Offering its own idiosyncratic brand of protection services, the Beverly Hills-based Night Eyes Security company is back in business in this routine third entry in the popular video series.
Divorced Will Griffith (Andrew Stevens), whose 10-year-old daughter, Natalie (Allison Mack), is spending the summer with him, is hired by Edgar Kaplan (Richard Portnow). Kaplan produces the hit TV cop show "Sweet Justice," and wants Will to beef up the security of his star Zoe Clairmont's
(Shannon Tweed) lavish Beverly Hills digs. She has been harassed and nearly raped by her ex-boyfriend Dan Everett (Todd Curtis), a burly retired football player. Will, whose business is under siege by chief competitor Thomas Cassidy (Dan McVicar), begins staying overnight at Zoe's to protect her,
and the pair eventually fall in love.
Cassidy's henchman and business partner Jim Stanton (Tristan Rogers) videotapes Will and Zoe making love, and Cassidy shows the tape to Edgar, hoping to get Will fired. Zoe's jealous co-star Dana Gray (Tracy Tweed), who's been sleeping with Edgar, sneaks a copy off to the sleazy "Hollywood
Insider" TV show, and the network forces Edgar to fire Zoe. Dan, who's also watched this popular tape, tries to assault Zoe again and is killed by Will. Despite the ensuing scandal, Will's clients--except for Edgar--stand by him, so Cassidy and Stanton shoot Will's housekeeper (Marianna
Muellereile) and kidnap Natalie. At the night-time trade-off rendezvous, Stanton kills Cassidy with Will's gun and, after a fight, is shot by Zoe before he can kill Will.
The law of diminishing returns has clearly set in for the NIGHT EYES series of erotic thrillers. The screenplay, by star and director Stevens (who has had either producing or story input in all of them) and Michael W. Potts, replays the same exact story of the first two films, including Will's
dumb error of forgetting about his own security cameras, which videotape his sexual bouts with his client and provide fuel for the bad guys' plotting.
The addition of Will's beaming young daughter--who stands in for the cute but lethally dumb dog of the first two pictures--to the story signals the softening of this series, and there's no serious nudity, sex, or violence in the first 50 minutes of the movie. This strategy seems unlikely to gain
the films a wider audience, and will disappoint sex and violence fans. The film's several scenes from Zoe's TV show seem intended by Stevens as parody, but the rest of his movie isn't quite good enough to get away with it. (Violence, extensive nudity, sexual situations.)
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- Released: 1993
- Rating: R
- Review: Offering its own idiosyncratic brand of protection services, the Beverly Hills-based Night Eyes Security company is back in business in this routine third entry in the popular video series. Divorced Will Griffith (Andrew Stevens), whose 10-year-old daug… (more)