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Getting Chills From Pacific Heights Thrills Suspense films dish out edge-of-your-seat anxiety with nail biting anticipation to the audience by making them feel as though they were part of the experience instead of a mere spectator Pacific Heights directed by John Schlesinger may have been more dramatic than suspenseful but it definitely delivered enough of both to keep the audience intrigued and thirsting for more Men make all decisions are never wrong and can remain rational in any situation while women are submissive wear skirts and cater to their husbands every whim but not in Pacific Heights Melanie Griffith plays Patty Drakes girlfriend and from the beginning is shown to be the dominant of the two making a role reversal of the sexes imminent Patty literally wears the pants in the relationship and shows it in every way She takes care of any jam the couple gets into and never loses her cool in their times of crisis even when she comes face to face with their tenant from hell Carter Hayes Patty is the definite heroin of the film by not only slaying the demon Hayes but by also using her head and screwing him over and regaining Drakes identity and money Carter Hayes is by far the best villain ever Hes manipulative conniving cunning and so good at it He lies to everyone but somehow no one realizes it and he goes on his scheming way Add to this Carter played by Michael Keaton yes Beetlejuice himself with his devilish smile and narrow eyes to produce the best villainous face since Jack Nicholson in The Shining If the role reversal between Drake and Patty or the constant turbulence with Carters residency werent enough to keep the audience in their seats Keatons manifestation of Hayes should have been enough to send chills down anyones spine He became the epitome of all that was devious and mischievous throughout the film and was as
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