|Dark Sky Films rescues a classic in the noir canon, splashing spotlights across tight blonde curls and the sharp edges of the murderous blades of a gardener's shears---Without Warning!|
Opening with pure noir murder, love-killer gardener Carl Martin (Adam Williams from North by Northwest) leaves his latest fair-haired victim gaping at the ceiling in a motel room in a post-passion melee. But our killer is not a random psycho, he's a clean-cut kid with an unknown chip on his shoulder, a pair of garden shears in his hands---and a murderous lust for big-busted blonde babes out for a quick night's thrill.
Befriending a local garden shop owner's daughter, Carl boldly snares her in his lair. Scant clues keep detective Ed Binns (12 Angry Men) busy while Carl keeps pruning the blondes. With a tip of the hat and a draw of the gun, the flatfoots keep our killer hustling until he's plucked his last daisy.
Editor's NoteCarl Martin (Andy Williams, NORTH BY NORTHWEST) is by all accounts an upstanding guy. Quiet, a bit withdrawn, but entirely inoffensive, he works as a gardener in the still-developing Los Angeles of the 1950s. But after he discovered that his beautiful blonde wife was betraying him wife another man, Carl was driven over the edge of sanity. Now, he trawls the streets at night, using a pair of garden shears to brutally murder any attractive blonde unfortunate enough to cross his path. Williams turns in a chilling performance in Arnold Laven's (THE RACK) moody noir slasher.
|Arnold Laven - Director|
|Arthur Gardner - Producer|
|Arthur Nadel - Editor|
|Herschel Gilbert - Musical Score|
|Joseph Biroc - Cinematographer|
|Ted Haworth - Production Designer|
|William Raynor - Screenplay|