Thriller

Alfred Hitchcock – Mary (1931)

A juror in a murder trial, after voting to convict, has second thoughts and begins to investigate on his own before the execution. German version of “Murder. (ımbd) Read More »

Elia Kazan – Panic in the Streets [+Extras] (1950)

Synopsis from AMG:
Filmed entirely on location in New Orleans, Panic in the Streets stars Richard Widmark as a city medical officer, racing against time to stop a plague epidemic. The carrier was an illegal alien, who has been murdered by criminals Jack Palance and Zero Mostel. At first facing opposition from rule-bound police captain Paul Douglas, Widmark is finally able to work hand-in-glove with Douglas in tracking down Palance and Mostel, who have themselves become plague carriers. Many of the actors in Panic in the Streets are local nonprofessionals, selected by director Elia Kazan because of their “rightness” within the framework of the story; the rest of the cast is peopled by such film veterans as Barbara Bel Geddes, Tommy Cook, Emile Meyer and H.T. Tsiang. Widmark’s son is played by an uncredited Tommy Rettig, four years before he starred on the Lassie TV series. Though Elia Kazan liked to claim that much of Panic in the Streets was improvised, there was a script, adapted by Richard Murphy and Daniel Fuchs from a story by Edward Anhalt and Edna Anhalt. — Hal Erickson Read More »

Christoph Hochhäusler – Dreileben – Eine Minute Dunkel AKA One Minute of Darkness (2011) (HD)

The Dreileben trilogy comes to a nail-biting close with director Christoph Hochhäusler’s expert thriller, which also brings escaped felon Molosch—a peripheral character in the first two parts—into sharp focus. Hot on the killer’s trail, grizzled police inspector Marcus (Eberhard Kirchberg) tries to put himself inside the mind of the criminal, even as he begins to wonder if the condemned man really is guilty as charged. Meanwhile, as Molosch (brilliantly played by Stefan Kurt) flees deeper into Dreileben’s possibly enchanted forest, he has an unexpectedly tender encounter with a young runaway girl—scenes that echo the Frankenstein story and transform One Minute of Darkness into a dark, memorably strange fairy tale. Read More »

Marcel Ophüls – Faites vos jeux, mesdames AKA Make your Bets, Ladies (1965)

Synopsis
Exciting Eddie Constantine outing finds Eddie playing a special agent searching for missing NATO weapons. When he encounters a scientist who has invented a ring that emits a paralysis spray, the hard-boiled spy saves the day with some very Bondian heroics… Read More »

Peter Bogdanovich – Targets [+Extras] (1968)

Variety.com wrote:
Saticoy. Director Peter Bogdanovich; Producer Peter Bogdanovich; Screenplay Peter Bogdanovich; Camera Laszlo Kovacs; Editor [uncredited]; Art Director Polly Platt

Boris Karloff
Tim O’Kelly
Nancy Hsueh
James Brown
Peter Bogdanovich

A good programmer, within low budget limitations, about a sniper and his innocent victims. A separate, concurrent sub-plot features Boris Karloff as a horror film star who feels he is washed up. Both plot lines converge in an exciting climax. Read More »

Budd Boetticher – The Killer Is Loose (1956)


29f7c043f76a2bde437fd0d52a185152

Plot:
A bank robber’s (Wendell Corey) wife is shot during his arrest by a cop (Joseph Cotten). He escapes to kill the cop’s wife (Rhonda Fleming) as retribution. Despite the cop’s protest, the police decide to use Fleming as a lure. From Warner Brothers Website! Read More »

Giuliano Biagetti – Interrabang (1969)


29f7c043f76a2bde437fd0d52a185152

IMDb comments:
This movie is kind of a combination of an early “Diabolique”-style giallo with lots of plot twists and turns, and an island paradise sex romp in the spirit of such films as “The Seducers”, “Il Dio Serpiente”, and “Wave of Lust”. It is more arty, or some might say more pretentious than most gialli or most island-lust flicks. It kind of resembles a couple Antonioni films like “La Aventurra” or (especially at the end) “Blow Up”. A photographer is sailing with his wife (Beba Rancor), her sister (Haydee Politoff), and his nymphomaniacal model (Shoshanna Cohen). He leaves the three women alone to get a part for his boat. A mysterious man (Umberto Orsini)shows up, who might be an escaped criminal the police are searching for. This doesn’t alarm the three women too much, and he rapidly seduces each of them. Nor are they particularly worried about the dead body of a police officer that appears and then vanishes. These woman are such bored, jaded bourgeoisie types that they don’t even seem to care that this handsome stranger might be planning to kill them. The ending combines the surprise plot twists of “Diabolique” and the reality-confounding denouement of “Blow Up”, and throws in yet another nasty surprise to boot. Read More »