Актеры: Kari Wuhrer (as Ann), Jeff Trachta (as Scott), Barbara Crampton (as Nicole), Melissa Stone (as Darla), Seth Adam Jones (as David), Jay Richardson (as Mr. Slider), Larry Poindexter (as Chris), John Weller (as Travis), Peggy Trentini (as Karina), Melissa Brasselle (as Angela), Michael Cavanaugh (as McMillan), Betheny Zolt (as Janelle), Nina Dafni (as Mrs. Slider), Bill Monroe (as Detective)
Описание: Недавно овдовевшая женщина выдает себя за прислугу, чтобы завладеть доверием семейной пары. Как только она получает его то сразу начинает разрушать семейный очаг, мстя таким образом за смерть своего мужа!
Рецензии: Rating: *1/2 (out of 4)
Kari Wuhrer may or may not be a great actress. Being that her choice of films thus far have been largely underwhelming, straight-to-video fare, she hasn't exactly been afforded the type of multi--faceted roles that to reveal much in the way of deep talent. Still, not only is she ungodly beautiful and has no problem with exuding primal sexuality, her screen presence is completely ingratiating, and, based on the evidence, has a natural talent for delivering dialogue convincingly and acting "in the moment". She may not be a Julianne Moore; but she isn't facile or bubbly generic like a Julia Roberts or Meg Ryan.
Unfortunately, THE NEIGHBOR'S WIFE (a.k.a. POISON) is totally unworthy of her -- a bubble-brained, totally illogic psychological thriller in the vein of THE HAND THAT ROCKS THE CRADLE, where a conniving, revenge-seeking woman infiltrates a middle-class suburban household and wrecks merciless havoc. While the premise is stale, with decent scripting and reasonably astute direction, something trashy but tension-filled might possibly have resulted. But the writing is sloppy -- it's got maybe enough valid material for a 30-minute serial -- and the direction is so lead-footed that there's way too many dead spots throughout so we have enough time to see the numerous inconsistencies in the plotting. It's neither crafty nor sleazy -- just nondescript, as if nobody working on the set had the slightest iota of passion or tolerance for the project they were working on.
In addition to the total lack of suspense, the sex scenes, which are the selling points in flicks like this, are horrendously unerotic. Barbara Crampton of RE-ANIMATOR fame hasn't aged all that gracefully, and her pouty, overdeliberate portrait of closed-off snottiness doesn't help her supposedly "hot" bedroom scenes. Her and the dreadful actor portraying her husband create nary a spark of heat. As for Wuhrer, she's generally appealing here and manages to breeze throght the film with assurance, but she isn't given the opportunity to do anything here that any sleepwalking actress with moderate skill couldn't have similarly done. (For primo Kari Wuhrer, check out her small masterpiece of smart and sustained erotica, VIVID (a.k.a. LUSCIOUS).