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Drop Dead Gorgeous (1991)

A hot new model takes the fashion world by storm, but things start to turn ugly when people around her begin turning up dead.

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Allie Holton
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Dylan Wiatt
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Shelby Voit
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Evelyn Ash
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Bruce Kneppler
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Candy Stebbins
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Colin
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Candid photography talent Dylan Wiatt discovers Utah born Alicia 'Allie' Holton. After loosing her New York teaching position, she agrees to become the rising star in Evelyn Ash's modeling agency. Allie's apartment is ransacked, in the building where model Candy Stebbins was slashed two years earlier. Choreographer Geoffrey Haynes and photographer Shelby Voit, who made a rock video with her, meet a bloody end. The police and Dylan lack a puzzle piece, the killer still isn't done. Written by KGF Vissers

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Some stakes are too high.

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7 August 1991 (USA)  »

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Victim of Beauty  »

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Ain't That Too Much
Written by Jerry Fuller and Baker Knight
Performed by Gene Vincent
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aka Victim of Beauty
9 November 2001 | by See all my reviews

This thriller was made for Canadian TV and only redeemed from the B stockpile by the acting of Peter Outerbridge as a wannabe fashion photographer, and the appearance of Sally Kellerman as the agent for "the beauty" Jennifer Rubin. Rubin is perhaps the most lead-footed model I've ever seen, so it's not unexpected when everyone around her begins to be killed, though suicide isn't considered as a motive. While she is attractive, Rubin's acting is so flat and she is so physically stiff that you pray that she will be the next to get it. It's a little like the way Kathleen Turner thought so she was such hot stuff in Body Heat. Here Rubin turns heads in the street even before she starts modeling (in a convenient plot turn), in spite of her dressing the way Outerbridge describes as if for "Siberian Vogue". Outerbridge is a James Spada look-alike without having Spada's mannerist style and whilst his acting is technically superior to Kellerman's, she outclasses him in star power. Given the best nasty lines, she dresses in male drag to prove the claim that she "swings both ways". Director Paul Lynch's work is barely inspired. He slurps over the horror music and gives us close-ups of ringing telephones, though there is an unintentional laugh in the cat scare shot when it appears that the poor kitty has been thrown into frame to approximate it jumping. At least we are spared the cat from being a victim, or Kellerman's highrise balcony being used for someone to be pushed from. The low point is the music video that Rubin participates in, where she is so inept that even her walking requires a choreographer. It's indicative of Lynch's sensibility that when TV news features footage from the "yet unreleased' clip, what we see is the replica of the take we saw being filmed, but magically edited from different shots. If this genius music video director can produce such material (we also know he's a genius because he's the kind who sits on a moving camera and speaks in a British accent) perhaps the Canadian TV producers should have hired him instead of Lynch to make their film. The revelation of the killer jumps over countless red herrings, and is preposterous, but ironically allows Rubin to finally come to life.


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