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Basic Instinct

Released 1992
Distributor TriStar Pictures

In the early eighties Hollywood was glutted with so-called “erotic thrillers” combining soft-core sex and hard core violence that usually went straight to cable and video. In 1992, Paul Verhoeven took that same trashy template and directed Basic Instinct, a big-budget exploitation film which didn’t stint on its garishly amusing scenes of sex and violence, in fact it’s probably even more provocative than its low budget forebears. Michael Douglas stars as the teeth-gritting cop who jumps into an ill-advised affair with a possibly murderous psychologist played with Hitchcockian flair by blonde ice-goddess Sharon Stone.

About Dan Ireland

TFH Guru Dan Ireland passed away on April 14, 2016. Dan loved movies of all shapes, sizes, genres and formats. As co-founder (and co-director) of The Seattle International Film Festival and Co-Artistic Director of The Louisiana International Film Festival, Dan produced over 15 movies including John Huston’s final film, The Dead, and Bernard Rose’s Paperhouse. He made his directorial debut in 1996 with the award winning The Whole Wide World starring Vincent D’Onofrio and a then unknown Renee Zellweger. His other directorial credits include Passionada, Mrs. Palfrey at The Claremont, starring Dame Joan Plowright and E.L. Doctorow’s Jolene, which launched the career of actress Jessica Chastain. What was to be Dan's next project, Mr. Lively, fell apart mere weeks before its scheduled production, a month before his passing.