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The Cover Girl Murders (1993)

PG-13 | | Thriller | TV Movie 28 October 1993
With his magazine, "Image", in financial trouble, Rex needs one spectacular issue to pull it out so he flies his editor, Kate, and a group of his top models to an isolated island paradise ... See full summary »

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Rex Kingman
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Kate
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Patrice (Photographer)
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Michaela
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Rachel
Arthur Taxier ...
Martin Hoss
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Hetty Barnett
Fawna MacLaren ...
May
Mowava Pryor ...
Dora (Makeup Artist)
Honorato Magaloni ...
Raul Rojas
Richard Christie ...
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José Escandón ...
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With his magazine, "Image", in financial trouble, Rex needs one spectacular issue to pull it out so he flies his editor, Kate, and a group of his top models to an isolated island paradise for a photo shoot. From the beginning, the trip is marred by Rex's designs on Kate's younger sister, Rachel, and his ruthless manipulation of the models and crew. Finally, he pushes one of the women into a stunt that costs her her life, beginning a pattern of death and murder reminiscent of "Ten Little Indians". Written by Marg Baskin <marg@asd.raytheon.ca>

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They'd kill to be on the cover ... but they never expected to die for it.

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28 October 1993 (USA)  »

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$2,540,000 (estimated)
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Majorly flawed, highly predictable... strangely appealing.

The title says it all - several gorgeous models running around on the beach, à la Baywatch, each getting killed in a seemingly accidental way.

If you're a gore hound, forget it: there's little action and absolutely no blood or bodies. If you're a true horror fan, you'll have figured out the plot after five minutes. The rest of the film is then spent laughing at the amusing and almost camp way which people die.

But despite all of this, it managed to keep me watching for ninety minutes. The plot, while not exactly Hitchcockian, is enough to keep amateurs guessing to the end - and the characters are easily sympathised with - the development of the main four is not all bad. Perhaps if good old Ehren had watched this movie beforehand, we might have all enjoyed a much better "Scream 3".

Nevertheless, the plot's twists and turns are actually its downfall. So many things are left unexplained at the end of the film that you wonder why you bothered at all.

But what can you expect from a TV movie? They're all the same. Tepid films with no real depth or suspense - quite how the Netherlands saw the need to cut three minutes from the film, I'll never know.

If you're a real slasher fan like me (the kind who likes sequels and will watch any trashy slasher) then watch it, but don't expect too much.

If you're an occasional horror fan, then rent "April Fool's Day" instead. There are many similarities, and it's much better done. Plus, there's added blood ;-)

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