The Prowler (1951)

The Prowler (1951)

The Prowler is a psychological drama with noir and stage influences, set in just a handful of rooms over the period of a few months. The opening third of the work feels almost Hitchcockian; the viewer vaguely senses things are not all they seem, but we’re not...
Manhunter (1986)

Manhunter (1986)

I can’t imagine how special Manhunter must have been to first-time filmgoers back when it came out. It is a creepy, tense, sparse crime drama that relies on our imaginations, rather than explicit gore scenes. I first saw the film about fifteen years later, and I...
Blue Steel (1989)

Blue Steel (1989)

Most male critics of cinema will never fully understand that for women, stalking is a very real issue. Every woman has found herself the recipient of unwanted, aggressive male attention. And far too many have experienced attentions that escalate to psychological and...
The Iguana with the Tongue of Fire (1971)

The Iguana with the Tongue of Fire (1971)

A lot of this genre of film reads as follows: exotic, misogynistic murders and attacks, kind of cobbled together with multicolored bits of cinematic Playdoh for story. This film is no exception, but is executed poorly enough it was pretty hard to sit through. The...