The Last Seduction (R/I)
Linda Fiorentino, Peter Berg, Bill Pullman
John Dahl’s neo-noir has one of the all time great femme fatale performances from Linda Fiorentiono as Bridget Gregory. Self-interested and willing to achieve her ends by any means, we are quickly caught in her web.
Having made off with the ill-gotten gains of a drug deal, Bridget washes up in Beston, a tiny town in New York State. There she pulls Mike (Peter Berg) into her web and starts living a suburban life. Needless to say, her hardboiled past catches up with her, with her robbed husband (Bill Pullman) hot on her trail. Before long she is manipulating everyone in town to deadly effect.
Originally sent straight to VHS in the United States, its success in cinemas in the UK made it a box office hit in America. This erotic thriller has all of the classic film noir tropes, and none of the tempered morality. Smouldering with vice and passion, The Last Seduction is a pretty poison that will slip down all too easily.