“It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds."
Friday, November 4, 2016
In the Cold of the Night (1990)
How bad is it? Typical Cinemax erotic thriller. Not good, not terrible.
Should you see it? Nah.
This has received very mixed reviews, probably liked by those who like anything slickly filmed and with nudity, probably panned by anyone who notes the cast includes Shannon Tweed, Marc Singer, David Soul and a slumming Tippi Hedren. A man has nightmares that he's killing a woman and then he meets the woman and they have an affair. The story then seems to involve messages sent into one's teeth by a DVD that control behavior. At the end, it becomes a sort of action film. It's stylish - if florescent lights in a waterbed and consensual asphyxiation are your thing - but the lead actor is uncharismatic, the plot is convoluted and silly and the dialogue is occasionally cringeworthy.