Sharon Stone heated up the cinemas (and her career) in this slick
psychological thriller about a wealthy writer who is suspected of
killing her lover with an ice-pick to heighten sexual pleasure.
If the opening sequence doesn't disturb you, the leg crossing scene
in the interrogation room will.
BODY OF EVIDENCE
Ok, ok, I know what you're thinking. But this slick Femme Fatale
flick is heaps of fun even if it’s just to see Madonna’s
Brian De Palma made some of the most memorable horror/thriller films
post Hitchcock, and before being killed and replaced by an alien
host (according to People magazine, since making forgettable genre
pictures like Mission To Mars, and Femme Fatale) Carrie was one
of them. A cocktail of pubescent rage, adolescent angst, and a blood
curdling massacre. It’s the ultimate revenge flick as Sissy
Spacek uses her psychic powers to exact vengeance on all those that
bullied her in school. Spacek turned in a great performance, both
achingly innocent and devastatingly destructive.
One of my all time favourites, this film brilliantly explores the
psyche of two young girls and their obsessive friendship leading
up to death of one of their mothers. Never one to let his audience
down with ease, Peter Jackson goes all out here perfectly combining
creative fantasy sequences and brutal reality to give us one of
the best and most original depictions of a true story. The ending
is definitely not for the faint hearted.
Glenn Close is at her best as the icy vixen who won't take no for
an answer in this ultimate femme fatal classic. When a happily married
Michael Douglas decides to indulge in a weekend of passion with
Close he soon realises she wasn't the one weekend kind of gal. A
great performance by Close who takes what could have been a stereotypical
vixen and makes her so believable you almost feel sympathy for her.
I don't think I’ve ever enjoyed a revenge film so much in
my life. Uma Thurman is fantastic as the vengeful sword wielding
Samuri who sets out to kill those who wronged her. You will never
see a more creative use of blood splatter.
One of my all time favourites. Kathy Bates give her Academy Award
winning performance as crazy neurotic who gets a little too obsessed
with her favourite writer. One of the best adaptions from a Steven
King novel and some of the most imaginative swearing you will ever
After you stop comparing Charlize Theron's face prosthetics with Nicole’s
nose you get taken in with this story about one of America’s
most notorious female serial killers, Aileen Wuornos. Theron is fantastic
and well deserved her Oscar.
It’s your classic Femme Fatale film and it’s about as
predictable as they get but what makes this film a favourite is the
great performance from Jennifer Jason Leigh as the obsessive psycho
roommate from hell who copies Bridget Fonda’s hair cut! Well,
I’d be scared...
HAND THAT ROCKS THE CRADLE
Rebecca De Mornay seeks revenge on the woman who caused her husband
to kill himself and as a result loose her baby. And boy is she pissed!
As far as clichés go this one has em all but a fun ride for
fans of the genre.
Linda Florenteno is simply fantastic as a woman without a pulse who
will stop at nothing to get the New York life she's always dreamed
of. After her doctor husband pulls of a scam to pay off his loan shark,
Linda takes off with the loot and heads to "cow country".
Here she meets the most stupid male on the face of the earth, uses
him for sex and then seduces him into killing her husband. Pure guilty
TO DIE FOR
Nicole Kidman is fantastic in this dark comedy about a young woman
who is obsessed with being on television. When her husband decides
it’s time to start a family she seduces a young town hoodlum
into killing him. One of Gus Van Saint's better films, giving originality
to a much used theme.
HAPPENED TO BABY JANE? (1962)
As far Femme Fatale goes, this film would have to right up there as
you not only get one but two crazy females, Bette Davis and Joan Crawford.
This psychological thriller from the 1960’s has it all; a number
of clever twists, a dark old house, a secret, murders, torture, and
an ending that echoes the beginning in a way that is only slightly
more disgusting. But in this case it’s the stars that make the
whole experience worth the ride, which is grotesque, funny, camp and