A writer returns to Hollywood after finishing his novel in the wilderness. Still smarting from his girlfriend’s suicide and his publisher’s criticisms of his novel, he becomes intrigued by the neighbor couple’s abusive relationship.
This dramatic, erotic thriller from writer/director Erik Anjou went straight to video and late-night cable, but then was resurrected on DVD after its sexy co-star Teri Hatcher hit the big time with TV’s Lois and Clark and Desperate Housewives and it became known that she had two topless scenes in this film. Its tagline was:
“Seduction, Obsession and Murder Lie Just Beneath.”
See also Teri Hatcher’s similar nude role in Heaven’s Prisoners (1996).
Socially-inept, long-haired playwright neighbor Jarvis Scott (Robert Patrick) had just returned from seclusion in the woods in Hollywood after working on his masterpiece, viewed as a commercially-unmarketable product. He was dealing with criticism from his literary publisher Chazz Stone (Matt McCoy) about his work, while still suffering from his former girlfriend’s suspicious suicidal death (an overdose of pills — or a scissors-chest stabbing?).
Hatcher was featured as Dani Payson, an aspiring actress and Jarvis’ next door neighbor. He observed (as a voyeur) what he thought was Dani’s abusive, violent, and argumentative relationship (with sexual bouts) with her live-in lover – although was humiliated to discover that she was only practicing her lines.
Soon, he became intimately involved with Dani, and she became a key character in his new sexier novel (based on their own love-making encounters) – a successful potboiler novel titled The Cool Surface, A Kind of Love Story. Since it was based on their own sexual affair, she was the perfect choice to be lead actress in the upcoming and subsequent film adaptation – basically playing herself.
However, Jarvis became irrationally and insanely jealous of her friends, her successful career, and exhibited feelings of betrayal and revenge against Dani.
Director: Erik Anjou