Dressed To Kill
The blurb on the backs:
She reddens her mouth, styles her hair, smoothes her dress, hides her eyes behind dark glasses - drops the razor into her shoulder bag and smiles, thinking 'Elliott ... Elliott, this one's just for you...'
Great film, Dressed to Kill. Brian De Palma may get criticized for being too derivative of Hitchcock, but I don't have a problem with that. Anyway Dressed to Kill is a more entertaining slash 'n' stalk movie than Psycho, to which it is heavily indebted. And it's got the delightful Angie Dickinson and the variable Michael Caine, both of them on top form here.
The novelization by Campbell Black from De Palma's script is neither here nor there. Like most of these things, it sticks too closely to the film in a way that films don't bother when the process is reversed. That's the inherent structural problem with all these books really. Ho hum.
Mr Black has also written under the names Thomas Altman, Jeffrey Campbell and Thomas Weldon.
ENTERTAINMENT VALUE: 2/5
HIPNESS QUOTIENT: 2/5