Cinema: Knife of Brian

DRESSED TO KILL Directed and Written by Brian De Palma

A shower stall. An attractive, restless blond, whose search for sexual fulfillment will lead her to an ominous rented room. A man, whose schizophrenic lust turns him into a knife-wielding killer in a cheap wig and dress.

These gimmicks could provide the basis for a great horror movie. In fact, they have: Alfred Hitchcock's Psycho. But Brian De Palma seems to have been inspired by his first youthful look at Psycho the way other teen-agers are affected by a helpful teacher or a first kiss:...

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