Plot: Charlotte (Mindi Miller) is a married woman, but her husband Stewart (Jan-Michael Vincent) is consumed by his work and rarely around. As she’s lonely and in need of some relief, she peeps on her handyman Chris (Ken Abraham) while is in on the job. After all, if she can’t get some attention from her husband, perhaps Chris might be willing to put in some overtime. Meanwhile, Stewart plots how to leave his wife for another woman but not give up half his cash. As time passes, Charlotte moves from spying on Chris to making a move, which begins a passionate love affair. But while Chris is balls deep in Charlotte, he also has a girlfriend, actress Michelle (Linnea Quigley). He wants to be faithful, but an alluring topless woman (Michelle Bauer) appears in his dreams to push him into a fiery tryst with his boss. With all this passion, cheating, and plotting, how will this all turn out and how big of a mess will be involved?
Entertainment Value: An erotic thriller with scream queens, Jan-Michael Vincent, and a bananas narrative, directed by David DeCoteau? Yes, please. Deadly Embrace is like a Cinemax late night movie on steroids, driven by copious nudity, hot bodies in heat, and drama filled twists and turns. The story revolves around a group of people who cheat, lie, and deceive, but have a lot of passionate sex. Imagine a soap opera style plot, with tons of sex and betrayal, but ramped up to motion picture levels. That is Deadly Embrace in a nutshell and it is a lot of fun. The cast was well chosen and brings a lot to the material, with Mindi Miller as the standout. She puts on a blend of unbridled lust and barely contained psychosis, always on the brink of implosion. Her interactions once Chris’ girlfriend arrives are just classic, great stuff. Then we have Linnea Quigley and Michelle Bauer who are fun as always, Ken Abraham as the awkward hunk, and Jan-Michael Vincent, who chews the scenes like he was starving. This is a great collection of actors who played their roles just right, adding to the sultry, soap opera style drama. If you’re a fan of erotic thrillers, melodramatic love clashes, or just can’t get enough scream queens, Deadly Embrace is well recommended.
This is an erotic thriller, so of course it has ample naked flesh on showcase. A parade of breasts and bare asses, with numerous topless scenes, shower scenes, and sex scenes to devour with your eyeballs. The sex scenes aren’t graphic, but do feature more skin and angles than most, I think. While the movie has a bounty of breasts and asses, there’s only one quick full frontal scene. As he is known to do, director David DeCoteau has squeezed in a lingering shower scene with male flesh, including a slow motion pan down to really show off the man ass. No blood. The dialogue here is a lot of fun, with melodrama, overly serious revelations, and a general soap opera level of thespianism. I love dysfunction and drama, so I had a blast with this one. Vincent has some great “typical rich guy” lines, but there’s some good stuff spread out for everyone. On the craziness scale, the general atmosphere and amplified melodrama make this one always feel imbalanced. So it is grounded in some sense, as it follows the usual soap opera/erotic thriller tropes, but do so with great enthusiasm, which makes it a lot more fun.
Overall Insanity: 4/10