Writers: Jo Heims, Dean Riesner
Composer: Dee Barton
Starring: Clint Eastwood, Jessica Walter, Donna Mills, John Larch, Jack Ging, Irene Hervey, James McEachin, Clarice Taylor, Don Siegel
More info: IMDb
Tagline: The scream you hear may be your own!
Plot: A brief fling between a male disc jockey and an obsessed female fan takes a frightening, and perhaps even deadly turn when another woman enters the picture.
My rating: 8/10
Will I watch it again? Yes.
It's FATAL ATTRACTION (1987) years before FATAL ATTRACTION became a thing...and it's really good. Clint Eastwood, in his directorial debut, knocks this thriller out of the park. It doesn't take long before you can see Evelyn (played by a super young Jessica Walter) is going to be a batshit crazy bitch and the gradual progression is nicely played. Eastwood is Eastwood and that's perfectly fine by me. The only thing about him I'm not buyin' is that he's a radio DJ. That and he's a small town DJ that lives in a nice house on the Pacific Coast Hwy overlooking the ocean. Even then that place had to be worth at least a million bucks. There's no way he'd be able to live there on his salary. Suspension of disbelief aside, this is a well-paced, good and tight thriller. I LOVE the way Clint disposes of his problem. One thing that's bugged me from the first time I watched this thirty years ago is the diversion from the film when Clint goes to the jazz festival. He's there for a while just hanging out. I know he's a lifelong jazz fan but that whole sequence feels like filler and he's being self-indulgent. It's not a deal killer, it's just not necessary. The Universal DVD set, Clint Eastwood: American Icon Collection, is great. This is one of four pictures in the set and the extras for this film include a 50 minute new documentary on the making of the picture (it's GREAT!), a 6 minute piece on Clint, Don Siegel and Misty, a photograph montage, more behind the scenes photos, the evolution of a movie poster and the theatrical trailer in fullscreen. The film is presented in anamorphic widescreen.