Thursday, July 1, 2010

BOOK VS MOVIE: In Cold Blood

I've recently taken an interest in criminology. I don't know why, but I find it very fascinating.

On November 15, 1959, the peace of Holcomb, Kansas was shattered by the brutal murder of the Clutter family. The killers, Dick Hickock and Perry Smith, manage to evade the law for several months after the crime is committed. The crime would've remained unsolved had Floyd Wells, a prisoner who once celled with Dick, hadn't reported who the killers were.

Truman Capote successfully manages to create a whole level of creepy just with his writing. Richard Brooks' movie was also creepy, but not on the same level with Capote's book. There's one line uttered by Perry that scared the hell out of me:

"I thought he was a very nice gentleman. Soft-spoken. I thought so right up to the moment I cut his throat."

(shudder) Scary.

What's worth checking out?: I'd go with the book.

1 comment:

  1. Again, I completely agree with your final summation. The film was good, but it nowhere compares with the Capote non-fiction novel it was based on. I know, the book's subject is as dreary and morbid as it can get. Yet, the intricate descriptions and the power of Capote's language made me immerse myself into the incredibly chalked out characters and the horrific proceedings. Truly an amazing piece of journalistic literature.

    In fact I too had written a review of the book. If you're interested you may find it here -


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