Watch Dressed To Kill 1980
Thanks for the insightful review. I have never seen dressed to kill but I bought the blu ray two days ago. I have enjoyed all the dePalma movies I have seen and this one looks like it will be great as well. I actually bought this movie because I thought it sounded so much like a Hitchcock movie and obviously I love Hitchcock. It appears i was right and I now have a great movie to watch. Thanks again.
Watch Dressed to Kill 1980
So as I said "Dressed to Kill" is another one of Brian De Palma's movies where he is trying to emulate Alfred Hitchcock and at times he gets very close. Stylistically from having the light glint of the killer's weapon of choice to the sheer violence of a murder scene it simply feels like De Palma has taken something which Hitchcock would have done but pushed it further by being more graphic. And that is the big problem with "Dressed to Kill" as its graphic nature ends up excessive which is no more the case in the opening scenes which deal with Kate's sexual fantasies. To put it simply it is over kill as we watch her touch herself showering and then a twist following her sex with a stranger and she discovers he has an STD is a terrible red herring because after Kate is murdered all this excessive build up becomes time filler.
Of course I can't not mention the cast as "Dressed to Kill" features the likes of Michael Caine and Nancy Allen who play their parts well. Now I was going to say a certain actor in this and their character could have made for a good serial killer in a horror franchise along the lines of Michael Myers. But it is 24 hours after watching "Dressed to Kill" and I have to be honest, beyond the movie's excesses the characters have already begun to become forgettable and that is simply down to there being little depth to them, even the significant ones.
The focus of the film then shifts to Liz (played by De Palma's real life wife Nancy Allen), a prostitute who witnessed part of the murder and caught a glimpse of the killer. She is used by Police Detective Marino (Dennis Franz already looking middle-aged way back in 1980) to help identify the killer and helped in the pursuit by Peter, Kate's nerdy son. Together they make an odd detective pairing as they bumble their way to the identity of the killer and the film's second and most famous twist. 041b061a72