Blu-ray Review: THE SEDUCTION

THE SEDUCTION was written and directed by David Schmoeller and stars Morgan Fairchild, Andrew Stevens, Michael Sarrazin, Vince Edwards, Colleen Camp and Kevin Brophy.

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?

This 1982 steamy stalker thriller follows Jamie Douglas, a beautiful news reporter/anchor who catches the eye of Derek, a psychopathic photographer who ends up getting an unhealthy crush on Jamie. Derek starts calling Jamie which gives her the creeps and he follows up the calls by introducing himself to her which doesn’t set well with Jamie at all. After this he starts showing up at certain places where Jamie is and it just makes things worse for her because she rejects him and he doesn’t handle it very well.

Jamie’s boyfriend Brandon ends up getting involved and he recruits the help of his friend Maxwell who works for the police department but even this isn’t enough to slow down Derek’s creepy advances towards Jamie. What happens is, Derek takes his eerie obssession way too far to be with Jamie and this is what pushes her over the edge and allows the young woman to finally stand up to her stalker. Jamie turns it all around on Derek and decides to play the game that ultimately reveals him for what he really is, an impotent weirdo who finally gets what he deserves in the end.

The front of the packaging features the artwork you see at the top of the page and the back includes movie details, some images and list of special features. The reverse sleeve features an image from the movie. The Blu-ray disc features some artwork that matches the front cover. Inserting the disc, the menu screen was simple and easy to navigate. The picture and sound quality for this high-definition release were crisp and clear. I didn’t have any issues with the video and audio.

Bottom line is, The Seduction ended up being another first time watch for me and it’s a movie that falls more in the erotic thriller category than anything else. This was Morgan Fairchild’s first big screen role and even though the movie is a mediocre watch at best, the beautiful starlet shines in it as she gives it her all, in more ways than one. Another plus in The Seduction is Andrew Stevens as this obssessed stalker because his character really is down right creepy. Stevens was also no stranger to erotic thrillers even though he doesn’t get to play much in this one. The downside is that the plot is about as generic as it gets because there’s dozens of psycho thrillers out there that are very similar to this one. The movie also hasn’t aged well over the years and looks very dated. With that said, Scream Factory did a really good job with this release and even added some impressive extras to go with it. The Seduction will be available on Blu-ray on May 21st.

Distributor: Scream Factory

Run Time: 104 Minutes

Rated: R

Blu-ray Video: 1080p High-Definition Widescreen (2.35:1)

Blu-ray Audio: English DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0 Mono

Subtitles: English

Special Features: The extras include three new interviews, some audio commentary, three making of featurettes, theatrical trailer, TV spot and a still gallery.

  • NEW “Beauty and Strength” Interview with Actress Morgan Fairchild (22:16)
  • NEW “The Seducer” Interview with Actor Andrew Stevens (11:10)
  • NEW “Flashbacks” – Interview with Producer Bruce Cohn Curtis (22:20)
  • 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 (10:47)
  • “Remembering the Locations and Production” featurette with Bruce Cohn Curtis and Location Manager Charles Newirth (11:11)
  • “Remembering The Seduction and The Law” featurette (07:52)
  • Theatrical Trailer (01:55)
  • TV Spot (00:31)
  • Still Gallery (01:53)
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