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Suddenly Laura Mars can see through the eyes of a serial killer as he commits his crimes. She contacts the police and with the aid of a police detective, tries to stop the killer. But first, they have to figure out who it is. Written by
Brian W Martz <B.Martz@Genie.com>
This is an old supernatural thriller of sorts from way back in the 70s'. It revolves around a female fashion/glamour photographer who lives to make crude photographic nudie art that sepcializes in scenes of violence. Some people find her "art" to be rather disturbing and horribly offensive. So someone decides to go around killing her friends and acquaintances. To make matters worse, Laura Mars can see the murders happening--through her own eyes!
Here's the breakdown:
--Clever story, and fairly original. Adds a nice twist to the usual cops-hunting-murderer story.
--Good acting all around. Brad Dourif is creepy, Tommy Lee Jones is cool, Raul Julia is... kinda weird...
--Good atmosphere and cinematography all around, with some strong direction. The tense moments are generally pretty well done.
--Some nice, genuine, surprises throughout the film. It does manage to successfully keep you guessing just who the killer is.
Didn't Hurt It, Didn't Help:
--Contains a decent amount of fairly well-known actors including Faye Dunaway, Tommy Lee Jones, Brad Dourif (better known as Chucky from the Child's Play series), Raul Julia, and Rene Auberjonois (famous for his Star Trek: Deep Space Nine role). It was also co-written by John "Halloween" Carpenter.
--Quite a bit of nudity. She is taking pictures of naked "victims of violence" after all.
--Somewhat grotesque 70's music permeates here and there.
--Some decent character development and depth.
--Not quite as scary or riveting as I'm sure it was back in '78. This review being written in 2006.
--Some "logic" problems every now and then. For instance, when Laura Mars sees someone being murdered, that's all she sees--yet there are times when she seems to be able to move around, once even driving a car, with more competence than one would expect from someone who just instantly "went blind."
--Occasional dips in the quality of the atmosphere and writing.
--The make-up used on the models in the 70's. Holy crap!
--Nice climax to the film.
--The photographic art in the film is actually from professional "glamour" photographer Helmut Newton.
Finally, I would recommend this to hardcore horror/thriller fans or film buffs. John Carpenter or Tommy Lee Jones fans will likely enjoy it. The movie is not without its problems, small though they are, but may not be enjoyed all that well by many modern viewers.