Friday, January 13, 2017

Cold Sweat (1993)

This is weirder than you would expect from a 90’s erotic thriller. I mean yea of course you get a handful of Shannon Tweed sex scenes and yea there's a glow in the dark body painting scene and of course breasts and long-butts get popped out willy nilly but there's something extra happening in this. First of all, we got Dave Thomas (of SCTV and Strange Brew fame -or Grace Under Fire fame if you're a sick fuck) as a conniving lowlife which he plays rather lethargically but it's good to see him nonetheless. Animal Mother himself Adam Baldwin shows up here and there as someone? I think he's a hitman or a bodyguard (?) and he’s also one of Shannon Tweed's umpteenth lovers, this movie is pretty convoluted. But the real standout here is Ben Cross who plays a British hitman that is being haunted relentlessly by his most recent target (the killing of whom happens within the first 3 minutes of the movie and yes she is naked and having sex). By haunted I don't mean brief hallucinations or flashbacks I mean having long conversations with her, inspecting the bullet wounds he inflicted, coming pretty fucking close to having sex with her in a hotel, and the ghost takes a bubble bath at one point. THE GHOST TAKES A BUBBLE BATH AT ONE POINT.  It's a damn strange plot beat that ultimately takes backseat to a confusing series of double crosses.

I'm still not sure I have a handle on the ending because my brain had been running comfortably at about 25% throughout so when the twist kicked in I couldn't get the engine warmed up in time to completely follow. Too laggy and lumpy overall to be anything really special,  cut down to 75 or 80 minutes it would fare much better. Definitely recommended if you want to see a ghost lady take a bubble bath though.

MVT: Overall tone. Cold Sweat manages to transcend its Skinemax by-the-numbers veneer by being a little more oddball than most others of its ilk. 

Make Or Break: First appearance of the ghost lady. If that isn’t enough to get you to stick around then don’t bother with the rest.

Score: 6/10

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