In "WE KILL FOR LOVE," director Anthony Penta delivers a captivating and nostalgic exploration of the erotic thriller genre, which dominated late-night cable television in the 80s and 90s. As I watched this documentary, I couldn't help but feel transported back to my childhood, where I would consistently watch Cinemax late at night, captivated by the steamy and suspenseful world of erotic thrillers.
The documentary delves into the history of this genre, examining its roots in classic film noir and exploring its evolution through iconic films like "Poison Ivy", "Animal Instincts" and "Basic Instinct," which left an indelible mark on the genre. Through interviews with filmmakers, critics, and fans, the documentary paints a comprehensive picture of the impact that erotic thrillers had on film history and on popular culture more broadly.
For me, "WE KILL FOR LOVE" was not just a reminder of the films that shaped my childhood, but a tribute to a genre that has often been dismissed or overlooked by film critics. Through its exploration of the seedy, dark world of noir thrillers and erotic thrillers, the documentary makes a compelling case for why these films deserve to be studied and celebrated.
Overall, I would give "WE KILL FOR LOVE" a 4.5/5 rating. It is a well-crafted, informative, and entertaining documentary that will appeal not only to fans of the genre but to anyone interested in the history of cinema. And for me personally, it served as a poignant reminder of how the world of horror films can be rooted in the darker aspects of human desire and obsession, rather than the supernatural.
We Kill for Love stars filmmakers Andrew Stevens, Jim Wynorski, Fred Olen Ray; film stars Monique Parent, Amy Lindsay, Kira Reed Lorsch; film scholars Linda Ruth Williams, Abbey Bender and more. Yellow Veil Pictures will present the film for international buyers at the Marche Du Film later this year.