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Trailers from Hell: 'Blood Simple,' The Arrival of The Coen Brothers

Photo of Trailers From Hell By Trailers From Hell | Thompson on Hollywood September 17, 2012 at 12:45PM

It's the beginning of Coen Brothers Week at Trailers from Hell and Josh Olson is starting us off with the trailer for 1984's "Blood Simple."
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'Blood Simple'
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It's the beginning of Coen Brothers Week at Trailers from Hell and Josh Olson is starting us off with the trailer for 1984's "Blood Simple."

Dashiell Hammett's classic thriller Red Harvest provided the title for Joel and Ethan Coen's first movie, a neo-noir that set the tone for acclaimed follow-ups like "Fargo" and "Miller's Crossing."

"Blood simple" is a term that describes the disoriented, terrified behavior of people exposed to prolonged violent activities. The DVD "director's cut" is three minutes shorter than the original theatrical release. Remade in 2009 by Zhang Yimou as A Woman, a Gun and a Noodle Shop.

This article is related to: Trailers from Hell, Video, Genres, Joel Coen, Ethan Coen, Coens


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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.