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