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Cold Heart Canyon is an erotic thriller that's not very erotic or thrilling. Renting this one from Blockbuster I had expectations of a late night offering from Cinemax with steamy scenes. The sensual mood music from known composer Herman Beeftink could not save this one. His early music can be found on many late night Cinemax offerings that have simulated sex. I know this because I am a fan of well done erotic movies.
The story itself was basic with a wife leaving her marriage after discovering her husbands infidelity. She moves to Laurel Canyon where she gets swept up in sexual situations.
My problems with Cold Heart Canyon is the abuse recycled clips to stretch out the movie for no reason. There was not enough nudity in this one to be the erotic thriller is was most certainly was trying to be. It's hard to understand why Director and Writer Janine Gosselin would skimp on showing more skin. This story could not stand by itself as a thriller. The plot is too bland with no spice.
I agree with reviewer Chas77 from Los Angeles who commented.....
This isn't good enough for the worst Cinemax late night entry. There is a little nudity -- none by the South African hottie and, hilariously, none by lead Caldwell, which makes you wonder -- why bother making a pseudo-porn without the porn?
Viewers can see this was made on video. To me the look of the movie was fine. cinematographer Blain Brown gave a worthy effort. Where the movie suffered was in direction and editing. Wonder if editor J.C. Beeftink is related to Herman Beeftink??? He had not other IMDb credits for editor. Guess we can cut him a break on this one.
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