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"Dead On" (1994) is an erotic thriller and listed by John Grant as a
neo-noir, which it is. This is comparable to a b-feature or a TV-movie
in production values. It's serviceable entertainment, done quite
smoothly with actors who may not be household names but who actually
have done a lot of work. The result may not be terrific but neither is
it an embarrassment. This was director Ralph Hemecker's first feature
film, and he went on to do much TV work.
This movie features Matt McCoy as an airline pilot who works for his domineering rich wife who owns the airline. He's playing around and meets Shari Shattuck who talks about "Strangers on a Train" and introduces him to the idea of each disposing of the other's mate. Being in the erotic sub-genre, they have several sexual episodes, not really central to the plot and done in the director's concept of an artistic vein, in which Shattuck displays her wares and everyone seems to be in ecstasy. One scene is so outrageous that it's funny, and that's when McCoy and Shattuck grapple each other in the bathroom while the plane is in flight and her husband is on the plane.
This kind of murderous partnership has its pitfalls and twists. Plus any kind of murder inherently has problems in not being traced back to the murderer. These are what make this story interesting.
One is not exactly drawn into a picture like this in the usual emotional sense. The characters are not sympathetic, and we more or less look at them and their goings-on as curiosities. The movie doesn't really deliver thrills or suspense or even tension. It just sort of moves along with the erotic interludes interrupting whatever momentum it has been trying to build up. These interludes subside, however, as the story matures and then it moves along more like a regular movie.
It is our fascination with the startling escapades of these middle-class people with good jobs and money that holds our attention to the screen. From appearances, they've got it made. He's a pilot with a rich wife and she's an artist with a very successful businessman husband. But they're unhappy with their marriages and unsatisfied. Shattuck's husband is rough and bruises her. Prenuptial agreements and the lure of controlling wealth once their mates are gone lure them on. They are cold-blooded enough to conceive of their crimes and schemes and hot-blooded enough to look for the sexual satisfaction their marriages are failing to deliver. Thus in the 1990s we view the distant offspring of the classic 1940s noirs like "Double Indemnity". This is basically a crude and blunt knock-off with none of the subtlety of the originals, none of the rich shadings of characters, none of the sharp dialog, none of the photographic brilliance, and therefore unable to deliver the many pleasures of the earlier well-told stories. Instead we have to reckon with the story-power of culture declining into trash, and trash does have some power, due to its very primitiveness.
Dead ON is an erotic thriller, apparently. Its not really a thriller in the sense of the word, but it is quiet a decent movie. Matt McCoy plays hsi character very well and the acting is of a high standard despite the limited script they have been "blessed" with. It has a good plot and some really sleazy sex scenes, just what we are all looking for in a movie really. all up 6/10, worth a look if you like Matt McCoy, worth a look if you like soft core porno.
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i love erotic thrillers & i also like soft core films i have seen
plenty i even have a few in my disc collection but when i saw this one
i got mad this is a pointless garbage of a film.
the whole film is like a long running TV show episode that never ends all dialog & no sex there is only one scene worth checking out in the start when Shari Shattuck gets kissed by a guy near a mirror that's it the rest of the film sucks,Shari looks hot here she reminds me a lot of Sharon Stone.
anyone who expecting some nude scenes will be disappointed this 1994 release Dead On has nothing to see it was a low budget flop film nothing of a masterpiece i have seen better C grade films then this even sexy Shari Shattuck couldn't save it it is so bad,whats more embarrassing is this was released by MGM studio just what the hell were these people thinking why did they even bother to release this nonsense.
this is now a rare film the VHS or DVD is not available but the film can be seen on YouTube.
Dead On 1994 is a waste of time and money don't see it even for free my rating is 2/10.
***SPOILERS*** Stylish yet very overdone movie about two people meeting
by chance, or was it, in a bar and finding out that they'ed like to
have their spouses killed.
Obvious remake of the 1951 Alfred Hitchock classic "Strangers on a Train" in fact it's mentioned by one of the persons Erin Davenport, Shari Shattuck,who came up with the very unoriginal plan. Erin wants to have her brutal and abusive husband Dexter, David Ackroyd,murdered by her new found lover Ted Beaumont, Matt McCoy, an airline pilot. Ted also wan't to have his boss and pain in the neck wife Marla, Tracy Scoggins,put out of his and her life as well.
Erin wan't Ted to do in Dexter and in return she'll murder Marla with the police not being able to connect each other, Erin & Ted, to the murders like in the film "Strangers on a Train"! As if the police and nobody else didn't see the movie and doesn't know that such a murder plan is possible.
There's far more to the movie "Dead On" but thats saved for the last ten minutes or so of the film. It makes the movie even more ridicules then it already was up to then. The master plan seems to go on schedule as Marla disappears and there's drops of her blood found in her suite of apartments. The police suspect Ted as the killer but he has an air-tight alibi for where he was when Marla disappeared but Erin's husband is still alive and kicking. Ted who was against this whole plan now feels trapped by having gone along with his wife, Marla, being killed by Erin but is up in the air about killing Erin's husband Dexter.
Ted sets up his elaborate plan to murder Dexter and make his getaway to perfection. What Ted doesn't realize is that Erin has made a major plot change in her "Strangers on a Train" murder scenario and in it's not only her husband Dexter but her lover Ted that will end up being the odd men out, both dead and alive.
The ending wasn't that much of a surprise since it was easy to see it coming if you realized who was really behind this convoluted and contrived murder plot. When it surfaced it only proved that in the movies everything can happen even the totally unbelievable.
The film "Dead On" has an epilogue as if it were a true story with the audience being told what happened to those who were involved and arrested in the movies outlandish crime, in reality the film was total fiction.
The best thing about this movie is the two nude scenes... Matt McCoy leans back in ecstasy as he climaxes with Shari Shattuck in the second one done almost entirely in silhouette; the first is a bit more wild due mostly to Shattuck's insatiable appetite. The rest of the film has terrible acting, a very weak script with very little to hold the viewer's attention and some tasteless costumes on Shattuck. If you feel like seeing this film, I suppose its worth a look but only one at that. It has a very little following to be sure which probably explains it not being available on DVD as yet. Please bear in mind that this film has nothing to recommend.
This was a pretty lousy excuse for an "erotic thriller". It wasn't erotic, or very thrilling, or very exciting. The flashy camerawork doesn't add to the story, just covers up the weak plot. The greasy lawyer reminded me of Stuart Pankin, who's selling orthopedic foot supports on late night tv now. How about this cast? Probably not doing much better. Avoid at all costs.
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