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½ August 19, 2017
(First and only viewing - 11/14/2008)
May 29, 2017
A dark, sweaty, seedy nightmare of a movie, Blood Simple is one of the most atmospheric films eve. Quiet and lonely, sparse and bleak, playing against a strikingly visceral Texas backdrop of dark highways stretching into nothingness and open empty landscapes. It's filled with audacious style and technique, the Coen Brothers arriving as fully formed filmmakers, they take film noir conventions and turn them on their head, usually the audiences is about as clued up as the protagonists as a mystery unravels but here we are put in the position of always knowing more than the doomed characters and get to watch their mistakes and misunderstandings of situations and other characters agendas play into forgone, deadly conclusions that could be avoided with simple communication. A fascinating conceit for a movie like this, essentially everyone thinks they know something but in fact know nothing and end up fucking up massively, and fatally.The whole film is a comedy of errors of sorts, but without most of the comedy (although the Coens trademark dark humour is at play here in a more subdued way, there are still moments of gallows humour and gloriously odd incidental characters) This movie also has a very small cast, adding to the desolate feel, with Francis McDormand in her movie debut giving a great performance as Abby, centre of all the film problems, and of course M. Emmet Walsh steals the show as bizzarely named Loren Visser (never actually named in the movie or even the credits, the closest you get is his first name on his incriminating "man of the year" lighter) a horrible, skin crawling, sweaty bag of sleaze in a canary yellow suit and straw cowboy hat, he is a repugnant, disgusting joy ("Let me know when you wanna cut off my head, i can always crawl around without it") and the first of the Coens' trademark "Screaming Fat Men". the film also contains some amazing set pieces, including what has to be one of the most striking, unbearably suspenseful sequences ever filmed, as a man try's to depose of a body that wont stay dead in one 15 minute long, dialogue free scene that subverts the whole notion of body disposal in movies and will leave you without fingernails, and the climax is a dark, violent heart stopper, it's moments like this where the Coens other influences shine through aside from noir movies or Dashiell Hammet or James M Cain, and the film ends up becoming more of an out and out gothic, creepy horror movie. A masterpiece and the Coens best movie.
May 19, 2017
Stylishly it's good, the story is a bit simple though. You will never forget Getz after seeing it.
May 13, 2017
Pretty amazing. Spannend.
April 1, 2017
110529: Slow and methodical. Enjoyed the climax but had to concentrate to get through the body. As a result, not really sure how I feel about this film. I can say that it's dark.
March 13, 2017
What a way to start a career! Up there with Fargo for me. Definitely see this.
Super Reviewer
February 28, 2017
Blood simple is a noir film with all the familiar ingredient except there are countless of twists. This is Coen brothers' first feature film, they've got what it takes to make masterful works at such an early age.
February 24, 2017
What interests me most is the way that the film presents itself, which is as a simple, cut-and-dry Southern fried thriller. However, this movie is a total rabbit hole. The farther you go, the more complicated things get, and the more you want.

The Coen brothers announced their arrival as meticulous, reclusive artists with an eccentric flare with their sophomore film, "Raising Arizona". No one is arguing that, but don't turn your eyes away from "Blood Simple", because this wild thing is as perfect a film as you're likely to see. It's that rare moment in cinema where I can't think of a single thing that I would change.
February 18, 2017
Most directors debuts are normally forgotten about or just severely underrated. When you think about the Coen brothers films, what probably comes most to mind are raising Arizona, Barton fink, Fargo, the big lebowski and o brother, where art thou? This is one generally forgotten about, and that's a real shame. The cast is one of a kind, the story and script is excellent and the violence is brutal but slick and stylish. This is the precursor to all Coen brothers films. With darkly humorous bits, brutal violence and heavy use of profanity, it's all what everyone expects for another excellent Coen brothers film that hits the nail on the head.
December 11, 2016
Saw this movie 32 years after its theatrical release (kind of sad considering I claim to like the Cohen brothers' films). This one was just okay. It feels dated, definately has an 80's taste. It's dark, visually and in subject matter. It's not polished...gritty and graining even; likely due to lower budget. Reflecting, I didn't really like any of the characters, which made it difficult to invest too much into the story. M. Emmet Walsh was the highlight as an unassuming but quite scary villain that I'll not soon forget.
November 7, 2016
Very well executed, as you'd expect even from the early Coen brothers. It's a bit pointless.
September 24, 2016
Goddamn, what a movie. It goes from a simple love triangle to a gradually and genuinely terrifying movie in an hour and a half. What's genius about it, and what makes most Coen Brothers movies so genius, is the sheer weight of pointlessness as a motivation- everybody's dying horrifically, or being scarred for life, and its just because of a series of misunderstandings and mistakes. It -was- simple, it -could- have been simple, but instead it becomes this nightmare of details that could have gone any which way but instead everything lined up for the jackpot of death. Loved the last scene as well, what a last sight to see just before you die to really drive in how pointless your life was and everything was.
½ July 25, 2016
Awesome. A bit slow at first but really comes together! A classic Cohen Brother's story.
July 8, 2016
The Coens' first film is perhaps their least polished venture, but it still stands as a terrific debut for cinema's most creative filmmaking duo.
½ May 25, 2016
'Blood Simple' makes for a strong debut for Joel and Ethan Coen, even if it may not be their greatest film. The intensity is always present, and the characters are quirky, yet believable. Walsh and McDormand are fantastic.
May 24, 2016
A taut thriller that certainly proves even at an early point in their careers, the Coen Brothers could still make a fine movie.
½ April 18, 2016
The Coen Brothers first feature film. I'd been meaning to get to this one for a while now. As expected, it was as awesome as you'd expect from a Coen bros. picture. Not much to say about it though, as the entirety of the awesomeness had to do with the style of the noir-esque look and feel of it and the subtle choices in the direction. Definitely not the bros most memorable, but it was nevertheless better than most movies around.
April 16, 2016
Abby (Frances McDormand) and Ray (John Getz) are having an affair. When the husband (Dan Hedaya) finds out, he hires a PI (M. Emmet Walsh) to murder them. In a dark and slow manner the plot unfolds as the characters interact for their lives. Double Crossings, Murder, and guilt all transpire in this film featuring solid performances. Blood Simple was a great start to the serious side of the Coen Brothers and is a fans of their films should not miss it.
Super Reviewer
March 29, 2016
I found most of it boring, but the ending pretty much redeemed the entire film.
March 19, 2016
Still an excellent movie.
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