Unlike TWISTED, the idiosyncratic 1998 Australian anthology it imitates, this American made-for-cable entry feels like a tired rehash. It has the air of a pilot for an HBO suspense series in which an agoraphobic host gives viewers scary reasons why they should stay safely locked indoors. In "The People You Meet," yuppie couple Amy (Jennifer Rubin) and Joe (Carl Marotte) accept a ride from weird Good Samaritan Darien (Christopher Heyerdahl) after their car is forced off a country road. Unfortunately, Darien and the hit-and-run driver, Bernard (Keith Thome), are in cahoots. The duo kidnap the terrified couple and take them to a cabin, where they savagely beat Joe and molest Amy. But there's more to this sordid situation than meets the eye. Tale two, "The Clinic," begins with high-powered salesman Daniel Rossetti (Nick Mancuso) preparing to leave a one-horse town. His car runs out of gas, and the watchdog at a remote service station chases him into an eerie-looking clinic. While waiting for the results of his rabies test, Daniel goes snooping and discovers that the Sacred Heart Psychiatric Clinic is under new management. Finally, in "Stolen Moments," Cindy (Francoise Robertson) tires of pining for Mr. Right and responds to the brazen attentions of a stranger, Barry (Andrew Jackson), at a pick-up bar. During their passionate tryst, Barry persuades love-struck Cindy to share her favors with his partner, Richard (Jack Langedijk). But the two playboys don't realize that Cindy is not their usual patsy. This trio of cautionary fables offers some genuine twists, but very little real terror. The first episode is gratuitously sadistic, and the story's payoff is clumsily set up. The second yarn delivers some nasty jolts and plays deftly on big-city fears of what goes on in the back woods. The film saves the best for last with "Stolen Moments," which offers an intriguing denouement and generates unsettling suspense along the way.
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- Released: 1996
- Rating: R
- Review: Unlike TWISTED, the idiosyncratic 1998 Australian anthology it imitates, this American made-for-cable entry feels like a tired rehash. It has the air of a pilot for an HBO suspense series in which an agoraphobic host gives viewers scary reasons why they sh… (more)