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THE DEATH KISS
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Reviewed by: Mike Catalano

Directed by: Edwin L. Marin

Starring:
Bela Lugosi
David Manners
Adrienne Ames
John Wray

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What's it about
There's been a murder on the set of a Hollywood movie, see! And it's up to a cocky, gumshoe/novelist and a couple of coppers to solve the crime!

Is it good movie?
Okay, first off, I've gotta inform you that THE DEATH KISS is not a typical type of AITH flick. So, all you regular fun-loving gorehounds can stop reading this right now. However, if any of you out there are into extremely old movies of yesteryear, then you may find some enjoyment. There definitely is a vast difference between films like this and the ones we watch today. For instance, a character in DEATH KISS is shot in the beginning, yet no bullet holes or even an ounce of blood is shown. I know something like this would have been perfectly passable in the 1930's, however for me it just seemed ridiculous.

Yes, I am not a huge fan of old, "classic"-type movies, especially ones that are even the slightest bit a part of our beloved genre. Sure, DEATH KISS does have a relaxing nostalgic quality, but that's hardly enough to make me want to sit through it again. First off, the dialogue is laughable with a bunch of lame one-liners. The fact that some of the flick's edits were off, which led to a few scenes that jumped sporadically, didn't help either.

Also, the story itself was pretty silly as well. All the cops in the movie were made to look like complete dummies that had no idea how to properly piece together bits of evidence. Yet "Mr. Drew", the mystery novelist, was able to brilliantly discover all the proper pieces of the puzzle, while slyly inserting little jabs of mockery at the cops the whole time. This just didn't make logical sense.

Maybe I'm being too hard on DEATH KISS because it was made for a 1930's audience, but am I supposed to believe that back then all cops were idiots and only suave writers could solve crimes of murder? I hope not. And if this was to be taken as a serious mystery film, then I'm crying foul.

Video / Audio
Video Full Screen 1.33:1

Audio English, Dutch, Italian, French, & Spanish dolby digital.

The Extras
Two episodes of this weird 1936 series called UNDERSEA KINGDOM.

Last Call
If you can suspend disbelief like an innocent, naive native of the 1930's, then perhaps you'll have a good time with DEATH KISS. I just was not bit by the "classic bug" this time around.

ARROW IN THE HEAD'S RATING SYSTEM
star star star star I'D BUTCHER MY FAMILY TO SEE THIS AGAIN
star star star HANG ME BUT I DUG IT A LOT
star star AN OK WAY TO KILL TWO HOURS
star JUST SLING AN ARROW IN MY HEAD AND LET ME DIE IN PEACE

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