January 17, 2019

In Cold Blood

“I thought that Mr. Clutter was a very nice gentleman. I thought so right up to the moment that I cut his throat.” Potent words confessed by Perry Smith, written in Truman Capote’s nonfiction title In Cold Blood.

Also the author of Breakfast at Tiffany’s, Other Voices, Other Rooms, The Muses Are Heard, etc.

But, there is no other title to be better known for than In Cold Blood;

Referred to as an adaptation of story, the film is contrary to the filming of most books. The movie captured true crime with the remarkable performances of two cons who extract enmity as well as pity, while they travel clumsily toward the rope, (called the gallows or the corner).

You watch it all unfold on location; places where Perry Smith and Richard “Dick” Hickock committed a series of crimes in 1967, including the real Clutter home where locals exclaim, they committed a crime that changed the city of Holcomb forevermore.

Watching the callous acts in the authentic house that you’ve read (true words) describe in the book? It is chilling. And all the more interesting. I couldn’t stop watching this.

The passion for displaying this historic crime is similar to what Capote brought to his book. He also traveled all the way to Holcomb from NYC, visiting The Cutter home as well as the prison; building relationships with the neighbors, and the prisoners themselves. His in-depth research for the book carried on to a witness in the killers execution in 1965.

This book was the first true crime nonfiction in history. Eerie fact, that keeps the pages turning.

The film reflects the book so well, the script is straight from the text. Therefore straight from Holcomb, Kansas. It’s no surprise this film received 4 Academy award nominations. This black and white film is arguably the best one. The shadows, flash lights etc. give the faces a light color brought to life through the empathy and horror it brings about.

I am throwing 5 gold stars to the horror that ignites while both reading and watching this true crime carryout in Holcomb, Kansas. In Cold Blood is a title that made both literary and cinematic history.

Written by Ali Berry, Horror Hut producer, set designer and staff writer; LPN

See also:

The critically acclaimed “Capote” film; 2005
Infamous; 2006
Cold blooded documentary series; 2018

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