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Animal Instincts (1992)

A cop videotapes his wife having various sexual encounters to spruce up their marriage. However, they soon land in hot water when a mobster learns of their marital activities.


Gregory Dark (as A. Gregory Hippolyte)

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Maxwell Caulfield ... David Cole
Jan-Michael Vincent ... Fletcher Ross
Shannon Whirry ... Joanna Cole
Delia Sheppard ... Ingrid
Mitchell Gaylord ... Rod Tennison (as Mitch Gaylord)
John Saxon ... Otto Van Horne
David Carradine ... William Lamberti
Josh Cruze ... Hernandez
Tom Reilly Tom Reilly ... Ken
Erika Nann Erika Nann ... Dianne
Kelly Royce Kelly Royce ... Jessica (as Juliet James)
Frank Swann ... Officer Tom
Lynette O'Connell Lynette O'Connell ... Redhead
Bobby Johnston Bobby Johnston ... Frank
Kismet Salem Kismet Salem ... Roseanne


A cop and his sexually frustrated wife are struggling to keep their failing marriage intact, when by chance they discover that he is a voyeuristic peeping tom. To satisfy him, his wife has numerous affairs, which her husband watches on closed-circuit television. However, the pair soon learn that when you play with fire, you'll always get burned. Written by Anonymous

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Release Date:

21 October 1992 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Instinto animal See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA

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Wilshire Film Ventures See more »
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An absolute masterpiece of erotica cinematography (and some actual observations)
25 March 2018 | by jmrecillas-83435See all my reviews

This is my first review on IMDB, which show you the particular way I see movies and think about it.

Some things have change in the way we look at movies, specially in the light of recent scandals on Hollywood concernig the way women, but not only they, has been treated by studios or high executives and producers. We have to acknowledge that erotic cinema contains and portrait that what feminists call Sexual objectification. Yes, erotic cinema is made by men for men, voyeurist men, and portraits women as an object, an object of male desire (that what Tennessee Williams call in his 1947 play A Streetcar Named Desire). So, we can't, or we shouldn't forget that women portrayed in this kind of films are that kind of object. This doesn't mean that you cannot enjoy a movie or doesn't watch properly if you forget this. I want to point out that in order to acknowledge our debt with women. It's also important underline that erotic cinema is a variety of male voyeurism, since there isn't erotic cinema for women.

Considering all this, it is possible to say that this movie represents one of the highest, if not THE HIGHEST example of this kind of cinema. What it makes an erotic movie a visual and endure experiencie? Is not the plot, usually very shallow and silly, underlying the submisive aspect of the female character, which always is involved in some of silly activity which leads her to a sexual activity, and the display of what men can call 'the beauty of the female body' for voyeuristic purposes: men should see and enjoy the way the female character is conducted into intercourse, wether she has been established as a weak personality that has to be rescued, or a strong and bad character that uses her sexuality to achieve her goals.

In this case, Shannon Whirry embodies the first kind of character, with all the cliches that voyeuristic erotic cinema requires for an adequate developement. This means that we are not befora a novelty on which means the plot of the story. What it makes this flick a memorable experience is all de cinematic photography, no matter how cliché this results. Shannon Whirry is captured in that voyeuristic spirit that is mesmerizing watch her doing what in real life she usually doesn't do it: enjoy hersefl as she was watching another woman (or man) as she put her underwears since the very beginning of the film.There is no way that a real woman behave herself as she on screen. But that is the magic of voyeurism for men: to look a woman enjoying so much herself as the voyeurist do it. In that sense, there is no other film, before or after this, that captures what 'spirit of watching' is supposed to be.

Shannon Whirry looks absolutely masterfully, beautifully captured on film as never other woman has been or will be. She looks astonishingly breathtaking, no matter how silly and cliché is the plot of this movie. Yes, she embodies the highest point ever achieven on Sexual objectification, but we have to admit that never a woman look so impressive in underwear as she looks on here, and the cinematic rhythm is just awesome, astonishing, mesmerizing. An absolute memorable cinematic experiencie for men, and probably for some women too.

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