Pretty Poison


Saturday, Nov. 10 at 11:00am
St. Louis Public Library

Part of SLIFF’s Golden Anniversaries: 1968 program, director Noel Black’s cult classic “Pretty Poison” is a darkly comic thriller about Dennis (Anthony Perkins), a disturbed young arsonist recently released from a mental institution. When Dennis falls for radiant all-American teenager Sue Ann (Tuesday Weld), she ironically turns out to be the true psychotic, displaying a particular animus toward her mother (Beverly Garland). Prompted by Sue Ann, the pair embark on a series of “missions” that inevitably culminate in murder. J. Hoberman writes in the New York Times: “An unheralded sleeper that was re-edited, shelved and dumped by its studio and then panned in the daily press, ‘Pretty Poison’ was resurrected by its distributor after it was championed by other critics, notably Pauline Kael. It proved to be the most critically divisive movie of 1968 and for some the kickiest.”

86 min.

Directed by

Noel Black



Film Category

Archival Presentations Golden Anniversaries: 1968


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With an intro and post-film discussion by Lynn Venhaus, National Alliance of Women Film Journalists.

Sponsored by

St. Louis Film Critics Association