The direct-to-video erotic filler NIGHT EYES IV (subtitled in the ad campaign with ...FATAL PASSION) offers little besides Paula Barbieri, eminent O.J. Simpson girlfriend and witness in his murder trial, riding out her 15 minutes of fame in a headlined role. Her stiff acting suggests she
wasn't so much cast in the movie as subpoenaed to testify.
A silent alarm sounds at the home of prominent West Coast psychiatrist Dr. Angela Cross (Paula Barbieri). To the rescue rush the main partners in the Night Eyes security firm, founder Will Griffith (Andrew Stevens) and his protege Steve Caldwell (Jeff Trachta). During a struggle, the masked
intruder grabs Steve's gun and critically wounds Will before making a clean getaway. Despite his maladroit performance, Dr. Cross hires Steve as her personal bodyguard, as anonymous phone harassment persists. Circumstances point to a hostile patient, gambling addict Charles (Lou Richards). Steve
and Angela begin a love affair, even though the security expert fails to prevent the theft of the doctor's tapes of her therapy sessions, containing scandalous confessions by LA elite. Finally the burglar strikes again, and this time Steve shoots him dead. It turns out to be Roy (Casper Van Dien),
boyfriend of Angela's sluttish, parasitic "houseguest" Sara (Kimberly Kelly), but police seem equally interested in Steve; Night Eyes security cameras caught him having sex with Dr. Cross, and imply he took the valuable patient records. Angela drops the bodyguard like a hot potato. It takes Jenny
Jackson (Sondra Spriggs), apparently the only Night Eyes partner with her wits about her, to figure out Dr. Cross was being blackmailed by Sara and Roy over her past as a call girl and her involvement in fraud. Charles and Angela had conspired together to goad chump Steve into killing Roy. Wired
with a microphone and with the cops in waiting, Steve confronts his ex-lover and her malevolent accomplice, and gets their gloating on tape.
The NIGHT EYES sequels more or less remade the plot of the 1990 original, and despite the film noir veneer of electronic intrigue and betrayal, spring from the same source as all those outdated sex comedies about the raunchy escapades of window washers. Voyeuristic sex and shower scenes (with
Barbieri's nude body double prominently displayed) are this half-baked film's raison d'etre. Andrew Stevens gamely played Will Griffith in all four films, but the actor/producer conspicuously avoids most of this installment, remaining offscreen in a coma (that says a lot) and leaving the
paint-by-numbers lead role to the bland Trachta, whose lack of chemistry with Barbieri could well rewrite the periodic table. In the end, a recovering Will Griffith announces he's retiring from Night Eyes altogether, something smart viewers should have done long ago. (Violence, sexual situations,adult situations, extensive nudity.)
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- Released: 1995
- Rating: R
- Review: The direct-to-video erotic filler NIGHT EYES IV (subtitled in the ad campaign with ...FATAL PASSION) offers little besides Paula Barbieri, eminent O.J. Simpson girlfriend and witness in his murder trial, riding out her 15 minutes of fame in a headlined rol… (more)