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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Det. Cathy Palmer
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Bernadine Mello
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Vickie Kittrie
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Mary
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Dr. Dominick Broussard
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Gil Reynolds
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John Beck
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Cushing
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Murial Farr
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Dorothy Samenov
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Sandra Moser
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Leeland
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Terry Ross
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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 <pataygs@voicenet.com>

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Venture into a world of deadly sexual pleasures.

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Rated R for language, drug use, and perverse sexual behavior including violence and nudity | See all certifications »

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11 February 2000 (USA)  »

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Charlize Theron, Julie Bowen, Julie Benz, Christina Ricci, and Thora Birch were considered for the role of Vickie Kittrie. See more »

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Bernadine's shirt and skirt disappear from the dressing room floor during her sex scene with Vickie. See more »

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Mechanic: So, you're a cop?
Det. Catherine Palmer: Yeah. You like that?
Mechanic: Yeah. What do you work, vice?
Det. Catherine Palmer: Homicide.
Mechanic: That's a little weird, isn't it? I mean, you being a woman and all?
Det. Catherine Palmer: [pause] What do you do?
Mechanic: Mechanic. I fix things.
Det. Catherine Palmer: Say you got an old lady, she comes into the shop. She's driving a '72 Chevy, she's hearing a little ticking noise. Turns out she's got a busted transmission, gonna cost her 2,000 bucks. Only thing is, she doesn't have any money. What are you gonna do?
Mechanic: I'd say 'I don't fucking care.'
Det. Catherine Palmer: You're looking at ...
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Written and Performed by Michael Le Blanc (as Michael LeBlanc)
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Wow!!!

I rather enjoyed this movie. I thought the acting was very good. It kept me alert, and thinking throughout. THIS IS NOT A FILM ABOUT lesbianism at all. What I do think, it has a lot more to do with "bondage" "s/m". If your looking for kinky lesbian sex, your not going to experience it here. However, if your looking for a movie that dabbles, in the minds of certain main stream adults who have hang-ups with sex and pain, then this may be entertaining for you. Ellen Barkin, was perfect for this role, her facial expression told her story before her mouth moved. yet you weren't quite sure if she was wondering out loud on the fact that she may like this alternative life style. Peta Wilson, also did a tremendous job in role playing in this film. Im serious wondering, why I havent seen her in more films. She was utterly convincing, and beautifully attired in this movie.

All in all a good movie, that I will view again in the near future.


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