186. Fatal Attraction (D+)
: The fact that this is widely considered the mother of all erotic thrillers has me stumped. The cinematography opts for a murky, almost sepia tone that deprives the proceedings of any eroticism (the aesthetics of the 80s don't help, but that's not the film's fault). Alex Forrest (Glenn Close), often considered one of the best screen villains, is rarely a threat. Only in the re-shot conclusion does she pose any palpable danger to Michael Douglas and his family, but the price of that sequence is the psychological plausibility of her character, as well as a ridiculous false ending resolved when Anne Archer (as Douglas' wife, hardly a character in the movie) gets the last word.
Home Video: 113+1