Exit in Red (1996)

Genres - Adult, Drama  |   Sub-Genres - Erotic Thriller  |   Release Date - Aug 12, 1997 (USA - Unknown)  |   Run Time - 97 min.  |   Countries - United States  |   MPAA Rating - R
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Review by Robert Firsching

One does not approach an unrated erotic thriller, especially one headlining Mickey Rourke and his wife Carre Otis, looking for great art. However, even in light of the somewhat dismal expectations one might bring to this disastrous film from director Yurek Bogayevicz (Anna), it is an unmitigated failure. Rourke was apparently prepared for his performance by the wardrobe and makeup departments of the local mental hospital, because he is truly a sight to behold. Unshaven with long scraggly hair, women's sunglasses, and a cigarette holder, he resembles a demented version of Gary Oldman in a drag version of Bram Stoker's Dracula rather than a sexy psychiatrist. This is probably just as well, since Exit in Red is one of the few "erotic thrillers" without a single sex scene. Instead, the film has a great deal of sexually oriented language, crosscut between flashbacks in an extremely confusing manner, featuring Otis as Rourke's sickeningly simpering lawyer, and has one of the silliest scenes of "revenge" imaginable. It is difficult to conceive of a semi-professional film failing so completely on so many levels, and this one even compounds its sins by having Rourke mumble some silly philosophical narration which sounds like a pathetic attempt at hard-boiled neo-noir. It is atrocious.