Detective Catherine Palmer investigates a series of sexually gruesome serial murders and becomes embroiled in a world of lesbianism and bondage after she becomes obsessed with one of the victims' paramours.
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Homicide detective Catherine Palmer investigates a series of serial killings of women who have been tortured to death by S&M, all of whom have had their eyelids cut off. The investigation takes Catherine into a group wealthy upper class women, where she is drawn to the chief suspect, Vickie Kittrie, who has a penchant for S&M and women, as well as to Dr. Broussard, the victims' shady therapist with some dark secrets of his own. Written by
Damian Harris asked Ellen Barkin' to portray her character three different ways: 1) Palmer knew she was attracted to Vickie, 2) Palmer wasn't attracted to Vickie, and 3) Palmer wasn't sure if she was attracted to Vickie. Harris would then edit the takes together, giving the audience an unsure vibe of what Detective Palmer thought of Vickie. See more »
Bernadine's shirt and skirt disappear from the dressing room floor during her sex scene with Vickie. See more »
What an intriguing film, toted as a twisted "basic Instinct" I found that it shared the same slickness and visual style and the plot has similarities: There's a Cop, investigating a series of sex murders who becomes involved with a female suspect. The twist I suppose is that the Cop in Mercy is Female.
The Psychoanalytical discussions regarding the impact of Child abuse on sexuality and the intersesting, if moral position, the movie takes, will provoke discussion and argument if viewed in a group.
Peta Wilson is excellent as the seducer of Ellen Barkin and possible murder suspect. Ellen is her usual, if a little reserved, self and Julian Sands is unfortunately pedestrian, until he puts on a dress.
The B & D and S & M sequences are not too disturbing but are explicit enough to leave you with a sense of your own Voyeurism. The blood and gore isnt over done but be prepared for a lot of nudity.
I didnt pick the killer till the last murder and I had a lot of fun trying to quess who it was. This is an erotic thriller that isnt porn, with great performances from its two leading ladies and most of the support cast.
My Opinion?:Well worth a viewing and I would do so twice.
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