Saturday, September 3, 2011

Listen (1996)


Written by Jonas Quastel & Michael Bafaro
Directed by Gavin Wilding

Jake...Gordon Currie
Sarah Ross...Brooke Langton
Krista...Sarah Buxton

Reformed lesbian Sarah has just moved into the Queen Charlotte Apartments, the same building as her boyfriend Jake. A defective cordless phone allows her to eavesdrop on other people's conversations, at first an innocent thrill that turns into a lusty encounter when she dials in on a little phone sex.

At the urging of her best friend/former lover Krista, Sarah snoops a little further, eventually digging up that not only does the phone sex caller live in her building, but he also has a nasty habit of meeting the girls he's talking with, meating the girls he's talking with, and the beating the women he's been talking with--usually to death, and with a very sharp knife.

The police believe it's the same serial killer who mysteriously vanished last summer. Sarah doesn't care who it is, she just wants to stay out of harms way.

Too bad it's such a small building.

Pretty much a by-the-numbers erotic thriller with details cribbed from pretty much every other erotic thriller you've ever seen. But let's face it: you're not watching erotic thrillers for original content. You're watching them partly for the "thriller", but mostly for the "erotic".

Not entirely fulfilling on either front, Listen's occasional steamy scenes aren't all that intriguing, and the twist ending twists itself one too many times, leaving believability in the dust. You'd be much better off watching Basic Instinct, Sliver, and then Basic Instinct 2 again.

In that order.

Rated R
101 Minutes
United States



  1. I'll be sure to stay away from this one. BTW that tag line "What you hear... can kill you." Being a hard of hearing/deaf girl that seems kinda offensive to me! ;) What if I can't hear at all, does that mean I get to stay alive? haha

  2. @ Jenny - I'm not sure that's gonna work... you saw what happened to Carlos in FREDDY'S DEAD, didn't ya? ;)

  3. Awe, damn....
    You had me ready to queue this one immediately...until your last two paragraphs. It certainly SOUNDED awesome.

    "Reformed lesbian," eh? I like the sound of that....


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