MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Up 3,180 this week

The Cool Surface (1993)

R  |   |  Thriller  |  5 March 1993 (USA)
4.3
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 4.3/10 from 1,077 users  
Reviews: 11 user | 5 critic

A writer returns to Hollywood after finishing his novel in the wilderness. Still smarting from his girlfriend's suicide and his publisher's criticisms of his novel, he becomes intrigued by ... See full summary »

Director:

Writer:

0Check in
0Share...

IMDb Picks: May

Visit our IMDb Picks section to see our recommendations of movies and TV shows coming out in May, sponsored by COVERGIRL.

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 281 titles
created 30 Apr 2012
 
a list of 7913 titles
created 20 Oct 2012
 
a list of 1233 titles
created 11 Aug 2013
 
a list of 2247 titles
created 04 Jan 2014
 
a list of 10000 titles
created 11 months ago
 

Related Items

Search for "The Cool Surface" on Amazon.com

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: The Cool Surface (1993)

The Cool Surface (1993) on IMDb 4.3/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of The Cool Surface.

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Fever (1999)
Drama | Mystery | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

A struggling artist (Parker) is implicated in a string of macabre murders.

Director: Alex Winter
Stars: Henry Thomas, David O'Hara, Teri Hatcher
Dead On (1994)
Crime | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.4/10 X  

In an erotic update of "Strangers on a Train", airline pilot Ted Beaumont and his lover, Erin Davenport, scheme to rid themselves of their respective spouses. Ted's wife disappears ... See full summary »

Director: Ralph Hemecker
Stars: Matt McCoy, Shari Shattuck, David Ackroyd
Action | Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  

Sam Crain, a professional model, is asked by her sister to smuggle a package from Europe to Portland Oregon, where she discovers that her sister is battling Chinese Shaolin Monks (not ... See full summary »

Director: Albert Pyun
Stars: Andrew Dice Clay, Teri Hatcher, Yuji Okumoto
Action | Adventure | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.5/10 X  

"The Lost Command," a bunch of notorious renegades, terrorize South Vietnam, forcing Sgt. Zack Skinner, HQ's best man to hunt down the Command to stop its killing spree.

Director: Cirio H. Santiago
Stars: David Anderson, Tony Beso, Brett Baxter Clark
Action | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.1/10 X  

Jeff is an FBI agent sent to pick up Ray Manta, a member of the White Hand drug cartel, from a Mexican jail. Manta escapes, and gets revenge by killing Jeff's family. Kowalski, another ... See full summary »

Director: Joseph Merhi
Stars: Robert Patrick, Titus Welliver, Mick Fleetwood
The Soft Kill (1994)
Mystery | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.8/10 X  

Private investigator and former police detective Jack Ramsey is enjoying an affair with the local district attorney's wife, but when she is strangled not long after he has departed following a session of amorous activity.

Director: Eli Cohen
Stars: Michael Harris, Brion James, Carrie-Anne Moss
Straight Talk (1992)
Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.5/10 X  

A woman ditches her small town life for big city Chicago, where she becomes a sensation as a radio show host.

Director: Barnet Kellman
Stars: Dolly Parton, James Woods, Griffin Dunne
Momentum (TV Movie 2003)
Action | Drama | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.7/10 X  

A man with telekinetic abilities meets a group of people with similair powers.

Director: James Seale
Stars: Louis Gossett Jr., Teri Hatcher, Grayson McCouch
Road to Ruin (1991)
Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5/10 X  

Jack Sloan is a very wealthy American business man working in Paris who falls in love with a beautiful model. After a seed of doubt is planted by an associate that she is probably after his... See full summary »

Director: Charlotte Brandstrom
Stars: Peter Weller, Carey Lowell, Michel Duchaussoy
Last Gasp (1995)
Horror | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.9/10 X  

A ruthless real estate developer becomes possessed by a Mexican Indian spirit after he kills him in an attack on one of his developments. The spirit then proceeds to take away everything ... See full summary »

Director: Scott McGinnis
Stars: Robert Patrick, Joanna Pacula, Vyto Ruginis
Thriller | Horror | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.3/10 X  

A crazed escaped mental patient holds 2 couples hostage and terrorizes them in a Malibu beach home during a stormy night.

Director: Lawrence L. Simeone
Stars: Joanna Pacula, Matt McCoy, George Lazenby
Action | Adventure | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 3.9/10 X  

In a bleak, postnuclear future world, warring factions struggle to claim the Equalizer 2000, the one weapon powerful enough to guarantee survival.

Director: Cirio H. Santiago
Stars: Richard Norton, Corinne Wahl, Robert Patrick
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
Jarvis Scott
Steve Tyler ...
Bob 'Beast' Stevenson (as Steven Tyler)
...
Dani Payson
...
Gary / Eric
...
Chazz Stone
Shannon Fopeano ...
Jeanne (as Shannon Dobson Fopeano)
...
Terrence
Howard Spiegel ...
Michael
...
Minion #1
Saul Janson ...
Minion #2
...
Partygoer
...
Peeping Tom
...
Policeman #1
Rolf Englehardt ...
Policeman #2
Brian Hayes Currie ...
Policeman #3 (as Brian Currie)
Edit

Storyline

A writer returns to Hollywood after finishing his novel in the wilderness. Still smarting from his girlfriend's suicide and his publisher's criticisms of his novel, he becomes intrigued by the neighbor couple's abusive relationship. Eventually he intervenes and becomes involved with the girl, basing a new book on their increasingly violent relationship sparked by his insane jealousy of her friends and her acting career. Written by Ed Sutton <esutton@mindspring.com>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

One touch is all it takes. See more »

Genres:

Thriller

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

5 March 1993 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Fuego en la piel  »

Filming Locations:


Company Credits

Production Co:

 »
Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Color:

See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Directorial debut of writer Erik Anjou. See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

The Cool Surface Is Pretty Cool
16 February 1999 | by (Seattle, WA) – See all my reviews

Fantasies pose as realities in this film of double personalities double crossing themselves. When aspiring "too soft" writer meets sexy actress next door, he rises with inspiration as she plays great reach-withdraw games to keep him creative. But when the writer's screenplay gets bought, intent, motivation, and fantasy all meld into one, big potboiler. The beasts of lust, greed, and ambition surface within the characters, souring to a conclusion.

Some pretty talented people cut their teeth on juicy, B-characters and seedy situations in this film. Namely, Teri Hatcher, Robert Patrick, and the writer-director, Erik Anjou. There is even a possible subtextual argument on the dangers of secondary experience supplanting primary experience. It also goes out of its way to damn Capitalism A La Hollywood. After all, the screen writer is merely making his material saleable. It's not his fault that he can only write about what he experiences.

All in all, this is quite a respectable entry into the late-night Cable Hell of the Sleaze-B, Thriller genre.


6 of 8 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
How about a DVD release? ronlaw67
Discuss The Cool Surface (1993) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?