Pretty Poison (4/12, 9:40pm)

“Boy, what a week. I met you on Monday, fell in love with you on Tuesday. Wednesday, I was unfaithful. Thursday, we killed a guy together. How ‘bout that for a crazy week, Sue Ann?” – Anthony Perkins as “Dennis”

“For those who have yet to experience its dumbfounding spell, the chance to discover this lost gem should not be missed… A strikingly singular postmodern take on the outlaw couple genre that still feels ahead of its time.” – Davin Reich, Cinespect

In his single finest, gently nuanced and most sympathetic post-Psycho role, Anthony Perkins plays a formerly institutionalized dreamer who meets his match in Tuesday Weld’s secretly warped girl-next-door high schooler. Quickly engaging in delusional/romantic spy games that are very real to him, and a fun small-town diversion for her, the two mesh into a heaven-sent couple — until the real world starts to encroach on a deadly scale. This brilliant post-noir study in psychological black comedy features finely-tuned performances from every single member of its cast, from its small supporting players all the way to Weld’s iconic “200-proof sociopath” (A/V Club). For decades, the only available screening print of this late-‘60s classic was a lone 16mm — but now, film fans can rejoice, for Cinefamily proudly presents Pretty Poison in a fantastic brand-new 35mm print!
Dir. Noel Black, 1968, 35mm, 89 min.

Watch Cinefamily’s original trailer for “Pretty Poison”!