Sunday, February 3, 2013
Fatal Attraction, Clint Style: Play Misty For Me (1971)
starring: Clint Eastwood, Jessica Walter, Donna Mills
A forerunner to the stalker thrillers, Clint Eastwood stars in this one night stand gone homicidal as a midnight DJ who finds himself the obsession of a deranged fan.
When Disc jockey Dave Garver met with a fan named Evelyn Draper, he also found out that she's the anonymous caller who kept requesting to play "Misty" for her. After a quick drink in the bar and one night in bed, Dave begin to see an unusual obsession from Evelyn. As she begins to stalk him, throw fits when she's ignored or when she sees him with another woman (no matter what age), destroys his house and even attack his maid, Dave tries his best to escape her grasp; but when Evelyn spots Dave reconciling with his girlfriend Tobie, he may have no choice but to fight for his and his girlfriend's life, or risk being knifed to death...
I see this movie as more of Clint Eastwood straying from is badass persona he popularized by his Dirty Harry movies. His character's more vulnerable here, human if I may describe further, making his dilemma with a psychotic woman all the more understandably terrifying as you realize that this could happen in real life. (Frighteningly, I almost had one myself. It was an internet chat gone out of control when the girl I was chatting with began spamming me and sending me nude pictures. I wish I could say more, but I'll just stop myself before questions are asked...) So with realism being the basis of this movie's thrill, I'm glad there's only a few drawbacks that could had banter it. (some offbeat cheese here and there. Clint's character being too calm at some situation. No biggie.)
Bloody slasher or not, Play Misty for Me is a worthwhile thriller that fans can enjoy equally. If you're lonely tonight, or just wanna see Clint Eastwood solve a problem without the use of a gun, try this one for the night and see what could have been that one date with a chatroom gal you've missed last night...
1 male stabbed on the chest with shears
1 female falls to her death