Genre Guesstimation – Blood Simple. (1984)

The idea behind this feature (Genre Guesstimation) is for me to watch a bunch of new movies (or ones that I haven’t seen many times) from the chosen monthly GG genre in order to expand my knowledge of movies within that particular genre.

This month’s Genre has been chosen by Ghezal of Ghezal Plus Movies and she has chosen the genre of Film Noir Movies

Please get me your submissions by the 25th of July by sending them to

Try to think out of the box! Great choice Ghezal!

Let’s see if I felt that this movie would be worthy of being in the company of my others favorite movies in the genre of Film Noir.

“Never point a gun at anyone, unless you mean to shoot him And if you shoot him, you better make sure he’s dead. Because if he ain’t dead, he’s gonna get up and try to kill you. That’s the only thing they taught us in the service that’s worth a god damn. ” – Ray

Number of Times Seen – Twice (31 Mar 2001 and 10 Jul 2017)

Brief Synopsis – A man suspecting his wife is having an affair hires a hitman to kill her and her lover.

My Take on it – What a way for the Coen Brothers to debut in film.

This film is based on such a simple premise yet does a wonderful job fleshing out the complexities of it all.

This film is filled with lots of twists and turns along the way that keep you guessing about what is really going on.

They do a great job keeping things gripping the whole way through.

I really loved the way that they used the sense of sound to keep us guessing because they make certain sounds sound much like other one (ie gunshot sound when something falls).

As great as this film is, it still isn’t as amazing as Fargo (1996), but it still can be considered one of the best low budget debuts ever.

The cast is superbly chosen with Frances McDormand, John Getz, Dan Hedaya and M. Emmett Walsh all giving near perfect performances.

Bottom Line – Great debut for the Coen Brothers. The twists and turns keep coming the whole way through. Simple premise that is done in such a way that it stays gripping the whole way through. Loved the use of sound to keep us guessing things. Still not as great as Fargo (1996) but amazing as a low budget debut. Highly Recommended

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – The title is based on a phrase from the Dashiell Hammett novel ‘Red Harvest’, in which “blood simple” is a term coined to describe the addled, fearful mindset people are in after a prolonged immersion in violent situations. Blood Simple writers Joel Coen and Ethan Coen later made Miller’s Crossing (1990) which is loosely based on that novel. (From IMDB)

Genre Grandeur Worthy? – Definitely! Despite not being perfect, it comes quite close. The story is gripping and fillsuch great twists and turns along the way.

Rating – Oscar Worthy


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