Posted on Wednesday, June 15th, 2016 by Fred Topel
I never saw the 1996 Tori Spelling TV movie but I get the gist: perfect guy turns out to be too good to be true, a male twist on Hand That Rocks the Cradle/Single White Female. Remake or not, James Franco writing and producing a Lifetime movie is a must-see part of his art oeuvre, but Mother, May I Sleep With Danger? is actually legitimately good when it could have coasted on camp.
Pearl (Emily Meade) is turned into a Nightwalker — a vampire in this movie’s mythology — in the first scene. Five years later, Leah (Leila George) is a college lit student performing in a feminist-twisted Macbeth on stage (Franco plays the director of the play). Pearl and Leah hit it off, as Pearl is a photographer who practically lives in the darkroom (get it???). So Leah has to come out to her mother (Spelling) and face society’s disapproval, including that of the boy she rejected, Bob (Nick Eversman). Read More »