Plot: Dr. Tom Redding (Marc Singer) is a researcher in an unusual field, as he and his colleagues explore the science involved in sexual encounters. This field involves exposing subjects to various images, videos, and thoughts, to gauge response and collect the results. Redding’s career is going well, with the research firm doing good business and at home, he has a beautiful wife that loves him. He seems to be a stable guy with a good life, but he is challenged when a new account is picked up and he meets Dr. Claire Archer (Lisa Pescia). The two begin an intense, passionate affair, but when Redding tries to end it, Archer isn’t willing to let go that easily…
Entertainment Value: This looks like a typical 90s erotic thriller, but Body Chemistry has a darker, more intense approach. The basic narrative is familiar, with an affair that turns sour, but it is the dynamic between Redding and Archer that drives the movie, so it never feels like a retread. The obsessed, jilted lover angle begins to take hold at a certain point, but there’s also this deep, dark fantasy element between the two, which manifests in some interesting ways. Archer is a strong woman who goes after what she wants, traits that draw Redding in, as she is able to give him a sexual experience much different than his marital bed. This leads to some interesting power dynamics within their sexual encounters and eventually, Redding is in too deep and wants to return to the safety and comfort of his wife. If nothing else, the dynamic is a jolt of fresh blood in the genre and helps the movie stand out in a crowded field. The tone is dark and serious, so those after wild, outlandish elements might be a little let down, but there’s still some b movie appeal at times. I’d say this is an easy recommendation to anyone interest in 90s erotic thrillers or the work of Marc Singer and Lisa Pescia.
This is an erotic thriller, so we have fairly frequent naked flesh and while the sex isn’t graphic, we have some fun moments. A number of topless women, bare asses, and ever so brief full frontal can be seen, while there’s also some naked man ass at times. The sex scenes are a nice variety and the most memorable involves a dynamic shift, which finds Archer taking control in a shower liaison. The movie has some bursts of violence, but no real bloodshed to speak of. The violence is either off screen or framed so that we don’t see the bloodshed. The dialogue has a lot of innuendos, sexual science lingo, obsessive banter, and while this isn’t all that quotable or outlandish, I think the writing here is solid and has some bright spots. Pescia is a fantastic villain and she elevates a lot of middling lines into stalker greatness, for example. As for craziness, the interesting kink dynamic adds a little craziness and as I said, Pescia is a fun creeper, but otherwise, this stays within typical erotic thriller conventions.
Overall Insanity: 3/10