Using every cliche in the erotic-thriller book, THE LITTLE DEATH is almost instantly forgettable, despite a cast and a production design that are slightly above average.
Nick Hannon (Brent Fraser), a struggling young musician, takes a job with his domineering, wealthy father, Ted (J.T. Walsh). Ted is married to Kelly (Pamela Gidley), a much younger woman who is being stalked by an apparent psychopath named Bobby (Dwight Yoakam). Since Bobby persists even after
several unpleasant encounters, Ted goes to Bobby's apartment in a rage, where Bobby calmly shoots him.
Kelly begins an affair with Nick shortly after Ted's death, while Bobby continues to pursue her. During his trial, Bobby claims self-defense and is found not guilty. We learn that Kelly planned the whole thing with Bobby to get Ted's money. Kelly then turns on Bobby and kills him after setting it
up to look as if he raped her. Nick begins to suspect and finds evidence linking Kelly and Bobby. He confronts her and she kills herself rather than face prison.
THE LITTLE DEATH has a very polished, professional look to it. Also, Walsh, Fraser--brother of actor Brendan Fraser--and country-music star Yoakam all have screen presence. But the positive points end there. The lion's share of screen time is given to Gidley, who overacts throughout and is not
nearly as attractive as she thinks she is. An actress would need a lot more talent to pull off the unbelievable part of Kelly.
The film is also weighed down by occasionally cheesy editing, which reaches its nadir in some very obvious body-double shots during the sex scenes. The script is the biggest problem, though. The audience is expected to believe, for example, that Bobby could legitimately claim self-defense after
shooting an unarmed man from across the room with a sawed-off shotgun. Of course, any other outcome to the trial would have detracted from the utter predictability that plagues this entire movie. (Violence, profanity, nudity, sexual situations)
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- Released: 1996
- Rating: NR
- Review: Using every cliche in the erotic-thriller book, THE LITTLE DEATH is almost instantly forgettable, despite a cast and a production design that are slightly above average. Nick Hannon (Brent Fraser), a struggling young musician, takes a job with his dominee… (more)