Cover Me Release Date: 1996 Genre: Action | Thriller Director(s): Michael Schroeder (Cyborg 2, Relentless II: Dead On) Writer(s): Steve Johnson Starring: Courtney Taylor, Paul Sorvino, Stephen Nichols, Elliot Gould, Corbin Bersen “You know departmental policy. Officers cannot appear nude in public.” – One of the many tremendous bits of dialogue included in Cover Me. […]

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Cover Me
Release Date: 1996
Genre: Action | Thriller
Director(s): Michael Schroeder (Cyborg 2, Relentless II: Dead On)
Writer(s): Steve Johnson
Starring: Courtney Taylor, Paul Sorvino, Stephen Nichols, Elliot Gould, Corbin Bersen

“You know departmental policy. Officers cannot appear nude in public.”
– One of the many tremendous bits of dialogue included in Cover Me.

“What’s direct-to-video?” is a question that I’m asked far too frequently. Young and old, stupid and smart, large breasted and bug bit, man and woman, there are all sorts of people who have never even heard of this wonderful little industry that I’ve dedicated my life to writing and learning about. My stock answer is usually the typical, “The films you see in the video store that you’ve never heard of and probably have no interest in seeing.” Another answer that I could give in the future is as followed.

Direct-to-video is a term used to describe a genre of sorts in which there are many movies about hot female police officers who go undercover as strippers, nude models, and/or prostitutes to apprehend evildoers.

Ohhh hell yeah. Nothing else is really needed when you’ve got the description of movies like Cover Me to detail.

Directed by the wonderful man who has previously brought us the two Cyborg sequels, Rentless II, and Mortuary Academy, and produced by Playboy of all companies, Cover Me is a picture perfect exploitation flick.

Police officer Holly Jacobson (Taylor) was recently forced to shoot a suspect. This would normally not be a big deal, but as it turns out, a white woman shooting a black man in the mid-90s can cause some problems. She gets thrown of the force as a result. Her boyfriend, Sgt. Bobby Colter, is now investigating a serial killer that’s knocking off models who appear on the cover of a spank magazine owned by Andre Solloway (Bernsen in a throwaway role). Since Holly isn’t technically a cop anymore, he hatches an idea to lure in the killer. He convinces her to pose nude for Solloway’s magazine, hoping that the killer will then begin to stalk her. Before the stalking occurs, and trust me it does, Holly suddenly starts to love the lifestyle, eventually working at an upscale strip club. Bobby begins to get jealous (and horny), our transvestite killer (Nichols) becomes obsessed (and hrony), and holy God does Courtney Taylor get nude (and horny) a lot.

Playboy doesn’t fool around. If they’re going to make a movie, they’re going to make it like their magazine. Not only is the nudity plentiful and artsy, but just like how they put out big bucks for established writers, they place name actors in many of the supporting roles. Paul Sorvino, Elliot Gould, and Corbin Bernsen cash paychecks for this one. Chances are their agents got more than their usual rate out of Playboy as well.

The movie itself offers nothing new, but since we’re dealing with an “undercover as a sex worker” flick, being innovative means absolutely nothing.

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