Marketed on the appeal of aging bombshell Barbara Carrera, TRYST is a soft-focus sex thriller with just enough jagged edges to keep viewers alert.
Beautiful Julia Germaine (Carrera) is the captive wife of sadistic millionaire Jason Germaine (David Warner), whose bountiful estate they inhabit along with lifelong caretaker Maggie Tyler (Louise Fletcher). Maggie's son, Todd Barker (Johnny LaSpada), who was given up for adoption 20 years ago,
arrives with whiskey-throated girlfriend Mindy (Jamie Luner). As Todd bonds with Maggie, Mindy attracts the attention of nut-job desk clerk Danny (Mick Murray), who watches her through a peephole. When Todd moves into the mansion, Mindy accepts Jason's offer of a spare room with "no strings
attached." Then a late-night intruder shoots Jason, which sends him to the hospital and paves the way for Todd and Julia's burgeoning relationship.
A pair of detectives arrives, and we learn that the younger cop, Parkinson (Steve Bond), is Julia's secret lover, and that the pair cooked up the break-in together. When suspicion points to one of Parkinson's sleazeball biker friends, the cop shoots him. Meanwhile, Todd wisely demurs when Julia
suggests murdering her husband for his money. Jason returns home, and we learn that Todd is actually his son. Distrustful of everyone by now, Jason calls his lawyer to change his will, but is smothered in his sleep before he can take any action. Parkinson arrives to arrest Todd for the murder, but
Todd escapes. Then the estate's executor informs Julia that Jason had wanted to name her, and not his long-lost son, as his beneficiary. Julia pins down Todd at gunpoint, only to be stabbed by Maggie, who reveals that she was raped by Jason. The millionaire paid for her silence by leaving his
fortune to her son.
Written and directed by schlock filmmaker Peter Foldy, this direct-to-video thriller forces its characters into arbitrary and often contradictory roles at the story's convenience. Julia begins as a textbook victim, only to become an evil enchantress; while Mindy, who initially seems to be a
covetous harpy, emerges as the most sympathetic character. But if the plot is never logical, its twists are occasionally amusing. Perhaps to its credit, TRYST includes a graphically brutal rape scene with enough visceral impact to spoil the fun of unreflective exploitation fans. (Violence, nudity,sexual situations, adult situations, profanity.)
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- Released: 1994
- Rating: R
- Review: Marketed on the appeal of aging bombshell Barbara Carrera, TRYST is a soft-focus sex thriller with just enough jagged edges to keep viewers alert. Beautiful Julia Germaine (Carrera) is the captive wife of sadistic millionaire Jason Germaine (David Warne… (more)