skin and blonde hair nearly glow. It's one of those twisty, turny movies that encompasses some of the best traits of Film Noir as well as an intense thriller. This was made two years before Janet Leigh starred in Psycho, but I think between the two of them we can safely say that anytime she is alone in a creepy empty hotel, nothing good can ever come of it.
My Netflix rating: 4 stars

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