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Tattoo (1981)

R  |   |  Drama, Horror, Thriller  |  9 October 1981 (USA)
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A troubled tattoo artist has designs on a model.

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Storyline

Karl Kinsky, an unbalanced tattoo artist, becomes dangerously obsessed with Maddy, a model he meets when he's hired to paint temporary tattoos on a group of women for a photo shoot. As his obsession grows, Kinsky becomes increasingly determined that Maddy should bear his "mark" ... forever. Written by Eugene Kim <genekim@concentric.net>

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Intohimon merkki  »

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Writer-producer Bob Brooks once said of this film: "We created 'Tattoo' as a drama of what one human being can do to another, love, possession, vengeance. We lay tattoos on each other in any kind of a relationship. Call it a mark, call it a scar, the effects are permanent". Similary, actress Maud Adams once said that the film was a "story about the psychological marks people put on one another in the name of love". See more »

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Karl Kinsky: That's not for me. That's not what I want. That's not love, Maddy. Because to me things must last.
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Why All The Fuzz?
4 November 2001 | by (Antwerp, Belgium) – See all my reviews

My trusty Video Movie Guide 2001 dubbed this 'the most vile, reprehensible, sexist, and misogynistic piece of tripe ever released under the guise of a mainstream film.' Naturally, I went out and rented it right away. Frankly, I don't understand what the fuzz is all about. It's just another character study, albeit not a very good one: given their respective situation, both the kidnapper and his victim exhibit rather unbelievable behaviour. There are hints of both 'Psycho' and 'The Collector', but 'Tattoo' lacks the tension of the first and the insight in character of the latter. I understand the ending caused quite some commotion in it's time: I thought this was the strongest scene in the whole film. I won't give the ending away, let me just say the scene was at the same time erotic and disturbing


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