It may not be as popular as the teen/college age horror movies being spawned today but it deserves to be watched.
Teacher's Pet (2000)
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It may not be as popular as the teen/college age horror movies being spawned today but it deserves to be watched.
Also known as Devil in the Flesh 2 & Dearly Devoted II this Canadian & American co-production was directed by Marcus Spiegel & is the sequel to Devil in the Flesh (1998) which was an OK female stalker film, predictably Teacher's Pet is worse than Devil in the Flesh & I would have a hard time recommending it. The central character of Debbie Strong returns although played by a different actress this time & the only reference to the original is mention of her crimes at the start but then Teacher's Pet is more of a remake than a sequel as she develops a crush on her hunky teacher & won't let anything or anyone get in the way of her love for him. Here Debbie uses her body & beauty to manipulate & get her own way while she's a rather unpleasant character that I found hard to like or root for, because of this I found it impossible to emotionally connect with the film & I was very detached sat there watching it. At almost 90 minutes it's maybe ten minutes too long, there are a few very silly moments like Tracy's death where she sprays herself with pepper spray & falls back impaling herself on a metal rod or Laney falling out of her window or when Sam has a small stone thrown through his window the town Sheriff & his Deputy both turn up to investigate, I mean a small rock thrown through someone's window is hardly crime of the century is it? The film takes itself pretty seriously although the comic Deputy is an odd expect ion, the story could have been decent as this time around the object of Debbie's desires actually sleeps with her & it could have made for an interesting psycho thriller but not much is done with the concept of a jilted lover who feels used.
The whole film feels bland, there's no real style & the whole culture of twenty something beautiful college students living it up in the sun is a clichéd one. There's a couple of kills here, a guy gets a plank of wood with a couple of nails in it stuck in his forehead while there are a couple of brief stabbings. Teacher's Pet is surprisingly tame despite several sex scenes, leading lady Jodi Lyn O'Keefe keeps her clothes on throughout. The ending leaves things open for a sequel although as of yet one has been made.
Probably shot on a low budget Teacher's Pet is competent & there are some nice looking girls here but as a film I didn't think that much of it. The acting is alright but nothing special, Jodi Lyn O'Keefe can't embody her character with any sympathy or likability so I just ended up hating her all the way through.
Teacher's Pet is a fairly forgettable thriller about a female stalker & her male obsession that I thought was worse than the original, to be honest I only saw it last night & I can barely remember anything about it already.
The movie is just one big pile of predictable clichés, bad acting and awful directing. There is really nothing that makes this movie worth a second watch. To give you an idea of the quality: it felt more like I was watching some kind of cheap soft-porn movie rather than a thriller.
The story is far from original as well, but finding an original script isn't easy, so that's not even my biggest problem with this movie. This is how the story goes: A young female patient escapes from the mental hospital for criminals after she has murdered the doctor and the head nurse. She gets a ride from a girl that is going to her university and who looks a lot like her. Of course the young student dies, and the mental patient takes over her identity. At first everything goes well, but than more and more murders happen in the neighborhood of the campus...
I'm really sorry to say so but this movie was an absolute disgrace and a complete waste of my time. It's not worth a watch and should be avoided at all time. I give it a 2/10. The only reason why I didn't give it a 1 is because of the girls.
Title (Brazil): `Dupla Personalidade' (`Double Personality')
Just like Wild Things, there isn't much to ponder over or analyse; the movie was probably made as an alternative to softcore porn i.e. for guys to drool over the twisted and seductive "bad girl". However, there are surprisingly few sex scenes and they were not very good (Wild Things did a much better job in that respect).
If you're a guy and you watch movies solely for that reason, you might find that "Teacher's Pet" meets your needs, but if you're either a girl, or you prefer movies with depth and substance - I doubt very highly that you will find anything of value here.
It's not so awful that I'd call it unwatchable, and not so boring that you fall asleep halfway through(at least the pacing was appropriate; that's about the only good thing I can say about this movie), but basically just a typical forgettable run-of-the mill flick that won't go down in the history of movie-making.
Making her way to the collage that the late Tracy Carley is attending Debbie soon makes a name for herself as the most troublesome student in the entire school. This leads her to also corrupt her dorm mate the straight as an arrow Laney, Jenaette Box, whom she sneaks out of the dorm one night and gets her plastered at the local gin-mill. That while Debbie, as Tracy Carley, ends up murdering this homeless drunk, Frank Noon, a fellow patient at the mental intuition that she was committed to. That's when the drunk recognized her and tried to warn the bouncer as well as bartender in the joint that she was both an escapee from a loony bin as well as under age.
It's when Debbie sets her sights on handsome English teacher Sam Delkner, Jus Garcia, that she overreaches herself in that his girlfriend also a teacher in the collage Carla Briggs, Katherine Kendall, just happens to be pregnant with Sam's child! Sam as much as he tries to get Debbie off his back and out of his life can't shake her in Debbie's insane determination to have the handsome English teacher all for herself! Even if it ends up killing him as well as her! Since killing is no problem for Debbie in her murdering at least seven people, including her parents and her dorm captain, she now targets Carla, who's the only obstacle in her attempt to have Sam as her lover, as her next victim!
Too confusing to follow with about a dozen sub-plots in it the film "Teacher's Pet" or "Devil in the Flesh:2" only keeps you interested in the many soft-core sex scenes in it between English teacher Sam and his hot to trot student Debbie Strand that really heat things up wherever the two get down and dirty.
****SPOILERS*** After almost what looked like she finally paid for her crimes Debbie,like the crazed and indestructible Michael Myers in the Halloween movies", suffering from a near fatal kitchen knife wound mysteriously pops up in the middle of the desert to be picked up and driven to the nearest hospital emergency center by non-other***MAJOR SPOILER*** then Tracy Carley's rich father, Patrick Pankhursh, who still thinks that his long dead daughter Tracy is still alive and having some trouble in adjusting to collage life!
You get the impression that a sequel to "Teacher's Pet" is in the works with the farther adventures of the crazed homicidal and pretty Debbie Strand but either because of lack of public interest or money it died a quiet and peaceful death or cancellation. That's more then we can say for Debbie's victims!
After her affections are turned down, Debbie Strong, (Jodi Lyn O'Keefe) escapes from a mental asylum and goes on the run, managing to wind up at Holmby College and winds up falling for English Teacher Sam Deckner, (Jsu Garcia) the writer of a book she liked. Settling in, she finds out about his girlfriend Carla Briggs, (Katherine Kendall) and plots to get together with him. As she endears herself to the other students of the campus with her fiery appearance, a string of murders around the school has the local authorities baffled. When her attitude starts to rub off on others, who make fun of her for the crush she has on her teacher, she lashes out and begins to take out her frustrations on those who stand in the way of her obsession.
The Good News: This here wasn't that bad at all. One of the film's biggest improvements over the first one is the fact that the body count is a lot bigger. Rather than a few deaths all at the end, this one puts in a couple here and there, really making the psycho seem a lot more ruthless than before. The kills are a little more brutal than before, further adding to the deranged feel of the killer. One is thrown a hair-dryer inside a shower and electrocuted, another has a wood with nails in it swung into the forehead, a syringe to the neck and a metal coil impaled in the back and coming out the front. In addition to the deaths, there's some slashings and stabbings, as well as a gunshot wound, really amp up the gore factor of the film. The only other part of the film that is above average is the final showdown, which has some really good stalking scenes utilizing some of the best suspense in the film. With the darkened hallways, noises and characters popping out of nowhere, it's one of the best scenes in the film, and aside from the kills, the reason to see this one.
The Bad News: This here is a really troublesome film. One of the worst problems is that everything is exaggerated to the point of gleeful self-parody. The victim whose identity the heroine adopts doesn't just meet an untimely end, the sequence includes a part where she yells out a series of profanities, then she accidentally gasses herself with pepper spray and becomes impaled on a metal coil, all in one swift gesture. This is way too over-the-top for what could've been done in a way simpler motive rather than this. As it is, it looks like the victim is a brain-dead klutz who doesn't know how to work anything, and this is just too over-the-top to really be anything more than that. Similarly, she doesn't just corrupt her mousy roommate, she introduces her to drinking, Internet porn, manslaughter, and bi-curiosity, all in one eventful evening. This is all conducted a little too much. Had it been spread out over a little further over the time period of the film would've been more believable. The way it's presented here, it makes her seem way too sleazy and pushy for someone who we are supposed to be the heroine. The other big nagging problem with this one is that there is very little done that would propel the romance forward. There's a chance encounter in the parking lot, a book meeting and one class session, and this results in the hardcore crush in the film. This really should've used more events to build things up. This one really should've been the introduction and then built up the romance from that, only for this one to just use the above set-up to carry the romance and ensuing jealousy. There's also a couple of really useless scenes. One is a silly erotic dream scene that seems all the more gratuitous for the distracting obviousness of the fact that she has refused to take her clothes off. It's quite obvious this is occurring, and it really ruins what is happening in the moment. The events at the end to regain the upper-hand in the romance are excruciating to watch, and don't have any real value to be there. All in all, this is a very uninspired sequel.
The Final Verdict: With a lot of problems and a couple of reasons for recommendations, this is a really lackluster sequel to a really weak original. This is really only recommended to those looking for some cheap sleaze or fans of the first one, otherwise this is a skip-able movie.
Rated R: Graphic Language, Violence, Nudity and several mild sex scenes
The First Devil in the Flesh was better in my opinion. But if you have nothing better to do and like these obsessed psycho chicks movies , then give this one a watch.
In a phrase: You go girl!
This movie was so lame I sent it back to Netflix the exact same day it came in the mail.
My score: 2 (out of 10)
Eye Candy: Lisa Comshaw and Katherine Kendall both get topless ( an extra is topless as well)
My Grade: B-
Where I saw it: Starz on Demand