Bad Influence (1990)

Curtis Hanson directs James Spader, Rob Lowe and Lisa Zane in this erotic thriller where a yuppie falls in with a seductive conman who destroys his life.

More Highsmith than Hitchcock. Spader and Lowe… no wonder my wife ordered in this blast from the past. The sexual tension is palpable between our tanned leads though they never go the full Ripley and pink sword fight. Much to Natalie’s chagrin. Humping their frustrations into a series of glamorous surrogate ladies instead. The mystery aspects are better and creepier than I remember from when I rented this as a teen. It has matured well, especially Lowe’s against type reptilian bully. He build a pretty tight trap around Spader’s willing sap.


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