The Bloody Brood

Director: Julian Roffman

Reviewed by Paghat the Ratgirl

The unusual film noir The Bloody Brood (1959) is set in the daddio beatnik world of bongos, jazz, modern art, cynical poetry, digging the scene, & avoiding the squares. Beats are portrayed as decadent, drug abusing, morally suspect rebels with morbid fascinations for death, providing a ripe playground that a psycho might dominate.

Peter Falk is Nico, the hipster philosoher very influential in the scene. To fight off his boredom, he talks one of his friends (Ron Hartmann) into a thrill killing, feeding Roy (Bill Kowalchuk), a sweet young bicycle messanger who isn't part of the beat scene, a hamburger laced with ground glass.

Roy's older brother Cliff (Jack Betts) together with Inspector McCloud (Robert Christie) investigates Ray's murder. Nico remains a cool cat throughout but his collaborator may be losing it.

The sets & high-contrast b/w cinematography & Peter Falk's performance all lend a grim vitality to the film. Though the beat movement is portrayed as little more than a criminal underground for vice, the fashion of it has an air of authenticity despite promoting the usual adult terror of youth culture.

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