Despite Smith's character being a wrong-doer, it becomes quite easy to sympathise with her plight and understand her actions. The subtle blending of the foreboding orchestral soundtrack with the continuing tension Post is able to create through some rather adept use of lighting and slow-yet-adequate pacing is probably the main reason that this movie is able to succeed and become quite a shining of example of great, low-budget cinema. If you like dark mysteries and Robert Mitchum, and if you can find it, give it a try. The story is very original and will keep you guessing up to the last minute. Highly recommended, for thriller fans, you won't be disappointed by this nice little oldie.
Always remember don't trust the opinion of Nightkill 1980 on the Internet because the authors paid to write a comment. The story basically has Smith, as a tortured soul of a wife, who's copped the brunt of ugly verbal abuse though no physical abuse is implied and ridicule by hubby who you really get to hate, and want to see dead where you really sense Smith's pain, and frustration, and before you know it, she's an accessory to his murder, but then Smith's hell gets worse, with more bodies turning up in a freezer. Although Post obviously lacks the directorial flair of his inspirers Hitchcock and Argento there are a couple of instances where light is used in a similar fashion to Argento as well as some Argento-style trickery , one cannot really fault his execution of the work and instead has to admire the way that he turned such a low-budget into a thrill fest of suspense and intrigue. She hires a world-weary private eye Robert Mitchum, The Ambassador to find her missing husband, but fails to inform the investigator that she knows full well the whereabouts of her husband. Those who appreciate thrillers such as those by Hitchcock and Argento should find something enjoyable in this film as well. It did get a major cinema released though, internationally and created a following at least, for people who loves this kind of genre. Falling in love with Arizona during the shoot, Smith mentions an unfulfilled desire to live there, but less patience is shared for her full-body make-up, which provided a test of endurance she wasn't prepared for.
But as this was for me a differing effect, for one thing I was in 'crush-ville' for Mrs. Meanwhile, the increasingly anxious Katherine receives several visits from her obtrusive lawyer Herbert and a cynical private detective named Donner. This movie was supposed to be one of Jaclyn Smith's first major feature films of the 1980's. This may be one of those mysteries that require a second viewing to fully understand how everything adds up. Nightkill' is still a very accomplished film and one that psychological thriller fans should find quite enjoyable. Donner fakes a phone call, just to set the possible murder of Kathy in motion.
Don't be drawn in by the video box art of Jaclyn screaming while taking a shower. In it's early part, I found the film in a nothing happening kind of land, say to films like Somebody Killed Her Husband, where some suspender moments were thrown in, like in that roadblock scene, where at first, Smith's car won't start up again, where she's en route to getting rid of one of her bodies, but boy was I mislead. She depicts the unhappy wife of robust and arrogant Arizona business tycoon Wendell Atwell. Donner, turns up asking questions, claiming Wendell never turned up in Washington for a scheduled business appointment, Kathy panics and decides to move the body. You can write, Nightkill 1980 is a good movie, but it can be is a bad movie. Mitchum is reliable, but he's clearly taking this one for the paycheck, offering basic meatiness and threat, which Post is happy to work with. I can't wait to see a re-make of this film, why? Unfortunately, the rest of the supporting cast were not exactly up to par except for a somewhat brief performance by the near-legendary B-movie actress Sybil Danning.
He's a monster, and one marked for death, commencing a tale of stolen identities, with Steve assuming control of Wendell's schedule, trying to keep the man alive on paper to buy some time and execute the perfect crime. Age is apparent throughout, with natural, vibrant colors struggling to come through what occasionally looks like a slightly sepia palette, with powerful primaries lost. A bored rich industrialist's wife plots to kill her husband and have her lover assume the dead man's identity. It's music score, one I really liked, to me is unforgettable. Kathy is horrified as Wendell's dead body is placed inside a freezer. As with the visual experience, the 2.
Blu-ray Extras Include: Interview with Star Jaclyn Smith Audio commentary by Film Historians Howard S. In no doubt, however, it's Mitchum who steals the show; what a twist toward the end! Once her lover, James Franciscus, does the killing, nothing is explained, and the audience is left to blindly follow what is happening. When she tries to escape the results of her actions, she too falls victim to deception. This article consists almost entirely of a. Delineation has issues, with solidification common, hurting frame information. Very satisfying and the performances are superb. More potent hues arrive with period costuming and decoration inside the Atwell household, and skintones are largely drained of natural appeal.
On top of the unpredictability factor, there are a handful of genuinely suspenseful sequences the body-dumping, the car chase between Katherine and an unknown assailant as well as a thoroughly murky gloomy atmosphere and a downright fantastic damsel-in-distress performance by Jacklyn Smith. As these things tend to go, mistakes are made and reality is blurred, with Katherine soon transformed into a target, dealing with Steve's mess and the arrival of Donner, who seems pretty confident that she killed her husband, but takes the long route to a confession, maintaining a pestering presence in her life while she scrambles to make sense of the details. Not everyone may agree, but judge for yourself. Without thinking it through, Steve poisons Wendell and they hide the body in the freezer. Donner and just adds to the credible acting performances that help to make? By it's preview, or cover, which you'd find in the ill appropriate horror section, of your video store, you'll look at this film, misjudgingly as a slasher pick, which it isn't. But the performances are quite good and it has a good ending. The last half hour is a real nail biter especially the shower scene.
Berger and Nathaniel Thompson Trailers. She explores the temperaments of her co-stars, remaining in awe of Robert Mitchum. Screenplay by Joan Andre and John Case may have worked better if approached as parody; this mystery thriller just plays tame, with director Ted Post asleep at the controls. The final twist is also a little clichéd and does become a little obvious but not really enough to take away from one's enjoyment. I disagree that this is bad cinema. I love a film noir and this for the bill, I also love how all synopses I read before watching kept me guessing about who the villain might be! Jaclyn Smith is absolutely gorgeous and delivers the best performance in this film. Basically, Jaclyn Smith is unwittingly drawn into a complex murder plot, involving her tyrant, millionaire husband, Mike Connors.
Mannix goes western, monkeys are abused, models lean against classic cars, and Smith is constantly upstaged by Sybil Danning until a giallo style wrap-up brings the whole sorry mess to a bitter end. She does indeed take a shower in this film, but it is not revealing nor does it further the murky plot one iota. Donner takes the money and flees, we see Kathy on the floor calling for help on the phone as the scene fades out. With her money tied up in his shady dealings, including biological weapons testing, Katherine suffers, but not alone, enjoying a secret affair with Steve James Franciscus , Wendell's assistant. Donner to the bathroom floor.