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The erotic thrillers that followed Basic Instinct’s success

Simon Brew Feb 3, 2017

When Basic Instinct hit big, Hollywood went hunting for more erotic thrillers. Er, it found some. Includes Kevin Spacey with odd hair.

When a movie hits big out of the blue, it’s unwritten Hollywood law that the imitators aren’t too far behind. That’s why, after American Pie brought Porky’s-esque sex-tinged (late) teen comedies back to prominence in 1999, the box office was flooded with similar fare for years after. The Blair Witch Project, meanwhile, hit out of nowhere, and found footage horror is only now dying away. The late Wes Craven, meanwhile, wryly noted just how quickly Hollywood had cashed in on the success of 1996’s Scream, when spoof Scary Movie popped out the year after.

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Going back to 1992, though, and it was the turn of the erotic thriller to enjoy its resurgence.
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Awfully Good Movies: Color of Night (Video)

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Color of Night (1994) Director: Richard Rush Stars: Bruce Willis, Jane March, Ruben Blades This weekend, Emily Blunt is getting caught up in a scary and sexy mystery as The Girl On The Train, so Awfully Good Movies is pulling out its magnifying glass--and pulling down its pants--to solve the mystery of the 1994 Razzie-winning erotic thriller Color Of Night, starring Bruce Willis! Yes, Bruce... Read More...
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Chris Alexander’s Shock Treatment: 1994’s Color Of Night is an American Giallo

In this ongoing Shock column, editor Chris Alexander muses on classic and contemporary films and music worthy of a deeper discussion. It’s easy for contemporary, unschooled audiences to poke fun of the European thrillers of a certain vintage. The beautiful, broadly painted and unapologetically melodramatic Hitchcock and French New Wave informed murder mysteries made by…

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The top 25 underappreciated films of 1996

Odd List Ryan Lambie Simon Brew 31 Oct 2013 - 07:01

We train our sights on the year 1996, and the 25 underappreciated films it has to offer...

Independence Day managed to revive both the alien invasion movie and the disaster flick in 1996, and just about every other mainstream picture released that year lived in its saucer-shaped shadow.

Yet beyond the aerial battles of Independence Day, the flying cows in Twister, and the high-wire antics of Tom Cruise in Brian De Palma's Mission: Impossible, there sat an entire library of lesser-known and underappreciated movies.

As part of our attempts to highlight the unsung greats of the 90s, here's our selection of 25 such films from 1996 - the year chess champion Garry Kasparov lost to the might of the computer Deep Blue, and the year comedy star Jim Carrey starred in an unexpectedly dark tale of obsession...

25. The Cable Guy

We can't sit here and
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10 Failed Attempts To Sell A Movie With Sex

Sex sells; there is absolutely no getting away from the fact that in every walk of life, a nice pair of breasts or a guy’s pert arse is going to sell whatever product they’re attached to, and more than anywhere else – other than porn, perhaps – that is true of movies.

Who isn’t going to enjoy a steamy sex scene in the middle of a movie? Sure, it might be gratuitous and completely pointless to the plot and/or the characters, but hey, it provides a nice break in the other action and gives us a bit of a thrill at the same time.

However, some movies have sold themselves on sex and come up short, as must be embarrassing for the owners of the bodies involved. After all, how much must it suck if you confidently flaunt your body on screen, and the box office tallies tell you,
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The 9 Worst Nude Scenes in Movies

Warning: Somewhat Nsfw.

If there's one thing you can count on from "The Hangover Part III," it's that at some point in the film, Zach Galifianakis (and probably Ken Jeong, too) is gonna let it all hang out.

Now, while we respect such a display of uninhibited revelry, it doesn't mean that anybody — and we mean anybody — necessarily wanted to see such a thing. Let's face it (or, rather, let's not) — there are just some people who need to keep their junk in the trunk.

Speaking of which, here are nine nude scenes that made us wanna cover our eyes.

9. Philip Seymour Hoffman, 'Before the Devil Knows You're Dead' (2007)

The opening shot of director Sidney Lumet's last film shows Philip Seymour Hoffman energetically humping Marisa Tomei. Say what you will about the big guy, but he seems a more than capable lover ... not that we needed any visual proof of that.
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20 Most Ridiculous Movie Twists Of All Time

There you are, sitting comfortably watching a film, safe in the knowledge that you know what’s going on and then someone pulls the rug out from under you and suddenly you’re as confused as a member of the N.R.A. Your viewing pleasure much dependent on whether you’ve just witnessed a good twist, a bad twist or a so incredibly ugly-it-must-be-inbred twist.

Since long before Mr & Mrs Shyamalan got drunk and decided to ‘risk it’ twists have been used as story telling devices. They can either make us see everything in the movie through eyes anew with a deft sleight of hand or, with a heavier touch, have you unintentionally laughing out loud, rolling your eyes in utter disbelief or crying tears of anger into your popcorn.

This is a celebration of the 20 most ridiculous twists of all time. Those that left you shocked or appalled,
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Why Did ‘Basic Instinct’ Cause All the 90s Scandal When ‘Color of Night’ Was So Much Trashier?

When you think about 90s pop culture, you have to think about Paul Verhoeven’s 1992 erotic thriller, Basic Instinct. That movie dropped like a bomb, dominating the entertainment news cycle for months and inspiring years worth of parodies. Its success didn’t come because Michael Douglas’ cop character investigating a murder made for all that interesting a story, or because Verhoeven orchestrated the thing all that well either. It came almost solely because people were so shocked by the content. There were threesomes, ice pick murders, and, of course, there was that interrogation scene where you could catch the briefest glimpse of Sharon Stone’s vagina if you turned your head sideways and squinted. The 90s were more innocent times—before the near daily release of celebrity sex tapes—so this was intense stuff, and Basic Instinct made a mint off the scandal. Two years later, a sporadically working director named Richard Rush tried to cash in
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Trailer: Asylum's Jack the Giant Slayer Rip-Off Looks Terrible

The Asylum is the studio behind such cheap rip-offs as "Transmorphers" and "Snakes on a Train." It's now back with "Jack the Giant Killer," which is a rip-off of Bryan Singer's upcoming "Jack the Giant Slayer." And today we have a trailer for the new movie, showing that it also borrows from Guillermo Del Toro's "Pacific Rim." Check it out below. Plot: A giant beanstalk brings Jack to a land in the clouds filled with snarling, evil beasts. When the creatures make their way to Earth, Jack must figure out how to get back down before they destroy his hometown and everyone in it. "Jack the Giant Killer" is directed by Mark Atkins (Sand Sharks), and stars Jane March (Color of Night) and Ben Cross (Chariots of Fire). It's set to be released on VOD and DVD/Blu-ray on March 12th, just eleven days after Singer's "Jack the Giant Slayer" hits theaters.
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Would You Trade Some Magic Beans for Artwork and a Trailer for The Asylum’s Jack the Giant Killer?

The Asylum’s Jack the Giant Killer likely won’t prompt legal action from Bryan Singer’s similarly titled blockbuster since it appears to be set in the early 20th century, the giants are dinosaur-like monsters, and I’m unaware of any version of “Jack & the Beanstalk” that includes a giant robot.

Jane March (Color of Night), Ben Cross (Chariots of Fire), and newcomer Jamie Atkins star in writer-director Mark Atkins’ (Sand Sharks) Jack the Giant Killer, coming to VOD/DVD/Blu-ray on March 12th. That’s 11 days after Jack the Giant Slayer beanstalks theaters worldwide.

So how is The Asylum version of this classic fairy tale different?

A giant beanstalk brings Jack to a land in the clouds filled with snarling, evil beasts. When the creatures make their way to Earth, Jack must figure out how to get back down before they destroy his hometown and everyone in it.
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Fifty Shades of Sexy: Top 10 Kinky R-Rated Movies

Though there has been a lot of talk lately about the upcoming Fifty Shades of Grey adaptation, the movie still has no director and no cast — our interactive reader polls have Ian Somerhalder, Emmy Rossum and Michelle Pfeiffer playing the lead roles — so it's going to be some time before we're going to be able to see the Bdsm-charged romance between Christian Grey & Ana Steele play out on the big screen. But, there are still plenty of sexy, steamy movies on home video that somehow managed to sneak by with an R-rating to tide you over until Fifty Shades of Grey debuts. Put down your copy of Fifty Shades Freed for a minute and help us select the Top 10 Kinky R-Rated Movies.

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Episode 100: The Films You Can’T Unsee

We have finally done it and have recorded Episode 100! Yes, it took 6 years for this milestone to be reached but we did it. Joining us in this episode is Josh Hurtado (@zombeaner) from Twitch and El Goro from the Talk Without Rhythm podcast as we talk about films that can’t be unsee (ie. Extreme Horror).

*Josh’s audio doesn’t sound all too great before the break but it is considerably better for the roundtable discussion.

Show Notes:

Intro

What We’ve Been Watching (1:30)

Josh: Safe, The Living Dead Girl, The Secret of Nimh, Mad Monster Party, Hop

El Goro: Gremlins, The Possession, Breaking Bad, Color of Night

Michael: Face Off (TV), Aftermath, Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer, Anatomy of Hell Andy: Compliance, Detention, Movie that cannot be mentioned

Picks of the Week for September 11, 2012 (19:13)

El Goro’s Pick:

Price: -

Josh’s Pick(s
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DVD Review - Catch .44 (2011)

Catch .44, 2011.

Written and Directed by Aaron Harvey.

Starring Forest Whitaker, Bruce Willis, Malin Akerman, Nikki Reed, Deborah Ann Woll, Reila Aphrodite and Brad Dourif.

Synopsis:

Three sassy sisters-in-crime are sent to intercept a lucrative drug deal at an isolated diner, but what should have been a simple job quickly goes bad, leading to a deadly game of cat-and-mouse.

Catch .44 sees a group of three feisty friends (Akerman, Reed and Woll), working at the behest of drug-pusher Mel (Willis), see a previous job go array, and are forced to make amends with a similar, albeit easier job in a small town American diner to intercept a seemingly twisted and double-crossed shipment. Along the way, they cross swords with the mysterious Ronny (Whitaker) before, surprise surprise, no-one is who they seem, and soon they are all embroiled in a game of "catch the traitor" and the only way out is to be last man standing.
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Looking back at Terry Gilliam's Twelve Monkeys

Terry Gilliam followed up 1991‘s The Fisher King with the even more successful sci-fi, Twelve Monkeys. Andrew takes a look back at a 90s classic...

After 1991’s The Fisher King proved to be a relatively easy production and comfortably made its budget back, Terry Gilliam decided to work from somebody else's script again for his next movie, having abandoned an adaptation of A Tale Of Two Cities. The initial inspiration for Twelve Monkeys came from 1962's La Jetée, which resulted in a pitch to Universal Studios by Robert Kosberg (a producer on Commando and Deep Blue Sea) after gaining permission from the La Jetée's director Chris Marker.

Gilliam came on board at the request of producer Charles Roven, agreeing to do the film because of the script and the fact that he saw the film as being conceptually similar to Brazil. For Twelve Monkeys, though, Universal was willing to
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Discuss: Does America Want To See Their Kinks At The Multiplex With 'Fifty Shades Of Grey'?

There is no doubt that films aimed squarely at women is an underserved market. Every year there is a title or two that does solid business (think "Julie & Julia," "Eat Pray Love," "The Help") that makes Hollywood act surprised that if you give that demographic quality product, they'll turn out to see it. And so, it's not really much of shock that one of the hottest books of the year for women started a studio bidding war.

In case you've missed the headlines in recent weeks, "Fifty Shades Of Grey" has been tearing up the best selling charts. Penned by E.L. James, the book is a "Twilight" inspired erotic novel (we're not kidding) -- the first in a trilogy -- about a Bdsm relationship between a wealthy Seattle businessman and a virginal young college student. Initially published as a print-on-demand and e-book title from the small Australian publisher The Writers' Coffee Shop,
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Warrior Director Gavin O’Connor To Helm Sony’s Peter Pan Prequel Neverland

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Before you say, “Wait, this sounds familiar…” your memory serves you right. Syfy aired Nick Willing’s (Alice, Tin Man) version of a Peter Pan origin story, also titled Neverland, just last December. Sony’s project began from a seedling idea from actor Channing Tatum (G.I. Joe: Retaliation, Dear John), and producers Reid Carolin and Eric Bromberg.

Variety reports that Warrior director Gavin O’Connor is in talks with Sony to direct this project to expand upon J.M. Barrie’s story of Peter Pan and Captain Hook. Joe Roth (Alice in Wonderland, Snow White and the Huntsman) and Palak Patel will be producing the project through Roth Films while Tatum and Carolin will produce through Iron Horse. O’Connor will be involved with the drafting of the script that Billy Ray (The Hunger Games, Color of Night) is working on.

So, I know what you’re thinking. How will this
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First trailer for ‘Grimm’s Snow White’

Ok Hollywood we get it, fairytales are the hot new thing. We know. What with Once Upon a Time and Grimm on TV, Bryan Singer’s Jack the Giant Killer and Two version of Snow White on the way. Actually scratch that. There’s actually Three version of Snow White on the way… The latest? Why that’s Grimm’s Snow White starring Eliza Bennett as Snow White and Jane March (The Lover, Color of Night) as the evil Queen. Only this Snow White is another Asylum mockbuster!

When the King is killed by ferocious reptile beasts, his Queen takes control of the kingdom. She tries to kill her beautiful stepdaughter, Snow, but she escapes into the enchanted forest…

Rachel Goldenberg, director of the 2010 mockbuster Sherlock Holmes, (you know, the one with Spring-Heeled Jack) is behind the camera, whilst Naomi Selfman, the writer of Mega Python vs. Gatoroid and Mega Shark vs.
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First Look at Jane March and Fire-Breathing Reptiles Terrorizing Grimm's Snow White

Fairy tales are hot again in Hollywood. You’ve got “Once Upon a Time” and “Grimm” on TV. Bryan’s Singer’s Jack the Giant Killer and Pixar’s Brave continue the trend on big screens this summer. And we’re getting not one, but two – Two – Snow White movies. No wonder The Asylum is jumping on the trend with Grimm’s Snow White.

Set for DVD/VOD release on February 14th, Grimm’s Snow White stars Eliza Bennett as Snow White and Jane March (The Lover, Color of Night) as the evil Queen.

Synopsis:

When the King is killed by ferocious reptile beasts, his Queen takes control of the kingdom. She tries to kill her beautiful stepdaughter, Snow, but she escapes into the enchanted forest...

Rachel Goldenberg, director of the 2010 Asylum version of Sherlock Holmes, returns to helm this variation on a classic character scripted by Naomi Selfman, the
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The Asylum Presents Snow White and the 2-Headed Shark Attack

Oh, if only The Asylum actually was producing a movie called Snow White and the 2-Headed Shark. I would watch that in a heartbeat. But they do have a new dark fantasy retelling of Snow White in the works, and we have new artwork for 2-Headed Shark Attack.

When I saw that The Asylum had updated its website to announce a supernatural Snow White in the works, my very first thought was as to what must have brought this on. Then I remembered that one of the big movies for next summer is Snow White and the Huntsman with Kristen Stewart as an extra pouty Snow White. The Asylum will be beating Universal to the punch by several months with a Valentine's Day DVD release of Grimm's Snow White.

When the King is killed by ferocious reptile beasts, his Queen takes control of the kingdom. She tries to kill her beautiful stepdaughter,
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Billy Ray, Jj Abrams planning mystery project

When I think of the combination of J.J. Abrams and writer Billy Ray(Color of Night, Shattered Glass), the first idea that comes to my head is "new age espionage flick". Abrams' career really took off a few years ago with the help of a sexy Jennifer Garner in the spy series, Alias. Billy Ray was the writer of the excellent FBI flick, Breach, and the political thriller, State of Play. Maybe I'm
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