Kiss Me Deadly
Directed by Robert Aldrich
I thought I should be honest about my initial reaction to film, which starts out with a rather gruesome torture scene that I hope I forget soon. This is, of course, after the credits roll backwards. I knew I was in for a rather strange experience.
Mike Hammer, a tough private eye (is there any other kind?), gives a ride to a mysterious young woman. All the mystery and intrigue around this movie revolves around a shiny briefcase. Shiny briefcases are always causing trouble in movies.
This is probably one of the most disturbing film noirs I have seen. Most are fun, satisfying, and not that thought provoking. This, on the other hand, seemed like a Darren Aronofsky movie. It blows my mind that this film was made in 1955.
This movie is like a fun roller coaster that makes you sick but in the end you are still glad you went on it. But be prepared for some major grossness.
Cloris Leachman's first movie role.
The Kefauver Commission named this as the number one threat to America's youth in 1955.