Quote of the Week

Timothy Carey goes further than the smiling heavies who show a lot of tooth: he shows a lot of gum. Not that the Carey smile has anything to do with humour: it happens, for instance, when he is concentrating, when in The Killing he is centring the telescopic sight of his rifle on a racehorse. In the next Stanley Kubrick film, Paths of Glory, he was one of the soldiers chosen by lot to be executed, but such a claim on audience sympathy is totally exceptional for Carey, who is unlike other heavies in being totally without attractive characteristics. As he is repulsive looking as well as being normally very evil, he induces an unambiguous audience reaction–it’s just not possible to harbour a subversive liking for a Carey villain.

Recently he turned up in Aqua Sex [Mermaids of Tiburon], a particularly crummy exploitation movie about mermaids (who came in various varieties–with legs or tails, bras or no bras). Carey disturbed the peace of their island in search of treasure and so became perhaps the first man in movies to be done to death by mermaids.

Ian and Elisabeth Cameron, The Heavies (Frederick A. Praeger, Inc., 1967)

The Killing