Our Rating: ★★★½☆
L Factor: Minor lesbian content
Short Take: Sharon Stone stars as a bisexual ice pick murderer in this het erotic thriller.
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Year: 1992
Duration: 128 min
Language: USA, France/English
Director: Paul Verhoeven
Writer: Joe Eszterhas
Starring: Michael Douglas, Sharon Stone, George Dzundza, Jeanne Tripplehorn, Denis Arndt, Leilani Sarelle

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Basic Instinct

Is there anyone who hasn’t heard about the famous leg crossing scene in Basic Instinct (Sharon Stone crossing and uncrossing … and not wearing underwear)?

There is a killer on the loose in San Francisco, one who murders men with an ice pick during sex. Catherine (Sharon Stone, If These Walls Could Talk II) is the prime suspect, since she was sleeping with the victim. Before she can be interviewed, we also meet Roxy (Leilani Sarelle), her female lover.

Catherine seduces the investigating officer Nick (Michael Douglas) in more ways than one, and the film is what one would call an erotic thriller for the het crowd, with plenty of steamy sex scenes.

Will Roxy kill Nick as she threatens? What’s up with Nick’s ex-girlfriend being bi as well? It’s a classic psychotic bisexual killer story, with lots of Sharon Stone and Michael Douglas nudity thrown in. (AB)