The Killer Is Loose (1956)
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Critic Reviews for The Killer Is Loose
Strange, moody film noir, filled with observations on daily life, technology and gender in the 1950's.
A rather creaky attempt at a film noir with very little of the psychological violence and use of landscape that would define [Boetticher's] later films.
Handed a narrative stuffed with cat-and-mouse violence, the filmmaker plays down dark hysteria in favor of grayish curtness, and the film is no less tense for that.
Audience Reviews for The Killer Is Loose
"The Killer Is Loose" is a watchable police yarn that ultimately suffers from an incompetent final act and a short running time that allows us little interaction with the characters. The performances are all fine, but the action is the kind of stuff you've seen a thousand times before. Still, it works as a great time-passer.
Decently acted little noir. Wendell Corey didn't have the magnetism to make it as a lead but he was always an excellent supporting player whether he was playing the dark or the light, he's most effective here as the villiain.The story is a straightforward crime drama with no extra frills done on a small budget which is perfect for noir anyway. A feast for any old time movie and TV buff what with the Skipper, Mrs. Olsen and Dr. Steve Hardy from General Hospital all in the same film.
good stuff. escaped psycho gunning for a policeman's wife. really tense and well directed
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