The Cool Surface Release Date: 1994 Genre: Thriller Director(s): Eric Anjou Writer(s): Eric Anjou (976-EVIL 2: The Astral Factor, Road to Ruin) Starring: Robert Patrick, Teri Hatcher, Cyril O’Reilly. Matt McCoy What can you expect from the person who wrote 976 EVIL 2? Trash. And that’s exactly what I got with the man’s directorial debut. […]

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The Cool Surface
Release Date: 1994
Genre: Thriller
Director(s): Eric Anjou
Writer(s): Eric Anjou (976-EVIL 2: The Astral Factor, Road to Ruin)
Starring: Robert Patrick, Teri Hatcher, Cyril O’Reilly. Matt McCoy

What can you expect from the person who wrote 976 EVIL 2?

Trash. And that’s exactly what I got with the man’s directorial debut. In a move surprising to no one, Erik Anjou hasn’t done much of anything since.

Jarvis Scott (Patrick) is a first-time writer who holed himself up in the woods for four years to write a novel after his wife committed suicide. Coming back with beliefs that his work is publishable, he’s distraught when his friend Chazz (McCoy) tells him that while well written, it is not enjoyable. Back to his house Jarvis goes, trying to polish up the book while continually hearing the sounds of a wife (Hatcher) and her abusive husband (O’Reilly) next door. After reaching his brink of anger and decking the husband one night, he’s told the truth about their relationship. They are actually actors practicing their roles in a play. They’re not even married.

Jarvis and Hatcher’s Dani Payson eventually start to get it on hot and heavy. At the same time, Jarvis has reinvigorated his novel, completing a whole new one with the plot lifted from the incidents with the neighbors. When the book becomes a success, Dani is actually chosen to play the part.

Here’s where the film falls off the map of reality. Inexplicably, Jarvis becomes enraged. He’s so offended that Dani would take the role that he becomes depressed, drinks a lot, and actually winds up striking her. Why he’s so angry is never even hinted at. Then there are points where characters start to become jealous of one another for no reason at all. The whole movie stops making sense halfway in, and when you consider that the first half was a typical erotic thriller, this kills it dead in the water.

Originally released by Columbia Tristar in 1993, Ardustry Home Entertainment likely decided to license it from the producers because of the success of “Desperate Housewives.”

DVD: Barebones.

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