Listen now (54 mins) | Anthony Penta, director of 'We Kill for Love,' on the history—and present—of an unfairly denigrated genre.
I feel like movies like Mulholland Drive or even Sin City wouldn’t have been as incredible as they were without the straight to video films of the early 1990s.
I also feel like the erotic thrillers needed early 1980s shows like Miami Vice to sell the storylines of falling in love with the innocent or with the killers. Miami Vice had 4-5 storylines through its run where the cops end up falling in love with a daughter of the villain or with the guilty party themselves.
Also one thing I liked about the lower budget non-Hollywood erotic thrillers was the music it was far less polished and over the top but it made it better.
Great episode! I would recommend another 1992 movie (same year as Basic Instinct) called To Kill For starring Michael Madsen (as badass as always) as a cop investigating a murder of a real estate tycoon. He falls in love with the chief suspect a beautiful hotel owner under psychiatric care.
These movies were priceless from Hollywood (Basic Instinct, Wild Orchid, Jade, …) to the lesser known films (Illusions, Incognito, …). Thank god for the Screenpix channels included in Xfinitys movie package I’ve discovered so many 1970s to early 2000s movies of many genres including the erotic thriller.
The 1994 Madeleine Stowe film 'Blink' I think fits in this category, though Wikipedia lists it as "neo-noir".
I think 'erotic thriller's has much more to recommend it as a genre label than 'neo-noir'
Is Vic going to make a return to the Sub-Beacon for a special episode discussing this film?