Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB.
USA, 1991. Sotela Pictures. Screenplay by Yolande Turner, Charles Finch. Cinematography by Miles Cook. Produced by Mario Sotela. Music by Mark Mancina, Hans Zimmer. Production Design by Eve Cauley. Costume Design by Lynn Pickwell. Film Editing by Gene M. Gamache, B.J. Sears.
In this ridiculous thriller, Dylan McDermott plays a struggling writer trying to make it in the world of literature, spending his days as a real estate agent to get by financially. When he is given the assignment of a virtually unsalable house that has remained empty because of a terrible crime that occurred within it, McDermott decides to live in the place and work on his writing until he can find a suitable buyer. To earn some extra cash he rents out rooms, one of them going to a particularly strange man (Tom Sizemore) with unknown connections to the previous owners. Sharon Stone is hilarious as McDermott’s tough-as-nails literary agent, though her part isn’t as big as the post-Basic Instinct promotion art would have you think. The resolution is far too weak to be surprising, but watch it if you have any interest in seeing McDermott walking around wearing nothing but a bath towel (and honestly, who doesn’t).