Pretty Poison (1968) Noel Black

Pretty Poison (1968)
Genre: Comedy | Crime | Thriller
Country: USA | Director: Noel Black
Language: English | Subtitles: None
Aspect ratio: Widescreen 1.85:1 | Length: 89mn
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A formerly institutionalized young man (Anthony Perkins) meets up with a cute, sexy high school cheerleader (Tuesday Weld) and pretends to be a CIA agent to get her interested in him while she responds to his fantasy all too willingly. This, combined with her adult craving for sensual excitement, adds up to a potentially explosive pairing indeed. And explode it does.

Anthony Perkins' breakthrough role came with "Psycho". He was the embodiment of the neurotic yet complex psychopath, so much that audiences seemed unable to accept him in anything else. He played the same part in "Pretty Poison", a darkly comedic thriller whose sense of morbid humor went far beyond anything Hitchcock had done. Its also one of the late 60s most compelling and unique thriller films, and for obvious reasons it wasn't a huge hit with either audiences or critics at the same but has amassed a huge cult following. And as good as Perkins is, Tuesday Weld clearly upstages him in every department. Its astonishing how accomplished the young and gorgeous Weld's performance is, playing a seemingly naive and innocent character who turns out to be even more derange and conniving than Perkins. How fascinating the protagonists are is what makes this stand out from the standard flock of lovers on the run thrillers.

The performances are great, as is the direction by Noel Black. While the film is slightly dated when compared to the more recent and more graphic takes on the theme (such as "Natural Born Killers"), it remains a more complex handling of the topic. Black's direction suits the material perfectly. He keeps a breakneck pace throughout, and many of the camera angles seem just perfect for the scenes. The editing by William H. Ziegler must be credited also, as its incredibly ahead of its time. "Pretty Poison" is a fascinating and dark thriller that was quite ahead of its time.

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