The Killer Is Loose

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"He was no ordinary killer... She was no ordinary victim... This is no ordinary motion picture!"
  • Passed
  • 1956
  • 1 hr 13 min
  • 6.6  (2,453)

The Killer Is Loose, directed by Budd Boetticher and released in 1956, is a classic film noir that will keep you on the edge of your seat. Starring the renowned actor Joseph Cotten alongside Rhonda Fleming and Wendell Corey, the movie focuses on a bank robbery gone wrong which leaves a police officer dead and the thief, Leon Poole (played by Corey), arrested and sent to jail.

However, Poole soon escapes and seeks revenge against the police detective who arrested him, Sam Wagner (played by Cotten). Fueled by his desire for vengeance, Poole begins to target Wagner's family, particularly his wife Lila (played by Fleming), and the chase to apprehend the killer becomes a thrilling game of cat and mouse.

The tension and suspense build up quickly in the opening scene as we witness the botched bank robbery, and the subsequent chase resulting in Poole's capture. However, it's when Poole escapes from jail and starts pursuing Wagner's family that the movie takes on a whole new level of intensity that will leave you wondering if they will be able to stop him before it's too late.

Adding to the film's intensity is the relationship between Wagner and Poole. Despite the fact that Poole is a killer, Wagner can't help but feel sorry for him due to his difficult upbringing and the fact that he has a young daughter who he genuinely cares for. This creates an interesting dynamic that adds to the complexity of the movie's plot.

The character development throughout the film is also exceptional. Cotten's portrayal of the detective who is tormented with guilt for his perceived role in getting a fellow officer killed is nuanced and textured. It's clear from the beginning of the movie that he is a man struggling to come to terms with his past and his place in the world, and the pressure of Poole's rampage only adds to his inner turmoil. On the other hand, Corey's performance as the killer is chilling and captivating, managing to elicit both fear and empathy from the audience.

As Poole's attacks become more frequent and violent, the tension between him and Wagner builds to a dramatic climax. The showdown is expertly crafted, as the audience is left wondering who will come out on top and if any of Wagner's family members will be caught in the crossfire.

Overall, The Killer Is Loose is a gripping film noir that offers a classic tale of revenge, guilt, and the moral complexities of police work. With a strong cast and expert direction, this movie is well worth a watch for any fan of the genre.

The Killer Is Loose is a 1956 drama with a runtime of 1 hour and 13 minutes. It has received mostly positive reviews from critics and viewers, who have given it an IMDb score of 6.6.

The Killer Is Loose
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    6.6  (2,453)