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Trailers from Hell: Allan Arkush on Adrian Lyne's Mega-Hit Psychosexual Thriller 'Fatal Attraction,' Starring Douglas and Close

Photo of Trailers From Hell By Trailers From Hell | Thompson on Hollywood July 29, 2013 at 1:34PM

Trailers from Hell starts the week with director Allan Arkush introducing the trailer to Adrian Lyne's well-made yet wildly sexist thriller "Fatal Attraction," starring Michael Douglas as a philandering husband who becomes terrorized by an unstable fling (in the form of Glenn Close).
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"Fatal Attraction"
"Fatal Attraction"

Trailers from Hell starts the week with director Allan Arkush introducing the trailer to Adrian Lyne's well-made yet wildly sexist thriller "Fatal Attraction," starring Michael Douglas as a philandering husband who becomes terrorized by an unstable fling (in the form of Glenn Close). 

The battle of the sexes goes gonzo in Adrian Lyne's megahit psycho killer (in the view of one sex) revenge fantasy (in the view of the other). It's kind of a more manipulative remake of Play Misty for Me. The original ironic ending was jettisoned seven months after it was shot when bloodthirsty preview audiences rejected it. This turned the commercial tide, resulting in big boxoffice and numerous Oscar nominations. The original climax was retained for the Japanese release, where audiences found it satisfyingly fatalistic. Both endings are available on various home video releases.

This article is related to: Video, Trailers from Hell, Trailers, Michael Douglas, Glenn Close


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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.