Stone Cold Dead

1979

Crime  Thriller  

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Michael Ironside as n Murdered Police Detectiven n
Richard Crenna as n Sgt. Boydn n
Paul Williams as n Julius Kurtzn n
Alberta Watson as n Olivia Pagen n
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Movie Reviews

Reviewed by msroz 9 / 10

Drug and streetwalker scene invaded by a serial shooter

Much as I like Richard Crenna, even to appreciating highly his version of "Double Indemnity", he cannot save this picture "Stone Cold Dead" (1979). I agree with the IMDb voter assessment (5.2) which says this is below par. The existing 4 reviews like various aspects of the film, which is all well and good, but overall it is not a good film. It's a neo-noir, but apart from the milieu, it's not that much of a neo-noir. It's a giallo, but not much of one, lacking flair. The movie lacks forward momentum and tension. It lacks focus. Its main interest seems to be to dawdle with various characters making up the drug, pimp, streetwalker scene, but without much relation to the serial killer plot. The giallo movies often have a serial killer whose identity is hidden, as in this movie. Their challenge is this: What do the detectives do while the bodies pile up? They cannot make much headway because the movie is intent on showing a string of killings. But if they are not making headway, then what are they doing? In this movie, Crenna is mainly working on Linda Sorenson. Meanwhile, the pimp played by Paul Williams is given quite a lot of screen development too. The acting is good. There are bits that are of interest. It is just that the story doesn't flow and has little impact.In my limited viewing experience, I have found some very good Canadian-made movies. There is of course a distribution that ranges from duds to excellence. But the modal picture tends to inherit a certain quietness and dullness, a lack of spark and boldness. There is too much of a laid-back character. The Canadian cinema doesn't inherit the British disease of excessive talk, but in its own way it inherits too much gentility. "Stone Cold Dead" has numerous characters in a sleazy environment, such that it could have been much more edgy. The opportunities were wasted. The story was rather on the clumsy side in developing the various possible suspects, and that was annoying.

Reviewed by shoobe01-1 9 / 10

Tantalizingly Close, Yet So Far

Richard Crenna and Paul Williams are excellent, a few supporting actors are also outstanding. The photography is occasionally too gimmicky, but is mostly good to exceptional. The music is great, even when it's not music I love it fits. It establishes a mood, time and place (It's Very, Very Toronto, not NYC or LA...) nicely. There's some lovely editing, lighting and the sound design and recording is vastly above par for the era, and pretty good for today's technology and sensibility. A lot of it is filmed in real locations, and it's a lovely slice of 70's TO. Sets stick out like a sore thumb, and the occasional covering of a brand with gaffer tape is too obvious also. The snowstorm seems like a mistake as well they had to go with for budget/schedule, and there are a few radio VOs to explain things that are just very oddly/badly done. Some key supporting actors are just awful and similarly stick out, which is all too bad. But most disappointingly, for much of the film there's no plot to speak of, and the story rambles for no good reason. The serial killer plot is poorly done, unlikely, and while the ending is somewhat interestingly done, in the final analysis I think unnecessary and too clever by half. I feel instead that this film would have worked much better with Richard Crenna going after a single murder in the same awful place full of crime and the immorality that eats at him, and trying to pin it on Paul Williams much as he does already.

Reviewed by thinker1691 9 / 10

" Remember Rule Number One, Never take it home with You "

Within the dark wet streets of any city, there lurks the criminal thoughts of any of it's equally dark inhabitants. Some are good, others bad and still others are downright lethal and often lead to murder. This black 1970's murder, mystery was originally written by Hugh Garner and directed for the screen by George Mendeluk. It's the story of Decective Sgt Boyd (Richard Crenna) who despite his years of police service to the Dept. cannot fathom the endless violence which continues night after night. In this latest crime spree, there seems to be a night-time sniper who is killing ladies of the night or prostitutes for no apparent reason. In addition, there are suspicious characters like a local drug lord named Julius Kurtz (Paul Williams) who also has a stable of Whores and secret ties to the police. Personal involvements to several women in the stable makes the case difficult for Boyd as he is interested in helping them. The movie is slow to develop and the audience is thrown more than it needs when it comes to trying to pinpointing the killer. Still with Williams and Crenna playing off one another the film makes for interesting viewing. Recommended to mystery buffs and fans of both stars. ****

Reviewed by PeterMitchell-506-564364 9 / 10

Stone cold solid 80's thriller

Another well plotted thriller, sees a prostitute hating nut taking out his victims with a fancy rifle, silencer attached. That's not all, our nut has a camera mounted on his rifle, so at the point of shot, he takes a series of photos until they are, as the title refers. Obviously typecast, is Sly's good mate, caring cop, Richard Crenna, out to bust this pimp, Kurtz, and awesome piece of acting from Paul Williams, who just outdoes the others. His women, including one of his favorites, are being taken out. Again this is a highly constructed thriller, where your guesses to to the killer will waiver from one to another. Some real American style violence, one scene with a disgruntled black pro who takes it in the neck, some blood cascading out, is a little sick. Her john, (a professor) staggered, trying to plug the flow of blood, apanic, becomes an informant for Crenna in the case, who keeps the poor guy's spit clean reputation intact. There are some scenes you don't expect to see in a film, like this. Still quite hot looking, 50's pro (Belinda Montgomery-great in the part) where time has worn her through this profession, becomes romantically involved with Crenna. She suggests to him "Lets do something that I haven't done for ages". They go ice skating, Crenna, not a good skater, by any means. Also we get to see the time activating gadget for feeding his fish which starts with a phonecall. Crenna's female friend, who's working undercover, to try and bust his arch rival, Kurtz, is fun too. She takes her undercover role a little too seriously, her demise near the end, came as quite a shock in it's first viewing. Stone Cold Dead is a solid rate thriller, that does tend to fall a bit into sleaze here and there. But we learn a little bit more about people in this flick. How many other films like this, do that. A must for psychological thriller fans, good performances, all round. The actress who plays Montgomery's daughter is creepy as.

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