Primal Instinct

  • 2002
  • Movie
  • R
  • Crime, Erotic, Thriller

A shoddy thrill-kill chiller that's so busy salivating over its kinky scenes it barely remembers that there's a crime to solve. Parole Officer Cinda (Celia Xavier) refuses to believe that her late sister, Vanessa (Celia Xavier), was an Internet porn queen and a sex-club mistress extraordinaire. To verify Vanessa's reputation as a "hostess with the mostess,"...read more

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A shoddy thrill-kill chiller that's so busy salivating over its kinky scenes it barely remembers that there's a crime to solve. Parole Officer Cinda (Celia Xavier) refuses to believe that her late sister, Vanessa (Celia Xavier), was an Internet porn queen and a sex-club mistress extraordinaire. To verify Vanessa's reputation as a "hostess with the mostess," goody two-shoes Cinda decides to go undercover as a dominatrix at the notorious Castle Club. While detective Clay (Jack Knight) and FBI agent Sato (Stan Abe) waste their time on a jurisdictional turf war, drab Cinda dons her sister's spiked heels and demonstrates that oomph runs in her family. Then a miscreant unleashes a snuff movie of Vanessa into cyberspace, and Cinda decides it's time to cooperate with Sato's supervisor, Russell (Michael Madsen). Although Cinda's Vanessa masquerade fools no one, Vanessa's number one fan is taken with the resemblance and begins stalking her. Then, Cinda learns that her ex-husband Elliott (Edgar Allan Poe IV) was bankrolling Vanessa's porn career. Though Cindra plumbs the depths of her sister's depravity, she gets no closer to finding her killer. But Russell's investigation reveals that Elliott and Vanessa conspired to fake her death. As the Feds sniff around the world of mistresses and slaves, Elliott becomes the next victim. Who turned Vanessa's publicity stunt into a final reality and then kept on killing? Barely able to generate either titillation or suspense, this sexploitation effort gives bondage and domination a bad name: The erotica is perfunctory, the detective work rudimentary and the result primally forgettable.

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  • Released: 2002
  • Rating: R
  • Review: A shoddy thrill-kill chiller that's so busy salivating over its kinky scenes it barely remembers that there's a crime to solve. Parole Officer Cinda (Celia Xavier) refuses to believe that her late sister, Vanessa (Celia Xavier), was an Internet porn queen… (more)

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