History Film / BasicInstinct

9th Apr '16 8:12:34 PM DrOO7
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* BlackWidow: Catherine. Every one of her love interests ends up dead, whether by her own hand or through her manipulation of the situation.

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* BlackWidow: Catherine. Every one of her love interests ends up dead, whether by her own hand or through her manipulation of the situation. [[spoiler: Possibly Beth, regarding her own husband]].



* ClingyJealousGirl: Roxy in regards to Catherine, threatening to kill Nick if he doesn't leave Catherine alone, [[spoiler: then attempting to do so]]

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* ClingyJealousGirl: Roxy in regards to Catherine, threatening to kill Nick if he doesn't leave Catherine alone, [[spoiler: then attempting to do so]]so. And either Catherine or Beth to the other, depending on whose version of events regarding their college fling is true.]]



* EvilWearsBlack: Roxy usually seen in dark-colored clothes.

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* EvilWearsBlack: Roxy is usually seen in dark-colored clothes.



* {{Homage}}: To ''{{Film/Vertigo}}''. The San Francisco setting, the detective obsessed with his target, and Catherine's outfits and French twist hairstyle are very reminiscent of Kim Novak's

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* {{Homage}}: To ''{{Film/Vertigo}}''. The San Francisco setting, the detective obsessed with his target, and Catherine's outfits and French twist hairstyle are very reminiscent of Kim Novak'sNovak's.


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* RetargetedLust: Having been thoroughly taunted and titillated by Catherine, Nick more or less forces himself on his on Beth. There's a similar scene in the sequel with Dr. Michael Glass (Catherine's psychologist) and his girlfriend.
17th Mar '16 6:34:43 AM Morgenthaler
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* ClingyJealousGirl:
** Roxy in regards to Catherine, threatening to kill Nick if he doesn't leave Catherine alone, [[spoiler: then attempting to do so]]

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* ClingyJealousGirl:
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ClingyJealousGirl: Roxy in regards to Catherine, threatening to kill Nick if he doesn't leave Catherine alone, [[spoiler: then attempting to do so]]
17th Mar '16 6:32:56 AM Morgenthaler
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* FemalesAreMoreInnocent: Inverted. All female characters in the film are either sociopathic, homicidal, manipulative, obsessed, or some combinations of the above.
12th Mar '16 10:47:46 AM Hensen11
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* FollowTheLeader: In the mid-nineties, ''every single thriller'' was ''Basic Instinct'' with some conceit.
12th Mar '16 10:47:17 AM Hensen11
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* FollowTheLeader: In the mid-nineties, ''every single thriller'' was ''Basic Instinct'' with some conceit.
3rd Mar '16 6:53:55 PM DrOO7
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* FollowTheLeader: In the mid-nineties, ''every single thriller'' was ''Basic Instinct'' with some conceit.
** And this film itself was following ''Film/FatalAttraction''. Not only is Michael Douglas playing the male protagonist in both films (and many of the same actors were considered for both roles), some could see Catherine as an {{Expy}} of Alex (many of same actresses were considered for both roles) and both films "good girls" are named Beth.
27th Feb '16 9:25:36 PM DrOO7
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** And this film itself was following ''Film/FatalAttraction''. Not only is Michael Douglas playing the male protagonist in both films, some could see Catherine as an {{Expy}} of Alex--many of same actresses were considered for both roles--and both films "good girls" are named Beth.

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** And this film itself was following ''Film/FatalAttraction''. Not only is Michael Douglas playing the male protagonist in both films, films (and many of the same actors were considered for both roles), some could see Catherine as an {{Expy}} of Alex--many Alex (many of same actresses were considered for both roles--and roles) and both films "good girls" are named Beth.
19th Feb '16 3:19:24 AM Anter2223k
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* FanDisservice: The opening sequence. A highly erotic and arousing scene of two gorgeous people going at it. . .and suddenly the woman pulls out an ice pick and viciously stabs the man to death.



* WritingAboutYourCrime: Catherine is a suspect because she wrote a novel depicting a very similar crime to Boz's murder.

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* WritingAboutYourCrime: Catherine is a suspect because she wrote a novel depicting a very similar crime to Boz's murder. In fact, she had killed Johnny Boz, and several before him, using the same modus operandi.
19th Feb '16 3:16:14 AM Anter2223k
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* HollywoodLaw: It is very likely that in real life, Catherine would have been immediately arrested and charged with murder one after her infamous interrogation scene. There's enough evidence already at that point in the movie to get an indictment from a grand jury or for the prosecutor to file an information: the victim was murdered mid-coitus in exactly the matter described in one of Tramell's novels. Tramell was known to be the victim's regular sex partner. The victim was last seen alive leaving his nightclub in Trammell's company; his body was found the next morning. That would be more than enough evidence to get to a jury in any U.S. state. Incidentally, the polygraph results would definitely not be admissible, because polygraphs are known to be unreliable. In fact, it is well-known that sociopaths can beat polygraphs very easily because they lie without shame or nervousness; the fact that she not only passes the polygraph, but does so with no blips whatsoever would just confirm that she's the sociopath that she so obviously is. Additionally, there was even a scene where the detectives consult with a professional psychologist who diagnosed the likely perpetrator as such. Realistically, they would have arrested and charged her based on the evidence they had right then and there.
15th Feb '16 12:42:12 PM fmpro
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* HollywoodLaw: It is very likely that in real life, Catherine would have been immediately arrested and charged with murder one after her infamous interrogation scene. There's enough evidence already at that point in the movie to get an indictment from a grand jury or for the prosecutor to file an information: the victim was murdered mid-coitus in exactly the matter described in one of Tramell's novels. Tramell was known to be the victim's regular sex partner. The victim was last seen alive leaving his nightclub in Trammell's company; his body was found the next morning. That would be more than enough evidence to get to a jury in any U.S. state. Incidentally, the polygraph results would definitely not be admissible, because polygraphs are known to be unreliable. In fact, it is well-known that sociopaths can beat polygraphs very easily because they lie without shame or nervousness; the fact that she not only passes the polygraph, but does so with no blips whatsoever would just confirm that she's the sociopath that she so obviously is. Additionally, there was even a scene where the detectives consult with a professional psychologist who diagnosed the likely perpetrator as such. Realistically, they would have arrested and charged her based on the evidence they had right then and there.
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