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Wild Things

1998 / 108m - USA
Mystery, Comedy
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Big plot twists were a thing in the late 90s, but Wild Things (also known as Sex Crimes) took it one step further. The first half of the film has a basic setup, what follows next is a continuous string of twists that keep flipping the story. I liked it a lot when I first watched it, and while it's still fun, it has lost some of its charm throughout the years.

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A school counselor gets into trouble when one of his rich students accuses him of raping her. He quits his job and becomes a pariah in his community, especially when a second girl steps forward, also accusing him of rape. He gets himself a lawyer, but there is more to the story than people are telling.

What made this film famous were Denise Richards' boobs and her kiss with Neve Campbell, not quite as impressive 25 years later. The plot is still fun, though the setup takes a bit too long and the film could've been tighter edited. Not bad at all, but it's not the kind of film that gets better once you know the plot.

Haeckel's Tale

2006 / 59m - USA
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Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer

1986 / 83m - USA
Crime, Horror
Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer poster

The Harvest

2013 / 104m - USA
Drama, Thriller
The Harvest poster

Poor Samantha Morton and Michael Shannon. Two decent actors with a solid track record, I'm guessing that when they read the script for this film they were expecting quite a bit more. The potential was there for sure and both actors do a decent job, but director McNaughton didn't do them any favors.

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Andy is a young kid suffering from a heart condition. He's cared for in his own house, as his mother is a doctor and his father is a nurse. When Maryann moves in next door he finally has someone to talk to, but Andy's mother doesn't really appreciate Maryann visiting her son. She shoos her away, but Maryann is willing to give up so easily.

The Harvest is a drama that turns thriller in the second half. Performances are nice all round, but that's about it. The cinematography is cheap, the soundtrack a failure and the twists at the end are just laughable. It feels like a made-for-TV film, sloppy and poorly produced shlock sold off as something poor. Very disappointing.