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I'm Dangerous Tonight (1990)

When Amy turns an ancient Aztec priest's cloak into a dress, she discovers it's cursed and whoever wears it comes under its evil influence.

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Tobe Hooper

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Cornell Woolrich (short story), Bruce Lansbury (teleplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Mädchen Amick ... Amy (as Madchen Amick)
Corey Parker ... Eddie
Daisy Hall Daisy Hall ... Gloria
R. Lee Ermey ... Lt. Ackman
Natalie Schafer ... Grandmother
Jason Brooks ... Mason
William Berger ... Jonas Wilson
Mary Frann Mary Frann ... Martha
Dee Wallace ... Wanda Thatcher (as Dee Wallace-Stone)
Anthony Perkins ... Prof. Buchanan
Lew Horn Lew Horn ... Coroner
Stuart Fratkin ... Victor
Dan Leegant Dan Leegant ... Frank
Jack McGee ... Landlord
Ed Trotta ... Joey (as Edward Trotta)
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An ancient Aztec cloth with a curse accidentally finds its way into the possession of a young woman. She decides to make a dress from the cloth. Whoever wears this cloth/dress comes under its spell; all inhibitions and moral responsibilities are lost. Written by Rob Hartill

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Language:

English

Release Date:

8 August 1990 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Hands off my red Aztec garment!
3 May 2008 | by lost-in-limboSee all my reviews

Amy, a college psych student comes across a red garment in a chest she just bought to use in a play. She keeps it and makes it into a party dress. However the first time she puts it on, it influences her and changes the way she acts. By bringing out her darker side. Soon everyone seems to want a piece of this garment. From her college professor she finds out it's an Aztec cloak that was used in sacrificial ceremonies.

I'll go to say that I never even heard of this Tobe Hooper supernatural thriller opus. Striking and strange, but the one-idea premise and languidly cut n' dry script doesn't really build upon its interesting background and teetering imagination enough. Maybe this is due to its restrictions of being a cheaply produced made-for-TV production, but I seem to doubt it as it could be associated to material being adapted from a short story. On the other hand it's probably best to not really delve deep into it though, because of uneven logic and it borderlines on tacky. The plot does have a 'Cinderella' touch to it, and seems to have that everything, but the kitchen sink drama quality to it. All the characters that come and go are stereotypically painted, but the performers were better than the material. The gorgeously fixating Madchen Amick confidently grows from her sweet performance as Amy. Anthony Perkins keeps it professional and likes to just pop up randomly as the suspicious college professor. Dee Wallace Stone is great in her minor role that reeks of attitude. R. Lee Ermey in a small role engages with his sombre detective. Corey Parker makes for a likable love-interest for Amick. Also appearing are Natalie Schaffer, William Berger and Jack McGee.

You can really see Hooper's able illustrative style shining through this work. He subtly mixes the eerie violence together with sexual seductiveness. Sure it can become silly and lousy with its jolts, but still it stays dangerously ominous and tautly handled with its imagery. It might not have the biting flair of some his previous early work ('The Texas Chainsaw Massacre', 'Eaten Alive' and 'The Funhouse') though. He milks it out slowly, letting the atmosphere unfold and the possessive force evolve. For a TV production the film is smoothly shot, very well lit and effectively scored.

A modest TV feature, which has some obvious and stodgy patterns.


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