HOME |  CULT MOVIES | COMPETITIONS | ADVERTISE |  CONTACT US |  ABOUT US
 
 
 
Newest Reviews
Morfalous, Les
Dreambuilders
Everything Went Fine
Lux AEterna
Rum Runners
Fairy and the Devil, The
Mad God
Outside the Law
I Remember Mama
Superman Unbound
Lawrence of Belgravia
House Across the Lake, The
Wonder Park
Hornsby e Rodriguez
Operation Mincemeat
5 Kung Fu Daredevil Heroes
Scoob!
Earwig
Offseason
Peau Douce, La
Double Indemnity
Na Cha and the Seven Devils
Deep Murder
Superman vs. the Elite
Adam Project, The
Osamu Tezuka's Last Mystery of the 20th Century
Horse, La
Buffaloed
Train Robbers, The
Let Sleeping Cops Lie
Abominable
Funeral, The
Burning Sea, The
Godzilla Singular Point
Ace of Aces
Innocents, The
Beast and the Magic Sword, The
Last Hard Men, The
Found Footage Phenomenon, The
Night Trap
   
 
Newest Articles
3 From Arrow Player: Sweet Sugar, Girls Nite Out and Manhattan Baby
Little Cat Feat: Stephen King's Cat's Eye on 4K UHD
La Violence: Dobermann at 25
Serious Comedy: The Wrong Arm of the Law on Blu-ray
DC Showcase: Constantine - The House of Mystery and More on Blu-ray
Monster Fun: Three Monster Tales of Sci-Fi Terror on Blu-ray
State of the 70s: Play for Today Volume 3 on Blu-ray
The Movie Damned: Cursed Films II on Shudder
The Dead of Night: In Cold Blood on Blu-ray
Suave and Sophisticated: The Persuaders! Take 50 on Blu-ray
Your Rules are Really Beginning to Annoy Me: Escape from L.A. on 4K UHD
A Woman's Viewfinder: The Camera is Ours on DVD
Chaplin's Silent Pursuit: Modern Times on Blu-ray
The Ecstasy of Cosmic Boredom: Dark Star on Arrow
A Frosty Reception: South and The Great White Silence on Blu-ray
You'll Never Guess Which is Sammo: Skinny Tiger and Fatty Dragon on Blu-ray
Two Christopher Miles Shorts: The Six-Sided Triangle/Rhythm 'n' Greens on Blu-ray
Not So Permissive: The Lovers! on Blu-ray
Uncomfortable Truths: Three Shorts by Andrea Arnold on MUBI
The Call of Nostalgia: Ghostbusters Afterlife on Blu-ray
Moon Night - Space 1999: Super Space Theater on Blu-ray
Super Sammo: Warriors Two and The Prodigal Son on Blu-ray
Sex vs Violence: In the Realm of the Senses on Blu-ray
What's So Funny About Brit Horror? Vampira and Bloodbath at the House of Death on Arrow
Keeping the Beatles Alive: Get Back
   
 
  Ted and Venus Stalking Cure
Year: 1991
Director: Bud Cort
Stars: Bud Cort, James Brolin, Kim Adams, Carol Kane, Pamela D'Pella, Brian Thompson, Rhea Perlman, Woody Harrelson, Martin Mull, Roberta Wallach, Timothy Leary, Tricia O'Neil, Tony Genaro, Vincent Schiavelli, Andrea Martin, Cassandra Peterson, Gena Rowlands
Genre: Comedy, DramaBuy from Amazon
Rating:  6 (from 1 vote)
Review: Early one morning at Venice Beach, poet Ted Whitley (Bud Cort) is on the pier when he catches sight of a beautiful woman rising from the waves and wading back to shore. He is entranced with this image, but although he jumps into the sea to follow her he does not manage to reach her and the woman goes on her way. Later, Ted joins his best friend Max Waters (James Brolin) at a poetry gathering where he wins first prize, the money from which should help him as the mentally troubled man exists on disability benefits. However, his recital of his winning poem hints that he may still be a danger to himself - or others...

Touchingly, Bud Cort, whose directorial debut this was, dedicated it to three of the main creative forces who accompanied him in his Harold and Maude breakthrough role, and in some ways Ted and Venus could be seen as the flipside to that film, with its ageing anti-hero besotted with a younger woman who in this case does not share his enthusiasm. Cort also co-scripted with Paul Ciotti, and this low budget effort strikes a strange chord, unsure of whether it is a period drama (it's set in 1974), a lovelorn comedy or an all out stalker thriller.

It could be that it's all three, but at its heart is a committed performance by its director who makes us understand Ted's dilemma without condoning his obsession. When he goes to the local housing charity to see about getting a better apartment, he is delighted to see that one of the staff is his Venus (Kim Adams as Linda), the woman he saw at the beach and so impressed him, and so he makes eager attempts at conversation (Cort also mimes doing the doggy paddle when as he talks, just to underline the plot developments). And when she accepts an invitation to go to his poetry reading, he thinks he is as good as hitched to her.

Linda doesn't cotton on to what Ted has in mind until he has planned out his future with her in his thoughts, and the tone of the film grows uncomfortable. Mainly this is because of those curious lapses into humour, which can throw you off guard; not that this is not funny in places, at times it can be very amusing, but these instances seem out of place. Nevertheless, it's quirks like that which offer the film its unusual timbre, even though after a while you become irritated with Ted's inability to see that no matter how focused on her he is, she is simply nowhere near as interested in him.

So the story is on Linda's side as this turns into an ordeal, but we take no pleasure in the downward spiral that Ted takes. There's no excusing the harrassment he inflicts on the object of his preoccupation, but when he ends up in court, then in a mental hospital, then finally in prison it's an unhappy series of developments. Somehow Cort tries to tie Ted's downfall into the fall from grace of President Richard Nixon which the characters all watch on television, but this is a stretch too far, and he's on firmer ground with the relationships which range from Ted and Max's steady friendship that he sadly rejects, to Linda and her boyfriend's falling out. In truth, Ted and Venus is all over the place as far as its story goes, and its ending is too over the top, but it's curious enough to keep you watching. Music by David Robbins.
Reviewer: Graeme Clark

 

This review has been viewed 3944 time(s).

As a member you could Rate this film

 
Review Comments (0)


Untitled 1

Login
  Username:
 
  Password:
 
   
 
Forgotten your details? Enter email address in Username box and click Reminder. Your details will be emailed to you.
   

Latest Poll
Which star probably has psychic powers?
Laurence Fishburne
Nicolas Cage
Anya Taylor-Joy
Patrick Stewart
Sissy Spacek
Michelle Yeoh
Aubrey Plaza
Tom Cruise
Beatrice Dalle
Michael Ironside
   
 
   

Recent Visitors
Darren Jones
Andrew Pragasam
Graeme Clark
Enoch Sneed
Mary Sibley
  Desbris M
  Sheila Reeves
Paul Smith
   

 

Last Updated: