It's Fear Friday and the Valentine themed movies continue at the Laughing Vixen Lounge blog. This week's film is a twisted tale of love and obsession gone horribly wrong. For anyone who is tired of traditional sappy sweet love stories then this one is for you. A definite Anti-Valentine's Day movie!!! Enjoy!
Every Friday at the Laughing Vixen Lounge Blog is Fear Friday. Fear Fridays are a celebration of all films spooky. Horror is a very broad genre and the Lounge loves it all. Each Friday you will find a review of a different film. These can range from Classic Horror (black and white and cheesy), Thrillers (suspense, jumps and a good mystery), outright Horror (chop chop, slash slash, die die) and anything else in between.
So pop some popcorn, kill the lights and enjoy tonight's selection. And please, share your comments on the film. Bad or good let me know what you thought of it. And now, my little ghouls and dolls, the Laughing Vixen Lounge Blog is proud to present this week's film.
Fear Friday - Boxing Helena
Tagline - A deep, dark obsession that bares a woman's body and a man's
Beyond love, beyond obsession, there hides something beyond
Directed by Jennifer Chambers Lynch (Surveillance, Hiss and Chained) and released on September 3, 1993 by Mainline Pictures (Rated R). A doctor (Julian Sands) falls for a woman (Sherilyn Fenn) but she does not return his feelings. What lengths will a man go to make the woman of his dreams fall in love with him? Me thinks waaaaaay too far!!!
It has been awhile since I watched this movie, and I could not find it to watch quickly, so I will have to go on what I remember. This is one of those odd movies to say the least. Boy meets girl, girl does not like boy back, boy is obsessive and has to have girl, girl has nasty accident and boy sees his opportunity to have girl. It's wrong on so many levels but does make for an interesting watch. This is definitely more of a drama and not much of any gore that I can remember. The horror comes from the very twisted obsession the doctor forms with Helena and the lengths he is willing to go to make her fall in love with him. I do not want to give away anything in case you do not know the gist of the movie.
Another reason to give this a watch is the great cast. Julian Sands (A Room With A View, Naked Lunch and Warlock), Sherylin Fenn (of Twin Peaks fame), Kurtwood Smith (so many movies but a favorite in That 70's Show) and of course my personal favorite Bill Paxton (Weird Science, Aliens, Indian Summer and more recently Big Love on HBO). Anything with Mr. Paxton in it is worth the price of admission in my book! Especially his early roles.
Take a look at the original trailer. ***If you really do not want to know anything about what happens to her do not watch past the 1:20 mark as it does give you some idea***
Some trivia about the movie.
1. The composition of the movie's promotional poster is a recreation of figure artist Ruth Bernhard's 1962 photograph, "In the Box (Horizontal)." The original is in the collection of the Smithsonian American Art Museum.
2. Kim Basinger pulled out of the title role, and was successfully sued for $9 million for violation of a verbal contract. The award was overturned on appeal, and the case was settled out of court.
3. Filmed in Atlanta attorney Ed Garland's 15,000 square foot mansion. The house also was used for portions of Driving Miss Daisy (1989).
4. Jennifer Chambers Lynch wrote the screenplay when she was 19 years old.
5. Madonna was originally going to play the lead. At that time, the project was titled "Boxing Hanna."
6. Ed Harris and John Malkovich were offered the lead role of Dr. Nick Cavanaugh. The role eventually went to Julian Sands.