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The Seduction (1982)

Dreams might not always come true, Morgan Fairchild (at least that’s what the title song suggests).  The Seduction, written and directed by David Schmoeller (Tourist Trap), has little to do with dreams, but it has a lot to do with obsession.  Thanks to Scream Factory, the film is now on blu-ray so that you too can obsess over its B-movie twists and turns.

"Somewhat forgettable but full of lots of tasty scenes of undress and flesh"


The Seduction was one of the first films to comment on the whole celebrity stalker phenomenon that was just around the corner in the years to come.  In this little movie, Morgan Fairchild, who has everything she wants and more as an anchorwoman, tells us that she enjoys being watched.  It is the first line of dialogue actually.  Very telling indeed because those words are going to haunt her.

But let’s pause for a second.  Fairchild NEEDED this movie to be more than it was.  Especially since her Flamingo Road ride was coming to an end.  So, yeah, there’s a lot of HER in the film.  She plays a popular anchorwoman, Jamie Douglas, in Los Angeles and, man, is she ever at the top of her career.  She is wanted everywhere by everyone – and is always on the air.

Except when she is skinny-dipping in her pool.  Recall that she said she enjoyed being watched?  Well, all eyes are on her while she swims – especially those of Derek (Andrew Stevens), who keeps his cameras targeted on all her pink parts.  He calls her at all hours and at her friend’s house.  He cares not that she’s seeing Brandon (Michael Sarrazin) and, when she heads to see her friend Robin (Colleen Camp) for a brief respite, Derek follows.

There simply is no escape for her from this stalker and his array of cameras.

Dismissed by critics and nominated for three Razzies, The Seduction is not a great thriller.  That being said, it does have its followers.  Or are they Morgan Fairchild’s followers?  The fact that it does comment on celebrity stalking is indeed interesting and, being released in the early 1980s, is a sort of innocent look at how it could be handled.  Because Derek just wants to repeatedly photograph Jamie over and over again.  Especially while she is screaming. The Seduction (1982)

The acting is wildly uneven and the script itself has its fair share of ridiculousness.  But when it goes creepy (the scene where Derek is waiting in her dressing room is a good example) during its running time (with great use of POV and suspenseful sequences), but it often follows those moments that work with typical made-for-television faire.  Interesting then that this film teases a soft core swagger.  It certainly isn’t . . . well . . . not for long.

Somewhat forgettable but full of lots of tasty scenes of undress and flesh, The Seduction is now available on blu-ray thanks to Scream Factory.

2/5 beers

The Seduction (1982)

Blu-ray

Blu-ray Details:

Home Video Distributor: Shout Factory
Available on Blu-ray
- May 21, 2019
Screen Formats: 2.35:1
Subtitles
: English
Audio:
English: DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0
Discs: Blu-ray Disc; single disc
Region Encoding: Locked to Region A

Scream Factory’s brand new scan of the film’s original elements looks damn crisp!  The detail here is damned impressive.  Colors are bold, bright, and shadows are thick with lines and deep blacks.  The night scenes – and there are a lot of them – are detailed and heavy with edges.  The gore is explicitly detailed with nice edges.  The colors are bold enough.  Saturation levels are on point and so too is the restored audio, appearing here in a DTS-HD master audio mono track.  Presented with a widescreen 2.35:1 aspect ratio, Superstitious has never looked as good as it does here.     

Supplements:

Commentary:

  • Audio Commentary With Producer Irwin Yablans, Bruce Cohn Curtis, And Writer/Director David Schmoeller

Special Features:

Fans of this flick are going to LOVE the attention that Shout Factory has paid to The Seduction.

  • NEW “Beauty And Strength” – An Interview With Actress Morgan Fairchild
  • NEW “The Seducer” – An Interview With Actor Andrew Stevens
  • NEW “Flashbacks” – An Interview With Producer Bruce Cohn Curtis
  • Audio Commentary With Producer Irwin Yablans, Bruce Cohn Curtis, And Writer/Director David Schmoeller
  • “Remembering The Seduction” Featurette Featuring Interviews With Bruce Cohn Curtis, Irwin Yablans, David Schmoeller, Actress Colleen Camp, Actor Kevin Brophy, And Associate Producer Tom Curtis
  • “Remembering The Locations And Production” Featurette With Bruce Cohn Curtis And Location Manager Charles Newirth
  • “Remembering The Seduction And The Law” Featurette
  • Original Theatrical Trailer & TV Spot
  • Still Gallery

Blu-ray Rating:

  Movie 2/5 stars
  Video  3/5 stars
  Audio 2/5 stars
  Extras 4/5 stars

Overall Blu-ray Experience

3/5 stars

The Seduction (1982)

MPAA Rating: R.
Runtime:
104 mins
Director
: David Schmoeller
Writer:
David Schmoeller
Cast:
Morgan Fairchild, Michael Sarrazin, Vince Edwards
Genre
: Thriller
Tagline:
Alone... Terrified... Trapped like an animal. Now she's fighting back with the only weapon she has... Herself!.
Memorable Movie Quote: "I like being looked at."
Theatrical Distributor:
Embassy Pictures
Official Site:
Release Date:
January 29, 1982
DVD/Blu-ray Release Date:
May 21, 2019
Synopsis: L.A. anchorwoman Jamie Douglas (the stunning Morgan Fairchild in her big screen debut) has it all: a glamorous career on a top-rated news show, a luxurious house in the hills, and a devoted young admirer named Derek (Andrew Stevens). But when Jamie rebuffs his romantic advances, Derek becomes an obsessed stalker who plays out an increasingly psychotic courtship with the frightened newswoman. Soon he is threatening every part of her life, secretly watching even her most intimate moments. Her tough-talking lover (Michael Sarrazin) can't console her. A by-the-book cop (Vince Edwards) can't protect her. But Jamie is far from helpless ... and ready to fight back with all the weapons at her command. When the smoke clears ... who will survive The Seduction?

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