Fatal Attraction for teenagers, sure that doesn’t sound too appealing but if done right it can work. In fact back in 1992 a film hit VHS that was not only well done but it became a rental hit and cult favorite that spawned 3 sequels. That film was Poison Ivy, and featured Drew Barrymore in a very risque role to say the least. In fact the legends of the film are a bit more graphic than the film itself. Scream Factory has acquired the right to these and have released a Poison Ivy Box Set.
Poison Ivy stars Drew Barrymore as Ivy. She’s the typical wrong side of the tracks temptress type girl that Sylvie Copper (Sara Gilbert), an impressionable girl from a wealthy family bonds with. Sylvie and Ivy soon become inseparable. Ivy pretty much moves in to their home and even Sylvie’s parents fall in love with her. Sylvie mother Georgie is very sick and stays home. She’s on oxygen, and slightly unstable at times but Ivy gains her trust, until she witnesses Ivy trying to seduce her husband. In fact Ivy is basically trying to take Georgie’s place as the woman of the house. When Sylvie begins to notice this she tries to stop Ivy by any means necessary. It’s a very well done erotic thriller that is well acted and moves at a great pace with plenty of twists and turns. It’s clearly the best of the series and holds up well to this day.
Poison Ivy II: Lily Stars Alyssa Milano as Lilly. She’s a fairly simple girl in the beginning. She’s an art student who moves in an apartment with a strange group of people. There’s Bridgette who doesn’t like Lilly, Robert, and Tanya. Tanya and Lilly hit it off and become friends. One day Lilly finds an old box and opens it up. It’s from her cousin Ivy (Barrymore from the first film) it’s her diary and a bunch of photos. Lilly soon becomes obsessed with the diary and starts turning into Ivy, becoming more and more sexual in nature. It drives her down a dark path and endangers not only her relationship but lives as well. Although a bit cornier in nature the film is still good and Milano is great as Lily. She’s a much better actress then she has ever been given credit for. It was not made until 1996 and It does hold up well.
Poison Ivy: The New Seduction released in 1997 to cash in on the rental success of Lilly stars Jaime Pressly. This one starts in 1985 with a flashback of Ivy and her sister Violet. They live with their mom Rebecca, a live in housekeeper who is having an affair with a man named Ivan. They all live together along with Ivan’s wife Catherine and his daughter Joy. One day Ivan finds Rebecca with their pool boy and freaks out. This draws his wife’s attention who finds out about the affair and throws them all out. We then cut to 10 years later and Violet is becoming reacquainted with Joy. In fact Joy asks her to move in to help her save money. Violent doesn’t really fit in with Joy’s other high class friends. This somehow causes her to snap and she decides to take her anger out on Joy. She starts using her sexual prowess to ruin Joy’s life. Seducing her fiancé, and wrecking the relationship of her other friends. She even tries to seduce Ivan, joy’s father. This one is definitely the most risqué of the 4 films. It’s not the best in terms of well done, as the acting, with the exception of Pressly is not that great, but the film is so over the top it’s definitely the most fun to watch. In fact I actually put this one at the top of my list.
Poison Ivy: The Secret Society really has nothing to do with the other films. In fact it was edited down and premiered on Lifetime in 2008. It stars Miriam McDonald from Degrassi The Next Generation fame as Daisy. She’s a small town Iowa county girl who after leaving home transfers to a private school to get her college degree. The Deans son Blake falls for her which causes a secret society known as the Ivy Society to ask her to join. There a group of young lady’s whose group often win the internship offered each year. In fact one of the girls there, Azalea try’s to seduce Blake to get help in winning. They are incredibly generous to Daisy at first. Paying for her cloths and helping her with tuition. That is until Blake beings seeing Daisy full time much to the anger of Azalea who then begins to try and ruin the lives of Blake and Daisy. This film is pretty bad. Its by no means seductive like the first three, so the fact that it is watered down really ruins the style of the film. This one is truly a safer version for the younger crowd.
Scream Factory has put all of these together in a box set, and not only are the transfers pristine in both audio and visual style but all of the films are presented uncut. That adds to the appeal as uncut prints of these are hard to find these days. You get all 4 films, all uncut with extras.
Disc One: Poison Ivy
Worth every penny the first 3 films are great, three being my personal favorite. Sure part 4 is not that good, but for $47.99 you essentially getting it for free. DO yourself a favor and pick this one up. It’s a fun way to spend the weekend, or broken up over a few nights. Definitely worth having in your collection.
Overall 3.5 out of 5 Stars