Soap stars populate the cast of this FATAL ATTRACTION clone, which went the straight-to-video route in 1998. Eva (Schae Harrison) is an Internet temptress who approaches her victims by e-mail, and seduces them into meeting her. One of her conquests, a gentleman named Sly (George Alvarez), is put off by her after they have sex, and storms out of her life....read more
Soap stars populate the cast of this FATAL ATTRACTION clone, which went the straight-to-video route in 1998.
Eva (Schae Harrison) is an Internet temptress who approaches her victims by e-mail, and seduces them into meeting her. One of her conquests, a gentleman named Sly (George Alvarez), is put off by her after they have sex, and storms out of her life. When she begins working as a computer programmer
in an advertising agency, however, she begins flirting with another target: executive Michael Anderson (Jeff Trachta), who is trying to land a big account while caring for his pregnant wife Emily (Sandra Ferguson). After an argument with Emily, Michael heads to work. He is e-mailed by Eva, who
calls herself "Roxanne." She reveals her attraction to him, and they correspond, getting more and more intimate. In the meantime, Michael's co-worker Heather (Kristine Mejia) lands the account he has been pursuing, but when her car is mysteriously vandalized, she is unable to make her presentation
to the client, and Michael and his partner Archie (Peter Fogel) win the account. After receiving a watch from "Roxanne," Michael breaks off their steamy relationship, and he and Emily make up. This sends Eva into a frenzy. She hacks into Michael's computer, ruining his finances and deleting his
work files. As a result of her sabotage, he loses the account, and Emily discovers evidence of his online affair. Soon after, Eva breaks into their house and stabs Emily in the shoulder. After conducting some research, Heather and Archie discover that "Roxanne" is Eva. They call Michael to warn
him, but Eva taps into the call and kills the pair, pinning the blame on Michael. He is arrested and calls home, only to discover that Eva is now posing as a friend of Emily's. Michael convinces a policeman, Detective Taylor (Howard Mungo), to send a unit to the house, where they discover that
Emily is about to give birth. In the delivery room, Eva tries to harm Emily by changing information on her chart. After Taylor tells Michael of Emily's situation, Michael breaks out of police custody. He saves Emily, and battles Eva. Taylor sees Eva about to kill Michael and trains his gun on her,
but she stabs herself to death first.
More than a decade after FATAL ATTRACTION (1987) first surprised audiences, the world of low-budget film continues to crank out imitation after imitation of that influential (and rather elementary) thriller. The only innovation here is the use of e-mail for terror (and lovemaking) purposes.
Daytime soap stars Jeff Trachta, Schae Harrison, Sandra Ferguson, George Alvarez, and Maitland Ward (all cast members of "The Bold and the Beautiful") do their best to lend some liveliness to the film's melodramatic tangles, giving credible performances under the circumstances. What they are not
able to enliven are the sex scenes, which come across like, naturally enough, torrid scenes from a daytime soap. Director Rick Jacobson, a veteran of several straight-to-video movies, struggles mightily to draw suspense out of the predictable scenario, and is successful in the final third, during
which Michael and Eva engage in a furious fight that qualifies as the film's highlight. Their weapons of choice? Syringes, alcohol, scalpels, and electrodes(!).
Though not quite on the level of the straight-to-video "classic" BODY CHEMISTRY (1990), this is a serviceable variant on the "mistress from hell" thriller subgenre. (Violence, sexual situations, nudity, profanity.)
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