The Crush

A journalist becomes the center of attention for a teenager who proceeds to sabotage his life after he refuses her sexual advances.
Psychological Thriller
Kinky
Horror for Beginners

 

United States
1993
Feature Film
Realism: 
Plausible
Insects: 
Wasp
Stalker: 
Sneaker
Thief
Trespasser
Relative: 
Offspring
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I love expeditive psychological thrillers with a pinch of controversy. Cary Elwes plays a journalist who likes 'em young, and Alicia Silverstone plays a flirtatious teenager not to be reckoned with. She’s 16 playing a 14-year-old, which puts us in an uncomfortable position. We’re not meant to support Elwes’ character all the way, but we kind of do, if only to accept Silverstone as the antagonist.
This is one busy and resourceful teen. She plays piano, she’s an equestrian, she knows bugs, and she’s pretty much a ninja in every other aspect of her life. But her skills make this film predictable. As soon as a potentially lethal element is introduced, we know it’ll be used at some point and we know how. The script is not subtle at all when foreshadowing its menaces.
The Crush has good pacing, a simple premise, excellent actors, calculated suspense, and a great script. It was written and directed by Alan Shapiro. It usually takes more than one creator to come up with what could be considered a blockbuster. The Crush is a quintessential 1990’s erotic slasher. Some are politically correct, and this one isn’t. It constantly makes us question our moral values.
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