Ken Tucker
September 22, 2006 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Pretty Poison

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
R
performer
Anthony Perkins, Tuesday Weld
director
Noel Black
author
Lorenzo Semple Jr.
genre
Mystery and Thriller, Romance

We gave it an A-

EW PICK

A nifty little suspense tale lifted into near-greatness by Tuesday Weld’s performance as a radiantly sexy high school majorette who tricks an understandably gaga Tony Perkins (freshly released from a mental institution) into helping her commit murder. Set in a small Massachusetts mill town, Pretty Poison unfolds like a literary thriller and sustains an air of eerily calm menace and — thanks to director Noel Black and the enthusiastic work of Weld and Perkins?an erotic allure that will jolt you. EXTRAS None of note; and oh, for a Weld commentary!

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