Director: Marty Pristone & Dale Trevillion (Play Time) Writer: Emilio Ferrari Starring: Angie Everhart, James Wilder Since her (long past) days of life as a teenager, Angie Everhart has had a steady career in modeling. Somewhere along the way, though, she came to the conclusion that she had the necessary assets to become an […]
Director: Marty Pristone & Dale Trevillion (Play Time)
Writer: Emilio Ferrari
Starring: Angie Everhart, James Wilder
Since her (long past) days of life as a teenager, Angie Everhart has had a steady career in modeling. Somewhere along the way, though, she came to the conclusion that she had the necessary assets to become an actress. Her career in low budget, limited theatrical releases was brief and unspectacular. Once Bordello of Blood bombed, which was a huge embarrassment for everyone involved, Everhart took a much traveled road. Just like any “never was” actress, she soon found her way into a career of acting in direct-to-video works of art. These include playing the “mean, but at the same time, with the heart of a true woman,” character in both Point Doom (aside a cast of Richard Grieco, Ice-T, Andrew Dice Clay, and Sebastian Bach of Skid Row “fame”) and Executive Decision, a work of art that sees the president kidnapped by Michael Madsen. She tried to play a serious role in The Substitute 4: Failure is Not an Option, alongside Treat Williams, but made a complete fool of herself. But the thing about all those films is that they had relatively high budgets. Her latest offering, Heart of Stone, is yet another psychological, erotic, and whatever the hell else you want to throw at the wall, thriller that fails to impress. At the same time, thanks to a low budget that doesn’t cause you to expect much, doesn’t disappoint.
From the very beginning, the film deals out a typical plot; a serial killer is living up to his moniker by murdering college girls all across the L.A. area. At the same time, Mary Sanders (Everhart) is dealing with two problems. For one, her daughter is moving away to college. Okay, so it’s a ten minute drive away, but it’s still a big deal to her. Secondly, her husband is constantly going away on long business trips. Whenever he returns long enough to stay the night, he just isn’t into the idea of getting her rocks off. Her emotional instability leads her to a steamy night with a sneaky, manipulative hunk by the name of Steve (the sleazy James Wilder, who plays the part perfectly). When she realizes her mistake, and attempts to break it off, he snaps. Since Mary realizes that this could end her marriage, she keeps it from her husband… Even when she’s raped in the shower by Wilder when her husband is downstairs having a coffee.
And hey, what do you know? It turns out that Steve might be the killer. And once he realizes that Mary is out for vengeance, those close to her begin to feel his wrath. And so does a forty year old hooker, which doesn’t exactly go along with the plot, but who’s counting? What follows is much of the usual, with an ending obviously inspired by the Scream films. Plus, there are cops who manage to travel from Santa Barbara to L.A. in about ten minutes, and manage to be in the right place, at the right time, not once, but TWICE.
DVD: Pretty much barebones, with the usual cast biographies, Spanish subtitles, trailers, and scene selections.