Kill Your Darlings: Crimes Of Passion In Film

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Kill Your Darlings, a dark tale of poetic lust and tragedy during the beat generation, which stars the famous faces of Daniel Radcliffe and Dane DeHaan, has just been released on DVD and Blu-ray™. Set in 1944, the film follows young poet Allen Ginsberg as he moves to New York to attend Columbia University, where he embraces a new world of culture, intellect and freedom.  There, he falls under the spell of fellow student Lucien Carr and the pair form an intense relationship and together they fly into a whirlwind of daringly modern and bold ideas and attitudes, which challenge traditions.  However, Carr is the unwilling love interest of the much older David Kammerer, which causes a love triangle of resent and friction. This results in Kammerer being left on the outside looking in and his exclusion results in a devastatingly deadly confrontation between him and Lucien, which leads to a murder investigation that changes everyone’s lives forever…

Delving into the thriller genre of Kill Your Darlings and taking on the theme of murder, we’ve decided to take a look at the biggest crimes of passion in film and the most impactful crimes that have been portrayed in cinema.


Ain’t Them Bodies Saints: The cover up 

Impassioned young outlaw couple Bob Muldoon and Ruth Guthrie were apprehended following a dramatic shootout in the Texas hills that left a local officer wounded by a bullet from Ruth’s gun. After taking the blame for his lover, Bob was sentenced to 25 years in jail. Unable to face separation from the love of his life any longer, Bob engineers a daring escape from prison, where he embarks on a journey to reconnect with Ruth and finally meet the daughter born during his incarceration against insurmountable odds. The passage home is paved with difficulty, with many obstacles along the way threatening to keep the star-crossed lovers apart forever…


Kill Your DarIings: The messy love triangle


As you read earlier, Carr is the unwilling love interest of the socially excluded David Kammerer, which causes a love triangle with him and Ginsberg. Carr cuts all ties with Kammerer and ditches him as his go-to essay writer and instead opts for new love interest Ginsberg’s help with writing. This news leads to a brutal stabbing by Carr, where his murder of Kammerer is completed as he plunges him in a river to drown.


Kill Bill Volume 1: The unhappy pregnancy 

The film opens with pregnant lady The Bride as she lies badly wounded on her wedding day, revealing to an unseen Bill that she is carrying his child. Following this shocking news, Bill dramatically shoots her in the head. Despite this horrific crime, The Bride apparently survives and continues her journey through the rest of the plot of the film seeking revenge.


Fatal Attraction: The obsessive suicide

Dan Gallagher is a successful, happily married New York attorney living in Manhattan. That is, until he meets Alexandra “Alex” Forrest, an editor for a publishing company through work. While his family are out of town for the weekend, he has a passionate affair with Alex. Though he thought it was understood to be a simple fling, she begins clinging to him in an unmoving way. As Dan explains that he must leave her to go home, Alex cuts her wrists in a suicide attempt.


Basic Instinct: Rock n Roll Mystery 

Retired rock star Johnny Boz is found viciously stabbed to death with an ice pick, with his hands tied to the bedpost with a white silk scarf. Homicide detective Nick Curran is sent to investigate a mysterious blonde woman who he slept with that night, with the key suspect being Catherine Tramell, a crime novelist who was already written a novel telling the story of the death.


Kill Your Darlings, the true story of the pivotal year that sparked Ginsberg’s creative revolution, and joined together greatest poets of the beat generation, is available to order on Blu-ray and DVD now.

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Alton loves film. He is founder and Editor In Chief of BRWC.  Some of the films he loves are Rear Window, Superman 2, The Man With The Two Brains, Clockwise, Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind, Trading Places, Stir Crazy and Punch-Drunk Love.



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