Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB.5. USA, 1994. Miramax, CBS Productions. Screenplay by Barry Schneider, Richard Hawley, based on the novel by Bernard Taylor. Cinematography by Elliot Davis. Produced by Jack E. Freedman, Patricia Herskovic, Wayne S. Williams. Music by George S. Clinton. Production Design by David J. Bomba. Costume Design by Deena Appel, Simon Tuke. Film Editing by Michael D. Ornstein.
Ridiculous, gynophobic thriller about a family being terrorized by a jealous ex-wife and mother (Jamie Lee Curtis). Good dad Peter Gallagher is trying to get on with his life following his turbulent divorce, almost succeeding in a relationship with new flame Joanne Whalley. Unfortunately, Curtis wants her family back after having abandoned it years before, and her obvious mental instability gives her no reason to stop at anything to get what she wants. There are some suspenseful moments, but the main plot that this film hinges on is too ludicrous to be swallowed. It tries for stylish but it’s mostly just tacky.