CRIMES OF PASSION REVIEWED
“Crimes of Passion” is the second of Ken Russell’s American films. Kathleen Turner and Anthony Perkins spend equal time chewing the scenery, but there’s so much going on here. While “Altered States” played things straightforward, “Crimes of Passion” requires more of the audience. Arriving in theaters around the same time as “Body Double”, both movies tread on similar ground. Specifically the idea of duality within sexual dynamics of consenting and filthy adults. The result of which is two men stalking Kathleen Turner in her prostitute China Blue guise.
Turner’s daytime job has its executives hiring a private eye to find out where their odd designer goes at night. Then, there’s Anthony Perkins as a horny preacher who might be something far more sinister. The detective realizes that Turner isn’t selling corporate designs at night, but she’s having a ton of kinky sex as a high class prostitute. Meanwhile, Perkins is losing his mind and has developed a knife shaped vibrator named Superman. Spurned by Turner as a customer, Perkins plans on using Superman to save her soul. Naturally, the film opened to controversy from audiences that couldn’t handle this film.
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The Plot Thus Far
In the early eighties British enfant terrible Ken Russell travelled to America and placed his unorthodox imprint on a pair of US movies. The first was the Altered States, so out-there its screenwriter disowned it. The second was the equally crazy Crimes of Passion, starring Kathleen Turner (Body Heat, Serial Mom) at the height of her powers. Fashion designer Joanna Crane (Turner) leads a double life. By night she is China Blue, a prostitute who’s attracted the unwanted attention of two men. One is a sexually frustrated private detective hired by her employees. The other is psychopathic priest (played by Norman Bates himself, Anthony Perkins) in possession of a murderous sex toy. With its outré screenplay by Barry Sandler and over the top score by Rick Wakeman, Crimes of Passion may just be the most outrageous Ken Russell film ever made – and that’s quite some feat!
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