Piper Laurie

  • Louis King – Dangerous Mission (1954)

    Plot Synopsis by Hal Erickson
    The 3D melodrama Dangerous Mission starts off with a bang when innocent Piper Laurie inadvertently witnesses the murder of her gangster boss. Though she doesn’t get a particularly good look at the killer, she knows she’s dead meat if she remains in town. Thus, Laurie skeedaddles to Montana’s Glacier National Park, where most of the film takes place. Following her westward are Victor Mature and Vincent Price. One of these men is a federal agent, bound and determined to bring Laurie back to the East to testify; the other is the murderer, who intends to silence our heroine for keeps. Laurie doesn’t know which is which, but the audience does. A bit poky at times (thanks in part to the uninspired editing of Gene Palmer), Dangerous Mission roars into life during a mid-film forest fire and a climactic chase through the glacier fields.Read More »

  • Dario Argento – Trauma (1993)

    Plot Synopsis:
    While driving home one day, David, a graphic designer and recovering addict, sees a young girl on the edge of a bridge, possibly about to jump to her death. He rescues the girl, named Aura, who is also an addict and an anorexic. The two are suddenly separated, though, when Aura is reunited with her oddball parents. That night, Aura’s mom is holding a séance, which is interrupted by “The Headhunter” — a serial killer who beheads victims with an electric cutting wire.Read More »

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