When it comes to films, best-actor Oscar nominee (for "Salvador") James Woods is no stranger to violence, as witness "The Onion Field," "Videodrome," "Once Upon a Time in America." But now we're talkin' new levels of gruesome, at least judging by a January-dated draft we saw of "Blood on the Moon," now shooting around L.A.
The script has one scene with a woman's head bobbing in a swimming pool. But no big deal. Later, Detective Woods finds girlfriend Joanie dead, her body nude, handcuffed and "carved up," frying on a stove, with all four burners going and . . . well, this isn't your best Sunday morning reading with your bagels and cream cheese.
Attached to the corpse is a note: "Dinner's ready."
The novel (by James Ellroy) and movie is a psychological thriller about a serial killer who brutally murders feminists--and the chauvinist cop (Woods) who becomes sensitized to women's issues while tracking him down.
Could writer-director-producer James B. Harris be trying to have it both ways--exploiting a feminist angle while giving us more gross violence against women?