Tuesday, June 21, 2016

The Crush (Scream Factory Blu-ray) - The Clueless Infatuation with the Dread Pirate Roberts

I watched The Crush when I was maybe a bit too young to feel the full impact of a a younger woman falling for an older man to the point of pure malevolence. Sure I thought Alicia Silverstone was a hottie like everyone else, and I remembered Cary Elwes from Princess Bride, but the full impact of the strange love connection didn't connect with me. Watching it many years later I understand fully. Not that I've been in that type of situation to fully grasp how terrifying it must be to have someone infatuated with you to the point where it endangers your life. There's something in The Crush that every man gets, and that certain something makes the movie quite scary even though it's blatantly over the top and unrealistic.

It was lovely seeing Jennifer Rubin especially since I'm such a big fan of her work in Nightmare on Elm Street 3 and Bad Dreams. Her performance is good, not great, but I imagine that has more to do with the script and less with her acting ability.

The transfer is quite good though I'd say that this movie suffers from the quality of the original movie suffering having been shot in the mid 90's, a notoriously bad time to be shooting on film due to the quality of the stock. The extras include a couple of interviews and a commentary track which is more than satisfying. I'm not sure if there are mega fans for The Crush that would demand more.

For a movie that isn't overly violent, there are scenes that captured my imagination and substituted nicely for the lack of gratuity. There's a little bit of everything from bees to merry go rounds. This is pure family Horror. I lump it in with the Stepfather series that focuses on dysfunctional family member(s) to create the drama and the disturbing scenario. It was popular in the late 80's and early 90's and in this case it was actually quite effective once you separated Silverstone from her teeny bopper fame. Does it play up against Fatal Attraction or Basic Instinct? Nah, it's not on the same level, but it's a competent flick with worthwhile tension and suspense.

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From Scream Factory:

A man who should know better. A much younger teenager. No way should there be any kind of romance between them. Yet from the moment 14-year-old Adrian met Nick, she was crazy about him. There must be something she can say or do. Some way she can show him this is not just a crush. What can she do? What won't she do?

Romantic obsession has harrowing consequences in The Crush, a suspense thriller starring Cary Elwes (Saw, The Princess Bride), Jennifer Rubin (Bad Dreams, Screamers) and Alicia Silverstone (Clueless, The Babysitter) in her breakthrough role. Elwes plays Nick, at first flattered by Adrian'ss flirtation, then gripped with outright fear. Because what Adrian wants, Adrian gets. If she can't have her Mr. Right, no one can.

Bonus Features
NEW Audio Commentary With Writer/Director Alan Shapiro
NEW The Doting Father – An Interview With Kurtwood Smith
NEW Stung By Love – An Interview With Actress Jennifer Rubin
Theatrical Trailer
TV Spot

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