Single White Female is a film that, when it came out was actually very disturbing. It was never embraced by the horror crowd as the premise gave it a bit of a chick film feel. That and slasher films were still doing well. I saw this back in 1992 and I rewatched it last night. I have to say it still holds up really well.
Single White Female stars Bridget Fonda as Allie. She's a computer program designer who lives in a loft apartment with her fiance Sam. Unfortunately she finds out Sam is still having sex with his ex wife and kicks him out. She needs a roommate to foot half the rent and takes out an add stating she's a SWF (Single White Female) looking forward to a roommate. She find one in the form of Jennifer Jason Leigh as Heidi.
It goes well at first and the two quickly become besties. Unfortunately for Allie her new roommate is insane. She clearly has a personality disorder and grows more and more unstable. Like really unstable. She cuts her hair like Allie, starts dressing like Allie, and becomes completely possessive of Allie. Then she kills some people.
I won't go further into detail as I don't want to spoil anything if for some weird reason you have never watched this. It's a great film, and still creepy all these years later. Jennifer Jason Leigh gives an absolutely breathtaking performance as Hedi. As weird as it sounds she is so good at being evil you almost want to cheer for her at times. She even won the best villain award at the MTV Movie Awards when this came out.
The score and pacing of the film is great, and still holds up to the short attention span viewers of today. It's well written, and we'll acted. It never once goes off the rails into campy or over the top. It's on of the better psychological thrillers out there. And now Scream Factory has finally given it the proper treatments with a new Blu-ray release. So not only do we get the first class treatment audio and video wise we even get special features.
NEW Audio Commentary With Director Barbet Schroeder, Editor Lee Percy, And Associate Producer Susan Hoffman
NEW Interview With Director Barbet Schroeder
NEW Interview With Actor Steven Weber
NEW Interview With Actor Peter Friedman
NEW Interview With Screenwriter Don Roos
Once again I really can't stress enough how well this holds up. If you have never seen it you would never guess (aside from the outfits) that it's a 90s movie. Well acted, well directed, and really unsettling at times this is a great suspense film from top to bottom. Go pick this one up.
Overall 3.5 out of 5 Stars