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Trailers From Hell Gives Into 'Basic Instinct'

Photo of Trailers From Hell By Trailers From Hell | Thompson on Hollywood June 18, 2014 at 1:11PM

Today on Trailers from Hell, Dan Ireland looks back at Paul Verhoeven's schlocky-fun 1992 thriller "Basic Instinct," made famous by chilly blonde Sharon Stone's crotch shot for the ages.
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'Basic Instinct'
'Basic Instinct'

Today on Trailers from Hell, Dan Ireland looks back at Paul Verhoeven's schlocky-fun 1992 thriller "Basic Instinct," made famous by chilly blonde Sharon Stone's crotch shot for the ages.

In the early eighties Hollywood was glutted with so-called "erotic thrillers" combining soft-core sex and hardcore violence that usually went straight to cable and video. In 1992, Paul Verhoeven took that same trashy template and directed "Basic Instinct," a big-budget exploitation film which didn't stint on its garishly amusing scenes of sex and violence, in fact it's probably even more provocative than its low budget forebears. Michael Douglas stars as the teeth-gritting cop who jumps into an ill-advised affair with a possibly murderous psychologist played with Hitchcockian flair by blonde ice-goddess Sharon Stone.

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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.