“Alone….terrified….trapped like an animal.” That was the original tagline for the 1982 thriller The Seduction. It is notable for a few things. The first being it starred Morgan Fairchild who was red hot from Flaming Road at the time, and the fact that it won three awards. Unfortunately those awards were Razzies. It won for Worst Actress, Worst New Star, and Worst Supporting Actress. The film, although a bit corny by today’s standards is actually pretty good. I don’t know if I would go so far as to say it was ahead of its time, but stalking films were still fairly scarce back then, especially those that dealt with obsessed fans and local celebrities.
The Seduction stars Fairchild as Jamie Douglas. She’s an anchorwoman in Los Angeles who takes many baths, and dips in the pool. I say that because there are a lot of scenes with her cleaning up. Obviously it was done because she is extremely beautiful, and of course because the filmmakers were trying to be as erotic as possible. She lives next to a weirdo named Derek (played wonderfully by Andrew Stevens). He really likes her. In fact he’s obsessed with her. He’s also lucky she takes so many baths because he takes tons of pictures of her. He also does a lot of little things like send her flowers, send her notes, follow her around, you name it. He’s sort of ok just being a common stalker but when he discovers Jamie has a boyfriend he sort of snaps and becomes fully blown crazy obsessed.
Now back in 1982 stalking was more of a thing you saw in films. Sure it happened in real life but it was not covered as much back then. Cops basically couldn’t do anything unless they caught the guy in the act, and Jamie just kept calling them at the wrong times. So what’s a girl to do in a stalking movie? Take matters into her own hands and get revenge. And let me tell you, it does play out well.
The film gets a lot of grief for being bad, which I don’t understand. Fairchild does a fine job playing the woman in peril, then woman out to strike back just fine. She was a Television actress and this move to the big screen was done fine. She was easily one of the most beautiful women in the world at the time and she played a good part. See one thing people don’t take into consideration was that films like this seem laughable now because of the subject matter. Stalking was either played for laughs or used in horror films. It wasn’t handled as a serious subject back then, hence a bit of the overacting.
That part aside its actually a really well made film. As I said Fairchild is great, as is Stevens. They both play their parts perfectly. My only issue would be that so much of it was played on Fairchild’s looks, and that her character was not given enough to do acting wise. This film has become a cult classic over the years, and now Scream Factory has picked it up and have given it a Blu-ray treatment.
It looks fantastic. The audio and video are tremendous. Scream Factory does such a good job with these transfers its almost a science to them at this point. This one look like it was made just yesterday. My only issue is that, although it had a budget to it back in the day it sort of resembles a made for television film by today’s standards. But Scream Factory never disappoints, and they have this one loaded with special features
· NEW “Beauty And Strength” – An Interview With Actress Morgan Fairchild
· NEW “The Seducer” – An Interview With Actor Andrew Stevens
· NEW “Flashbacks” – An Interview With Producer Bruce Cohn Curtis
· Audio Commentary With Producer Irwin Yablans, Bruce Cohn Curtis, And Writer/Director David Schmoeller
· “Remembering The Seduction” Featurette Featuring Interviews With Bruce Cohn Curtis, Irwin Yablans, David Schmoeller, Actress Colleen Camp, Actor Kevin Brophy, And Associate Producer Tom Curtis
· “Remembering The Locations And Production” Featurette With Bruce Cohn Curtis And Location Manager Charles Newirth
· “Remembering The Seduction And The Law” Featurette
· Original Theatrical Trailer & TV Spot
· Still Gallery
Although not racked with the tension a film like this should have by today’s standards it’s still a great film to sit back and watch. I enjoyed it, and there is a reason it has developed such a cult following. Go ahead and pick this one up.
Overall 2.5 out of 3 Stars.