'The Kill-Off' is the year's third film of a Jim Thompson novel

December 20, 1990|By Los Angeles Times

HOLLLYWOOD — HOLLYWOOD -- Hollywood's infatuation with Jim Thompson's gritty novels continues: "The Kill-Off" is now in a one-week run in Los Angeles to qualify for Oscar consideration.

The year's third Thompson adaptation, following "After Dark, My Sweet" and "The Grifters," was actually filmed back in early 1989 but couldn't find a distributor until now.

"It's a little film, and it's a dark film," says writer-director Maggie Greenwald. "It was a tough sell."

"The Kill-Off" is about nasty types who populate a New Jersey resort village.

Greenwald, who made her directorial debut with a direct-to-video comedy, "Home Remedy" (1986), will next direct Thompson's "Savage Night," about a reluctant hired killer, for Laurel Entertainment on a $5 million budget.

"Some people consider them a male terrain," she says of Thompson's tough characters and scenarios. "But I don't think that the dark side of life is exclusively male. Besides, he wrote some terrific female characters."

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