The title isn't the only thing about MIDNIGHT HEAT that seems familiar. Even if you haven't seen this particular erotic thriller before, you've probably sampled its basic ingredients in better movies.
After completing drug rehab, onetime football star Tyler Grey (Tim Matheson) is greeted with little more than curses upon his return by Coleman Miller (David Frederick), the owner of his former team. Much more forgiving is Coleman's wife Allison (Mimi Craven), who takes Tyler into her bed for
services denied him by his ex-wife Vivian (Kathrin Nicholson), who is now a lesbian and an expert on the division of marital assets.
At Allison's coaxing, Tyler crashes an upscale fundraiser, where he and Coleman come to blows; shortly after, Coleman is incinerated in a car explosion. A homicide detective suspects the fire was set to cover up Coleman's murder, and vows to prove that Tyler did it. A distraught Allison tells
Tyler that she is being tailed and framed, and asks him to hide the jack that was used to murder Coleman. Tyler soon becomes a scapegoat for the real killer. He is arrested for the murder of Carl Wurtly (Garvin Cross), a former employee of Coleman's who knows the killer's identity. Tyler is then
bailed out by ex-wife Vivian. As the light slowly dawns on Tyler that Allison has been setting him up as part of a plot to eliminate her rich husband, he tries to beat her at her own game by replanting the murder weapon on her estate. But Allison has anticipated that move, and watches as waiting
police shoot her fall guy, freeing her to split her inheritance with her lover--Vivian.
Will egotistical jocks never learn that the only reason unhappily married babes want them is to help the women attain instant divorces? For these black widow specials to work, the viewer has to be treated as a third party in the crime, holding back the sheets as the fornicating lovers slip into
mattress paradise. But MIDNIGHT HEAT takes its voyeuristic audience no closer than, say, a bedroom window facing from an opposite courtyard. Thus distanced, the viewer loses patience and has plenty of time to deduce the not-very-surprising ending. (Violence, extreme profanity, extensive nudity,substance abuse.)
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- Released: 1995
- Rating: R
- Review: The title isn't the only thing about MIDNIGHT HEAT that seems familiar. Even if you haven't seen this particular erotic thriller before, you've probably sampled its basic ingredients in better movies. After completing drug rehab, onetime football star Ty… (more)
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