Though stylish compared to other straight-to-video erotic thrillers, THE FIANCE registers as yet another retread of FATAL ATTRACTION (1987) with very few new twists.
LA resident Faith Moore (Lysette Anthony) believes her husband Richard (Patrick Cassidy) is having an affair. She confides in Walter (William R. Moses), a patron of her antiques shop. They have sex, which Faith instantly regrets, especially after she discovers that Richard is not cheating.
However, Walter can't take no for an answer. He begins stalking her, first with phone calls and hidden surveillance, and later, by bugging Faith and Richard's house. He also resorts to murder, killing a nosey neighbor and knifing Faith's mouthy shop partner, Willa (Wanda Acuna).
Walter then moves into a house across the street from the Moores and befriends Richard. Fearing for her life, Faith confesses her infidelity to Richard, who storms out and punches Walter. Later, Walter rigs their electrical box, and Richard is nearly killed. Faith breaks into Walter's house and
views a videotape of his ex-fiancee, Veronica (Alina Thompson), which ends with Veronica's suicide. Walter appears suddenly and takes Faith at gunpoint to a house miles from civilization. Grabbing a knife and threatening to kill herself, Faith manages to stab Walter fatally in the heart, ending
Despite strong, believable performances from the cast, this slow-moving thriller fails to inject much life into the tired premise of a one-night stand that turns "fatal." The direction by Martin Kitrosser (DADDY'S LITTLE GIRL) is capable, but rarely shows much flair or originality. Kitrosser
smartly keeps the sexual daliances to a discreet minimum, however, avoiding the temptation to veer into standard erotic thriller territory.
The film's three leads are its best (and only) asset. Lysette Anthony, who served as Associate Producer on this film and has established a good reputation in similar fare, gives a first-rate turn as Faith. She plays the character with an edge of guilt that engenders audience identification. Moses
is also excellent, giving the proper edge of menace to his cardboard psycho character. Supporting roles are minimal, but Patrick Cassidy is serviceable as the husband caught in between. (Violence, profanity.)
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- Released: 1997
- Rating: R
- Review: Though stylish compared to other straight-to-video erotic thrillers, THE FIANCE registers as yet another retread of FATAL ATTRACTION (1987) with very few new twists. LA resident Faith Moore (Lysette Anthony) believes her husband Richard (Patrick Cassidy)… (more)