Plot: Suzanne (Arianne Zucker) runs a popular style magazine, but her intense focus on her work has taken a toll on her personal life. Her relationship with her daughter Calista (Natalie Lander) is strained as she is rarely around, while her husband Robert (George Stults) feels distant and has a past of frequent infidelities. But she is driven to succeed, especially with the magazine’s anniversary around the corner and the need to make it a huge event. She is assigned a new assistant to ease her burden, an ambitious young man named David (Brando Eaton). He is organized, helpful, and always at the ready, whatever Suzanne wants, he is eager to provide. His level of enthusiasm is admirable, but draws some skeptical attention from his coworkers, especially when some online research shows some inconsistencies with his stories. But the girl who questions his past is soon attacked and hospitalized, so the attention on him dies down, though Suzanne still has some suspicions. When she sees her husband kissing another woman however, she drops her guard and has a one night stand with David, who then begins to show some obsessive behavior. Is David just taking a workplace crush too far or is there a darker side to his ambition?
Entertainment Value: A dark past, obsession, infidelity, teen rebellion, stalking one night stands, and of course, fashion magazines drive this Lifetime movie that seems to have all the ingredients a genre fan could ask. Killer Assistant does bring the stalker vibe heat and while not as outlandish or over the top as some Lifetime melodramas, it still provides a fun watch. Our creepy stalker is David, played by Brando Eaton with an ice cold, sociopathic performance. This works well, as we often get wild and unhinged villains in Lifetime movies, so a more controlled, calculating one is a nice switch. At the same time, for such an organized, well executed character, the writing fails to keep him consistent. He is meticulous, but has no backstory prepared and crumbles under the simplest of questions. That aside, he is an interesting character and in the finale, we go down into the melodrama rabbit hole for an off the rails finish that makes little sense, but feels just like Lifetime should. Arianne Zucker is fun as the ice queen bitch who is being given the gaslight treatment, though her husband is about as bland and forgettable as it gets. While not as wild as some Lifetime movies, this one provides ample creepiness and drama, as well as a brisk pace. So if you appreciate obsessed/stalker stories in your Lifetime movies, give this one a look.
No nakedness. But we do get a little risque love scene during the drunken one stand, as well as some general creepiness from David. A little more blood than expected, as David caves in a guy’s head with a tire iron, then a baseball bat beat down unfolds. Not super graphic by any means, but more violent than usual for Lifetime and there is some blood involved. The dialogue is passable, with the highlights being David’s creep value, the mother/daughter drama, and Suzanne just being a general bitch. There’s a small role of a troubled starlet that has some great lines as well, though again she has only a couple of scenes overall. Not a ton of memorable lines, but enough cattiness, bitchiness, and creepiness to push us through. In terms of craziness, aside from a light spike in violence, this one sticks true to the Lifetime movies formula. Which isn’t bad news, but I do wish it had dialed up the madness a little.
Overall Insanity: 1/10