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-EROTIC THRILLER (2001) Murder, a drug deal gone bad, a treacherous love triangle, and a secret occult society. These are clues that Jack Collins - deputy sheriff, must piece together in ... See full summary »

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... Mac Vitelli
David Baerwalde ... Theo X
Matthew Brady ... Ray
... Sheriff Robert E. Lee
... John
Chad Etchison ... Mike Best
Mary Johnston Etchison ... Susan Anderson
... Harlan
Jessie James Dupree ... Jessie James Dupree
... Dr. Shelby
James Lee ... Store Clerk
James McCracken ... Jerry
Mack Murrah ... Jack Collins
Shannon Young ... Sara Endor
Lee Zatkovic ... Dr. Brannon
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-EROTIC THRILLER (2001) Murder, a drug deal gone bad, a treacherous love triangle, and a secret occult society. These are clues that Jack Collins - deputy sheriff, must piece together in order to solve the puzzle of his best friend's murder. Written by Anonymous

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Mac Vitelli: Tell me Jack, how does it feel to be back?
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Well Presented Opening Sequences, But The Film Steadily Fades Into Shapelessness.
2 April 2006 | by See all my reviews

This low-budget work, an ambitious mixture of mood and plotting by musician Chad Etchison, is set and shot in southern Georgia, relating of a rural community deputy sheriff, Jack Collins, who after being reinstated to his law enforcement assignment following a three month leave of absence spent in an Atlanta rehabilitation facility for alcohol addiction, soon finds himself dealing with the death of a long-time friend, Harlan, victim of an apparent job-related accident, although Jack believes that he was in reality murdered, and as he investigates the incident, dangerous complications arise for him. Etchison and his wife Mary play in featured roles and, along with cinematographer Jim Hunter, produce the film, effectively creating a sense of dread in a viewer through most of the first half, but unfortunately the narrative completely unravels and, unquestionably due to overly restricted financing, storyline elements are not advanced and a stylish tone established early on, largely due to Hunter's inventive visual compositions with camera and lighting, is dissipated into chaos. A love triangle, and the involvement of local acolytes of the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn in cocaine trafficking, are among several screenplay components that remain underdeveloped as the film abruptly concludes, failing to yield even that manner of satisfaction that comes from ambiguity, and since Etchison has asserted that director Ridley Scott's BLADE RUNNER is the principal inspiration here, it is hardly surprising that as the storyline becomes a puzzling farrago, the camera skills of Hunter become the cardinal virtue.


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