Watch Now: THE LAST SEDUCTION
Initially conceived as a low-budget erotic thriller, John Dahl’s 1994 neo-noir film The Last Seduction turned out to be a far greater hit than anticipated, ending up on several “best of” lists from some of the most respected film critics such as Janet Maslin and Roger Ebert. Screenwriter Steve Barancik’s first script ever produced, The Last Seduction is a dark, vicious and often quite humorous story about a cunning, manipulative woman willing to do whatever it takes to accomplish her selfish goals, with the line drawn not even on cold-blooded murder. The femme fatale in question is played perfectly by Linda Fiorentino, and as we watch her studious knitting of a deadly web around the men who surround her, we’re engulfed in her dark, sociopathic world where there’s no room for morality and the only code strictly abided is her constant need for acquiring and preserving her fortune and independence.
“There is a kind of deliciousness to the great movie villains,” Ebert wrote about the film after its release. “By setting out to do evil, they tempt our own darker natures. By getting away with it, they alarm us: is there nothing safe or sacred?” The answer in this case is a resounding no. Nothing is sacred to the protagonist of The Last Seduction.