Charmless and sleazy, HOUSEWIFE FROM HELL scrapes the bottom of the barrel of direct-to-video schlock.
John Scully (Gregg Bullock) decides to rid himself of his good-looking but dull and passionless wife, Melissa (Lisa Comshaw), by dropping a hair dryer in her bath. Afterwards, he has a fling with neighbor Mary-Lou (Jacqueline St. Clair) and comes under investigation by detective Vince Bedlo
(legendary porn star Ron Jeremy). In short order, he also becomes haunted by Melissa's spirit, who torments him with promises that he's going to hell. Nonetheless, he persists in getting it on with every woman in sight, including a pretty business client (Jennifer Peace), the boss's wife (Marcia
Gray), and a knockout blonde named Serena (Candi Fleeman), with whom he plans to fly to Tahiti.
Melissa's spirit, however, foils his plans to sell the house; Bedlo is putting the squeeze on Willy (Jeff Harrison), who is John's shaky alibi; and John's boss (Edwin Coffin) discovers that John has embezzled money from him. Shortly after Melissa's ghost informs John that death has freed her
emotionally and sexually, just about everyone John knows shows up at his house at the same time, seeking his money, his body, or his life. John winds up shot dead, whereupon he joins a forgiving Melissa in the afterlife and discovers that "there is sex after death."
The distributor's description of HOUSEWIFE FROM HELL as an "erotic comedy" has to be taken on faith, since the abundant sex and nudity are more puerile than arousing and there isn't a single laugh anywhere within range. The screenplay is witless and simplistic (this is the kind of movie where
someone actually calls his boss "boss"), and John is a complete boor both as written and as played by Bullock. Of course, this doesn't deter every woman in the cast from shedding her clothes for him at the drop of a hat; clearly, all creative energy was expended on finding as many narrative
excuses for sex as possible. Amazingly, two people (James Lane and Don Jones) are credited for the direction, which consists mostly of pointing the camera at the actors and hoping (vainly) for something funny to happen.
Examined a little more closely, HOUSEWIFE FROM HELL proves not to be so much a comedy as a combination of sex fantasy and punishment fantasy, combined with a queasy message that what an unresponsive woman really needs is to be killed. On the other hand, to apply any kind of intelligent thought
to this movie is to attempt considerably more than the filmmakers did. (Violence, extensive nudity, sexual situations, profanity.)
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- Released: 1994
- Rating: NR
- Review: Charmless and sleazy, HOUSEWIFE FROM HELL scrapes the bottom of the barrel of direct-to-video schlock. John Scully (Gregg Bullock) decides to rid himself of his good-looking but dull and passionless wife, Melissa (Lisa Comshaw), by dropping a hair dryer… (more)