A Dr JEKYLL & Mr HYDE from the eighties in Santa Monica. Interesting, maybe it inspîred VERHOEVEN's Basic Instinct (1992), without being as glamourous nor effective. Rob LOWE plays a very bad devil.=== Un Dr JEKYLL & M. HYDE des années quatre-vingt à Santa Monica. Intéressant, a peut-être inspiré Basic Instinct (1992) de VERHOEVEN, sans être aussi glamour ni efficace. Rob LOWE joue un très mauvais diable.
Bad Influence is an inspired & excellent Hitchcock-like noir thriller directed by the late great Curtis Hanson. Spader is solid as the meek yuppie protagonist & Rob Lowe gives what is most likely his finest performance as the mysterious & deviant Alex who seduces Spader into an insidious lifestyle of rampant wrongdoing. Although the film loses some bite at the end, it's an admirable & accomplished 90s neo-noir.
Curtis Hanson's and David Koepp's fun, stylish, perverse riff on Hitchcock's "Strangers on a Train." Slinky and sleazy, Rob Lowe has never been better than he is portraying the seductive, psychopathic Alex. James Spader plays brilliantly against type as the meek and beaten down Michael. The musical score by Trevor Jones has a feline, alley cat prowl to it. A nasty neo-noir with a striking early 90's music video look.
A very good contemporary noir by the man who would direct L.A. Confidential a few years later. Rob Lowe who had been typecast as a pretty boy until then finds his best role, although the media and the fans didn't seem to enjoy the transformation - remember the sex video scandal?
Somewhere between Hitchcock's 'Stranger on the train' and 'Fight Club', although the film doesn't bring anything new to the noir canon.