Detective Catherine Palmer investigates a series of sexually gruesome serial murders and becomes embroiled in a world of lesbianism and bondage after she becomes obsessed with one of the victims' paramours.
Homicide detective Catherine Palmer investigates a series of serial killings of women who have been tortured to death by S&M, all of whom have had their eyelids cut off. The investigation takes Catherine into a group wealthy upper class women, where she is drawn to the chief suspect, Vickie Kittrie, who has a penchant for S&M and women, as well as to Dr. Broussard, the victims' shady therapist with some dark secrets of his own.Written by
Released in theaters at 93 minutes. The American DVD release features the "International Version" of the film which runs 117 minutes. This unrated, unedited version has longer scenes and new footage, added some of which are:
The sex scene between Detective Palmer and the mechanic is longer and more explicit, plus a scene afterward showing Palmer arrives home at her house, pouring drinks for herself, and having visions of a nude man in her bathroom, her ex-husband, along with a chestnut haired woman.
A shot of Vicki smoking heroin ("chasing the dragon") after Palmer interogates her as well as her looking over photos of her little sister.
A fantasy shot of Palmer punching the chestnut haired woman in the bar, and then explaining to Vicki that it's the woman who her husband cheated on, as well as more dialoge where Detective Palmer explains to Vicki about her marriage and her husband.
The dreams Palmer has of the victums is longer and more explicit which include a man performing sex on one of them.
The scene where Detective Palmer discovers Vicki's dead body show her crying after discovering the photo of Vicki and her sister, and then assaulting one of the detectives who walk in and make a disparaging comment about Vicki being a dyke and so on.
After the wounded Palmer fataly stabs Mary with a knife, Mary holds Palmer's hand as she breaths her dying breath.
This film is an interesting thriller that probes the after-hours private lives of well-to-do corporate women whose interests are unusual sex with other women. When some of the ladies turn up dead, the police step in, headed by Ellen Barkin as a jaded, shopworn and streetwise cop. Barken gets drawn in deeper into the erotic world she is discovering by a young woman and slowly pieces together the mysterious murders. There are red herrings and the plot twists and turns are more revealing in the film's home stretch. Barkin is as cool and wends her way through this erotic underground and the men portrayed in the film are shown in a poor light. Peta Wilson is sympathetic as the woman who guides Barkin through the maze of sex bars and clubs, and their chemistry on screen is sensual and suggestive. Barkin's trademark crooked grin is nearly absent in this picture owing to the subject matter but she is still a treat to watch. The music and cinematography are very good.
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