π‘―π’Šπ’•π’„π’‰π’„π’π’„π’Œ’𝒔 π‘·π’”π’šπ’„π’‰π’ {1960}.

The reaction/mood of Norman Bates {portrayed iconically by Anthony Perkins} changes rather drastically, from chipper, to utterly incredulous, to overtly hostile, to a resigned world-weariness, to a last attempt at chipperness, when Janet Leigh’s character suggests, out of concern for Norman, that his mother be put in “…some…place…”

When the dogged, unswerving Milton Arbogast {Martin Balsam} calmly dissembles the slowly dissolving structural integrity of Norman’s version of events, he opts to do nothing less than trot out the heavy artillery, proclaiming “If it doesn’t gel, it isn’t aspic; and this ain’t gelling.” Stunned silence proceeds to take over the entire universe.

πΆβ„Žπ‘Ÿπ‘–π‘ π‘‘π‘–π‘Žπ‘› 𝑆𝑧𝑒𝑙𝑙: π‘€π‘Žπ‘Ÿπ‘Žπ‘‘β„Žπ‘œπ‘› π‘€π‘Žπ‘›.

The sadistic war criminal Christian Szell {portrayed brilliantly by Laurence Olivier} gets up to some nefarious goings-on in Marathon Man…until Dustin Hoffman finally captures him (…on film).

Psychopathic Types IV

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Some fine work here by some of our best. First, Ian Holm does Jack The Ripper. Mr. Holm, not usually known for this type of thing, “kills” it. Amazing creativity. Then my guy Tom Noonan plays John Lee Roche, a towering psychopath who is soft-spoken but quite hilarious: nothing could beat “You’re just resisting me.” for a bit of dialogue with such a type. Next, career “Hey! It’s THAT guy!” actor…..which means you’re doing something RIGHT….Mark Holton allows John Gacy to inhabit him utterly in Crawl Space (2003). Very cool, very deadpan….then, in a (for me) surprise of sorts, Brian Dennehy pulls a devastating gem from his arsenal in his *own* portrayal of The Killer Clown in 1992’s To Catch a Killer. This is the only scene in the TV-movie with any violence, really,Β  of any kind….and here it’s 100% psychological (which, if you’ve been there….)….but/and Dennehy’s undeniably intense psychopathic trance is unforgettable, poignant, tragic.Β  And plenty frightening. Whoa.

π‘‡β„Žπ‘’ πΆβ„Žπ‘Ÿπ‘–π‘ π‘‘π‘œπ‘β„Ž π‘Šπ‘Žπ‘™π‘‘π‘§.

{Note: Revised 7/22/2019}

The great Christoph Waltz, Two-Time Academy Award winner, shows some of his inimitable what-have-you.

Ravenous.

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Brilliant actor Robert Carlyle, and the extremely weird, uneasy cult masterpiece Ravenous (1999). Directed by Antonia Bird.

 

𝑻𝒉𝒆 𝑴𝒂𝒓𝒍𝒐𝒏 𝑩𝒓𝒂𝒏𝒅𝒐.

Amazing how Marlon could so casually convey supreme menace from situations which are hardly synonymous with menace-conveying.

Sheer, unnerving menace…from the confines of a bubble bath...

The truly great Marlon Brando, appearing here in The Missouri Breaks, One-Eyed Jacks, Apocalypse Now, and The Island of Dr. Moreau. One of the supreme practitioners of his art, ever to stride across the earth.