Hard-to-watch noir taken from a 50's novel by Jim Thompson. In this film we had to watch two women being beaten to death by a cold-blooded, deeply troubled killer. Not my idea of a swell time.
CA excelled here following his dynamite performance in the Jesse James film. His high-pitched, whiny voice is perfect for masking demons swirling inside. The look of the film was spot on...golden yellow glows evoked a West Texas that never was. The supporting cast was solid except Elias Koteas who overplayed his scenes.
Compelling dramatic momentum led to an explosive climax. Strong stuff.