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Wednesday, 23 September 2015

Raising Cain (1992)

Carter Nix (John Lithgow) is a child psychologist, loving husband and concerned father, which is an ideal place to hide the perfect psycho.
It’s so obvious what’s going on in the early part of the film that it’d take you to be paying almost zero attention to suspect otherwise, but knowing really doesn't matter, it’s even arguably beneficial for what comes later.
I'm aware that many people consider the film derivative and/or pure trash, but that's their choice. For me, De Palma proves that he was fit to wear the suspenseful shoes of his biggest influence more than once, most notably during a lengthy scene at a motel (where else?). It's so damn good on a technical level, regardless of what you think of the rest of the film.

4 dramatic exits out of 5


cuckoo said...

Wonderful film.

Actually one of my favorite De Palma's.

Dr Faustus said...

I didn’t know which side of the fence you’d be on, considering your love for Psycho.

I like Lithgow. It’s fun to see him be a bad guy.