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31 Days Of Horror: BLUE STEEL

For the next 31 days, we here at Adamantium Bullet will be reviewing one horror film a day leading up to Halloween. Each film will be horrific, terrifying, chilling, pulse-pounding, or flat-out awful. All will be endured in honor of the season. Expect SPOILERS. Welcome to Adamantium Bullet’s “All 80s” edition of 31 DAYS OF HORROR.

In this episode, J Bryant and AngieBee discuss the director Kathryn Bigelow's pulse-pounding 1989 psycho pic BLUE STEEL starring Jamie Lee Curtis, Ron Silver, Clancy Brown, Tom Sizemore, and Richard Jenkins.

Rookie cop Megan Turner (Jamie Lee Curtis) orders a burglar to drop his gun. He whirls to shoot. Too late. Turner fires, killing him instantly. But she doesn't know that someone has been watching. And when that someone lifts the burglar's gun from the crime scene, carves Turner’s name into the bullets, and uses them in a series of murders, Turner is drawn into a deadly game of wits with a psychopath who's always one step ahead …and much closer than she thinks!

Nine dead. Three men and one woman killed on-screen, one woman and four unidentified victims killed off-screen.

While it would be easy to go with the crazy death of Tracy (Elizabeth Pena) or epic annihilation of Eugene (Ron Silver) here, our pick for MOST MEMORABLE KILL goes to Megan’s takedown of the unnamed burglar (Tom Sizemore, in his film debut). One bullet would’ve been enough to incapacitate the guy, but Megan goes into “Dirty Harry” mode, and nails him with six shots which sends him sailing through a plate glass window.

Tasteful skin from Nick (Clancy Brown) and Megan during their love scene, and multiple moments of uncomfortable skin from Eugene when he bathes in hooker blood by the moonlight, digs a bullet out of his arm after getting shot, and gets crazy mad dog rape-y. Not all at the same time, mind you, but over the course of the film. BLUE STEEL is already crazy enough. It’d be TOO crazy if he got naked and did all that sh*t at once.

Three quotes from BLUE STEEL win this category. The first one is a great villain line from Eugene: “Death is the best kick of all. That's why they save it for last.” Second is a great badass heroine line from Megan: “I’m going to personally see to it that your client is removed from the face of the Earth.” Third is Nick’s world-weary truth bomb: “Y'know what I love about this city? You can throw a stick up in the air and it'll land on a taxi or an ambulance.

As strong a character as Megan is, she takes way too f*cking long to figure out that Eugene is the killer. It’s pretty obvious from their “Meet Cute” first date that something is deeply wrong with the guy. Nobody within minutes of meeting a person should be inserting “I knew from the first minute I saw you…” into the conversation. The fact Megan doesn’t pick up on his vibe immediately, even with what has happened in her life, leads to a solid string of IDIOT MOMENTS.

This is less of a “WTF?!?” MOMENT for this film and more a “WTF?!?” SUBPLOT, but I’ve never understood why the filmmakers opted to include an abusive dad subplot. Yes, making Megan’s dad (Philip Bosco) abusive gave motivation for her wanting to become a police officer. I get that. That’s fine. Solid character backstory establishing business. Happens in pretty much every other film. Unfortunately, having that subplot here dilutes the material a bit. This is story about a rookie cop battling a serial killer and misogyny. It’s about a tough woman taking on a tough world. Establishing that she beaten down as a child and that was what drove her to becoming a cop just doesn’t feel right. This should’ve been about a woman just wanting to make the world a better place. Giving her that damage, or baggage if you prefer, has never really sat well with me. The male lead in most cop thrillers doesn’t have that kind of backstory. I don’t see why Megan had to. It might’ve been good for the character’s motivation, but it was pointless for the film.

> Philip Bosco plays the father of policewoman Jamie Lee Curtis. In real life, he's the son of policewoman Margaret Raymond Thek Bosco. (IMDB)

> Screenwriter Eric Red suggested Jamie Lee Curtis for the lead role. (IMDB)

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