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062: Basic Instinct

Maximilian Rivera May 30, 2017


By Max Rivera | @MaxRiveraFilm

Premise: Hard-boiled police detective Nick Curran investigates a brutal murder, in which a manipulative and seductive woman could be involved..

​Rotten Tomatoes Score: 53%

On this episode, we discuss:

  • Alien Covenant (again),  Party of Five, and Be Kind Rewind.
  • Paul Verhoeven’s full filmography
  • Our main subject matter, Basic Instinct.
Episode Breakdown:

  • Directed by Paul Verhoeven, written by Joe Eszterhas
  • Starring Michael Douglas, Sharon Stone, George Dzundza, and Jeanne Tripplehorn

Random Trivia:

  • 13 actresses turned down the role of Catherine before Sharon Stone accepted.
  • Michael Douglas had rules for his role: no full frontal and his character couldn’t be bisexual.
  • Sharon Stone’s leg-uncrossing scene was not in the original script; Paul Verhoeven thought of it while the movie was being shot based on a memory of his college years, when a woman at a party had done the exact same thing to embarrass him.
  • Joe Eszterhas wrote the script over ten days in the eighties while jamming to The Rolling Stones non-stop without even having a story outline.

Questions We Ask:

  • Could the medium budget feature survive now?
  • What makes a good erotic thriller?
  • Why were the ratings so love-it-or-hate-it?
  • How good are Verhoeven films?

Max is a marketing copywriter by day, filmmaker and screenwriter by night. He resides in Charlotte, NC, and loves his dogs, watching movies, building LEGO sets, and eating food. Lots of food.You can find Max at his personal website and twitter.