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"Wicked, Wicked" - An Underrated Gem
- Austin Young
I had the pleasure of watching "Wicked, Wicked" on TCM a couple months ago late at night, by myself. And boy, did I love it. "Wicked, Wicked" is about a masked killer who stalks and kills blonde women at a California hotel (the beautiful Hotel del Coronado). About 99% of the movie is presented in "Duo-Vision," which is just a fancy term for split-screen. The film's leading lady, Lisa James (played by Tiffany Bolling), is a lounge singer staying in the hotel who soon becomes the killer's next target. Let me just warn you right now: Tiffany Bolling vocals the film's title song about halfway into the movie, and it will be stuck in your head for days. Occasionally, an elderly organist will play the music that serves as a score for the more suspenseful moments. She doesn't interact with any of the characters, nor does she add to the story in any way. She is simply there to supply music for what is happening on the other side of the screen. I don't know what's so special about "Wicked, Wicked"; the story isn't that original and the acting isn't anything special. But there's a slight campiness to it that makes it fun to watch. To be honest, I'm surprised this movie doesn't have a larger following. Sadly, it was never released on DVD and I don't think it ever will be. I'd strongly suggest giving it a shot. Just don't expect a Hitchcockian masterpiece.
Ya gotta replay this one, for I recorded it, and didn't get the ending. Now I'm hooked gotta show it soon. Said 95 min, had 110 on the recorder,but still didn't get the end. is neat how the two showing go. Really want to see it again, and get the ending! !
Can not be resisted, so don't even try
- sister ramone
Caught this during an insomniac night earlier in the week. I did not want to watch, but could not resist! Can something be awful and awesome all at the same time? THE SPLIT SCREEN HAD MY HEAD SPINNING. but was actually utilized well at times, like Mrs. Carradine telling the story of how her husband died on one side, while we see her bashing his skull on the other half! Lisa hooking up with the Detective-the fireworks, a-bomb, smoking in the dark afterwards... I really was laughing out loud. The old lady and the organ, the cop that looked like Elvis Costello with gritted teeth? And I am still singing "Wicked Wicked, that's the ticket.......
Ahead of its time
- gary smith
I found this film to be quite amazing, a split screen, 2 views at the same time. The story, acting, photography and music, kept my interest all the way through. Today the multiple images would be more appreciated than in the 70s, so many video games use the same concept. The music is mostly a Theatre Pipe Organ, reminescent of the silent movie days, and it works great. The music fits the movie perfectly, and adds to the excitement and mood. This will be a cult movie if enough people get to see it, I have only seen it 2 times in 30 years. I don't want to repeat what others have said, so read the other reviews Come on TCM show it again!
Play it Again!!!!
My brother and I thought we were the only people in the world to see this movie when it came out. No one seems to have seen it. Now we know it's real! Play it again because we missed it!!!!
Witty use of dual images in WICKED, WICKED
The witty use of dual images in WICKED, WICKED for practically the entire movie not only elevates the material, but makes you wonder why more filmmakers haven't realized its possibilities for more than a scene or two. As also seen in, for example, MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE, the dual images in WICKED, WICKED sometimes show different views of a scene or simultaneous action in different locations. But in addition, the second images are used as flashbacks for a character, or as contradiction or ironic commentary to what's being recalled. Sure, the slasher plot is derivative, but the plot makes good use of the intricacies of a sprawling resort hotel. The supporting cast adds class: Arthur O'Connell, Madeleine Sherwood, Scott Brady and, briefly, Diane McBain. Maybe intentionally, the film's hero and the icy leading lady (his ex-wife) come across as less sympathetic than the killer. Of course, you root for the hero to track down and thwart the killer. Still, as shown in the last scene between the lovers, the film could really care less what happens to them. The movie is stuck in the 1970s with some garish costumes and "trendy" dialogue, but so are a lot of more highly regarded films of the period. Since WICKED, WICKED is a black comedy, the 1970s trappings add more amusement. Show it again, TCM!
missed its calling as a cult favorite
this movie was too hilarious to watch! from bad dialogue to use of props- I just wanted to watch this again and again!