Coenpalooza! Blood Simple

(USA, 1984, 99 mins, Blu-ray Disc)
CAST Frances McDormand, John Getz, M Emmett Walsh, Dan Hedaya


You can’t keep a dead man down. Not in the Coens’ bravura suspense thriller. A curtain-raiser for tomorrow’s Coen Bros marathon - Coenapolooza! -:here’s the brothers’ first movie, a delectably twisted film noir set in modern day (well, mid 80s) Texas, where Marty (Dan Hedaya) doesn’t much care for the fact that his wife Abby (Frances McDormand) is playing around behind his back. This is one of the great debut films, bursting with malicious wit and style, with an unforgettable performance from character actor M Emmett Walsh as a sleazy private dick with a very personal notion of ethics.

"It’s the boys’ most immediately gratifying movie: The goods are delivered in a hearse." Wesley Morris, San Francisco Examiner

"A tight, beautifully ugly neo-noir classic." Kim Morgan, Portland Oregonian

"As black, sinful and nasty as a weekful of Hitchcocks, this is as fresh and intoxicating now as it was back then. In a word: deadly." Ian Nathan, Empire