Too shy for a dating service, a top-flight genetic scientist develops her own breed of dream man by injecting one of her dying subjects with a cat virus. Yes, that's the outre premise of this bizarre chiller in which a mousey biologist engineers her own personal stud, who's attentive,
sexually insatiable, and inordinately fond of killing people.
While her mutant lover Tom (Richard Grieco) is performing at a dance recital, gene specialist Dr. Jacki (Maryam D'Abo) learns that her officious associate, Dr. Pate (Serge Houde), has stumbled upon her secret experimentation. To stabilize Tom's debilitating palsy, Jacki has been injecting him
with a feline virus. Unfortunately, the cure is worse than the disease. Possessed of superhuman powers and understandably loath to curtail his tomcatting, Tom crushes Dr. Pate's skull when the unwary medic tries to fix a flat tire. Jealous of Tom's infatuation with his dance partner Imogen
(Natalie Radford), Jacki tries to end her cross-breeding madness at Tom's favorite sex club. Tom survives her attempted suicide pact; Jacki does not. Sleeping around, but especially eager to bed luscious Imogen, Tom is nearly thwarted by Imogen's estranged boyfriend Dale (Sean Orr), a doctor who
steals a videotape of Jacki's experiment. When not driving Imogen wild with animal passion, Tom finds time to kill Dale with a broken bottle. After Tom shows her the cassette of his operation, Imogen freaks out. After she sees Dale's corpse, she fears Tom is going to snuff her out next. At a
sawmill, Tom pretends to give Imogen a fair shot at getting away, but uses his speed and agility to track her. Later, when their car careens into the river, Tom's crippling palsy returns. Imogen manages to escape a watery grave, but she has forgotten that a cat has nine lives. When Tom
miraculously shows up, she cannot fight her feelings for him. Overcome by intense sexual desire, Tom and Imogen decide they are made for each other.
Preposterous in conception and patchy in execution, TOMCAT: DANGEROUS DESIRES runs the genre gamut, from ludicrous science-fiction to steamy sex drama to conventional crazed killer schlock.
Sleek and sinuous, Grieco fills the lady-killing bill visually as the ladykiller, but his smug self interest--while suited to this purring maniac character--registers as coldly unappealing. His affected attempts to breathe tongue-in-cheek life into the script register as smug and amateurish. Too
often, TOMCAT abandons tension by sinking its claws into a series of sex scenes, and these couplings seem to be the movie's real raison d'etre. Combining the heavy-breathing with arch one-liners does nothing to help a film so desperately in need of sophisticated polish. Rather than make us shudder
by building up the way Tom stalks and kills his prey, the movie drifts through the suspense scenes on its way to the boudoir. Only in the run-for-your-life finale in the sawmill does TOMCAT deliver a skillfully directed set-piece of terror. TOMCAT might have been able to amuse and frighten, but
the creative team took one look at the script and decided to focus on the sexual elements. This impurrfect sexercise reveals that they have tackled their unambitious task carelessly. (Extreme profanity, extensive nudity, extensive violence, sexual situations.)
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- Released: 1993
- Rating: R
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