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Curdled (1996)

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After getting interested in murder as a kid in Colombia, Gabriela now has a scrapbook on murders including clippings on "The Blue Blood Killer". While cleaning his latest murder scene in Miami, she comes across a clue missed by the cops.


Reb Braddock
2 nominations. See more awards »





Cast overview, first billed only:
William Baldwin ... Paul Guell
Angela Jones ... Gabriela
Bruce Ramsay ... Eduardo
Lois Chiles ... Katrina Brandt
Barry Corbin ... Lodger
Mel Gorham ... Elena
Daisy Fuentes ... Clara
Carmen López ... Lourdes
Vivienne Sendaydiego Vivienne Sendaydiego ... Eva
Caridad Ravelo Caridad Ravelo ... Joan
Sandra Thigpen ... Grace
Kelly Preston ... Kelly Hogue
Lupita Ferrer ... Marie Clement
Sabrina Profitt ... Red Haired Waitress (as Sabrina Cowan)
Charley Tucker Charley Tucker ... San the Barback (as Charles J. Tucker)


Gabriella, a Colombian immigrant, is obsessed with understanding violent crime. The current string of murders by "The Blue Blood Killer" of affluent Miami socialites provides her with fodder for her scrapbook of death. She lands a job with a post-murder cleaning service and during a Blue-Blood clean-up job, discovers evidence that police have overlooked. Written by Amy Searls <searls1@marshall.edu>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis


After the killer kills, after the living are dead, somebody has to clean up the mess. See more »


Comedy | Crime | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for violence/gore, and for brief language | See all certifications »





English | Spanish

Release Date:

27 September 1996 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Sang-froid See more »

Filming Locations:

Coral Gables, Florida, USA See more »


Box Office


$2,309,723 (estimated)

Gross USA:

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Did You Know?


This movie has three connections to Quentin Tarantino. 1. references From Dusk Till Dawn which he co- directed and co-starred 2. it was done by his production company and 3. the star of this movie Angela Jones played the cab driver in his Oscar winning independent film pulp fiction, that helps butch make his getaway and who is morbidly fascinated by killing a man Maria Villalobos. See more »


Early in the movie, one of Paul's victims writes his name on a tile floor just before she dies. The penmanship changes from shaky and faint, to steady and thick. See more »


[first lines]
Young Gabriela: Mommy, is this the house from Hansel and Gretel?
Young Gabriela's Mother: Yes, Gabriela.
Young Gabriela: Where's the witch?
[gunshots outside]
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Crazy Credits

SPOILER At the very end of the credits, after the copyright notice, there is a scene showing Gabriela driving a car, with Eduardo, playing the tape she recorded with Paul's voice saying her name after his death. See more »

Alternate Versions

Originally, the film ended with a slow motion shot of geese flying south as the main character did a voice over but director Reb Braddock decided to save that for his next film, "When fun goes south with the geese." See more »


References Pulp Fiction (1994) See more »


Written by Flavio Cianciarulo
Performed by Los Fabulosos Cadillacs
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Not Funny
4 December 2000 | by urbanstruggleSee all my reviews

This movie had the potential to be a great black comedy with the idea behind it, but it falls very short. There is very little in this film that impressed me or made me laugh. It's like a black comedy without the black (the film tried to be violent and gory, but looked little more than ridiculous) or the comedy. The film is about a woman (Angela Jones) who quits her job and decided to go work for a company called PFCS (Post Forensic Cleaning Service) when she becomes fascinated with a serial killer known as the "Blue Blood Killer", a psychopath who goes around Miami beheading rich women. The company is a cleaning service that is called in to clean up the blood and guts left behind in homes in the aftermath of a murder, after the Cops haul the body and evidence away. The premise for a company like this is funny (one of the only moments in the film that caused me to laugh was their T.V Commercial), but the end result is not.

I can see why Quentin Tarantino was attracted to a project like this. Word on the street is that this was originally a funny short film that was shown at Sundance in the early 90's and after the success of "Reservoir Dogs" and "Pulp Fiction", Tarantino bankrolled this full length version of the movie and released it later on video with his "Rolling Thunder Pictures". Tarantino seems to be very amused and fascinated with the idea of a cleaner or cleaning service to clean up the mess of the deceased. He surely watched Luc Besson's "La Femme Nikita" many times in the later stages of his video store clerk days and used the idea of "Victor the cleaner" for his Winston Wolf character in "Pulp Fiction". The idea of a "cleaner" is quite funny and worked very well in both films, but here, it simply does not work beyond the admitted hilarity of the T.V commercial and of the mock-up sensationalist reality-TV show excerpt in the middle of the film. The rest of the movie is boring and pointless and the acting, apart from Angela Jones, is pretty stale. If you want to see real black comedy that will make you laugh (and cringe, that's another thing this film was missing), I would suggest seeking out the early works of Danny Boyle ("Trainspotting", "Shallow Grave") and the Coen Brother's "Fargo" over a boring film like this. 4 out of 10

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