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Kiss Me Deadly

Released 1955
Distributor United Artists

Producer Victor Saville made movies out of three hardboiled Mike Hammer novels by Mickey Spillane, but this is the only one, thanks to director Robert Aldrich, that transcended its potboiler origins. Spillane hated it, and told screenwriter A.I. Bezerrides so. Ralph Meeker plays Hammer as a nihilistic, blackmailing sadist–and he’s the hero. Cold war atomic paranoia at its finest. This trailer (which is unfortunately textless, without title cards) features numerous shots of the apocalyptic ending that was only recently restored to prints.

About Josh Olson

Josh Olson was the only student in his second grade class to see The House That Dripped Blood. Many years later, he wrote and directed the no-budget horror film, Infested, a brutal assault on The Big Chill, with zombies. He went on to write the screenplay for A History Of Violence and was nominated for the WGA, BAFTA and Academy Awards for Best Screenplay. He kept losing to Larry McMurtry, but that’s okay. He has written features and TV shows with Harlan Ellison, Walter Hill, Slash, Willie Nelson, and Mick Jagger. His Village Voice essay “I Will Not Read Your Fucking Script” became an internet phenomenon, getting upwards of five million hits. The ten-part audio drama Bronzeville which he wrote, starring Laurence Fishburne, Larenz Tate, Tracee Ellis Ross, Omari Harwicke and Tika Sumpter was a popular and critical hit, and is currently being developed for TV. He and John Brancato (The Game) recently wrote and sold the feature spec Trigger Warning, which is being produced by Thunder Road. Josh is the host of Trailers From Hell's official podcast, The Movies That Made Me, available everywhere podcasts are streamed and downloaded!