Filmed in Vancouver, B.C., by the Sokolow Co. in association with TriStar Television. Executive producer, Diana Sokolow; co-executive producer, Joan Green; director, Jorge Montesi; script, Edmond Stevens, based on the novel by Claire Rainwater Jacobs; camera, Phil Linzey; editor, Pia Di Cisula; production designer, Ian Thomas; art director, Douglasanne Manchions; sound, Martin Fossum; music, Irwin Fisch; casting, Meryl O'Laughlin, Jackie Margey (U.S.), Trish Robinson (Canada). Cast: Tori Spelling, Ivan Sergei, Todd Caldecott, Gabrielle Miller, Lochlyn Monro, Kevin McNulty, Bryn Erin, Lisa Banes, Suzy Joachim, Cheryl Wilson, Teryl Rothery, Hrothgar Mathews, David Cameron, Fulvio Cecere, Raimund Stamm. Laurel Lewisohn (Tori Spelling) is thrilled to bring her new boyfriend, Kevin (Ivan Sergei), home to mother (Lisa Banes): Not only is he not a musician, he's a medical student. Well-groomed, too. There's just one problem: Two years ago, when he was still calling himself Billy Owens, "Kevin" killed his girlfriend in a fit of jealous rage. And he still tends to get a bit possessive. Touchy, too. For this, Laurel rebuffs potential boyfriend Jackson Leeper (Todd Caldecott). Unfortunately, he's in a band though not a very good one, and he's got the reviews to prove it. "Mother, May I Sleep With Danger?" is a change of pace for Spelling, first seen here in long, chestnut-colored hair and delivering a pithy analysis of "Daisy Miller" in her college English Literature class. Her fans needn't worry: Before long, "Kevin" has persuaded Laurel to cut her hair short and dye it blonde. He's a smooth talker, but not smooth enough to allay the suspicions of Laurel's mother, who begins to investigate his background. In the meantime, "Kevin" (who has by now tracked down and disposed of his real-life namesake) has Laurel virtually prisoner in a mountain cabin that's fortunately within walking distance from the town. Having made her escape, what does Laurel do but come back alone to pick up her clothes. Why she believes her car, which "Kevin" has disabled, would now work is anybody's guess. When Laurel's mother receives a fax about Billy from Colorado, she tells the detective (Suzy Joachim) , "He's a killer and he's got my daughter," a far snappier title for this effort than the one the producers used. Laurel isn't the first person to behave stupidly under the influence of love. If one is willing to accept the premise, and pretend that a character played by Spelling may not live to the end of her movie, "Mother, May I Sleep With Danger?" is mildly suspenseful; cranking up the pace of the music during the climactic chase would have helped a lot. Sergei is all the more creepy for his wholesomeness though when he bursts through that cabin door with his hatchet, one almost expects him to exclaim with a demonic grin, "Here's Johnny!" Vancouver-area scenery is lovely, and tech credits are a step above average.

Filmed in Vancouver, B.C., by the Sokolow Co. in association with TriStar Television. Executive producer, Diana Sokolow; co-executive producer, Joan Green; director, Jorge Montesi; script, Edmond Stevens, based on the novel by Claire Rainwater Jacobs; camera, Phil Linzey; editor, Pia Di Cisula; production designer, Ian Thomas; art director, Douglasanne Manchions; sound, Martin Fossum; music, Irwin Fisch; casting, Meryl O’Laughlin, Jackie Margey (U.S.), Trish Robinson (Canada). Cast: Tori Spelling, Ivan Sergei, Todd Caldecott, Gabrielle Miller, Lochlyn Monro, Kevin McNulty, Bryn Erin, Lisa Banes, Suzy Joachim, Cheryl Wilson, Teryl Rothery, Hrothgar Mathews, David Cameron, Fulvio Cecere, Raimund Stamm. Laurel Lewisohn (Tori Spelling) is thrilled to bring her new boyfriend, Kevin (Ivan Sergei), home to mother (Lisa Banes): Not only is he not a musician, he’s a medical student. Well-groomed, too. There’s just one problem: Two years ago, when he was still calling himself Billy Owens, “Kevin” killed his girlfriend in a fit of jealous rage. And he still tends to get a bit possessive. Touchy, too. For this, Laurel rebuffs potential boyfriend Jackson Leeper (Todd Caldecott). Unfortunately, he’s in a band though not a very good one, and he’s got the reviews to prove it. “Mother, May I Sleep With Danger?” is a change of pace for Spelling, first seen here in long, chestnut-colored hair and delivering a pithy analysis of “Daisy Miller” in her college English Literature class. Her fans needn’t worry: Before long, “Kevin” has persuaded Laurel to cut her hair short and dye it blonde. He’s a smooth talker, but not smooth enough to allay the suspicions of Laurel’s mother, who begins to investigate his background. In the meantime, “Kevin” (who has by now tracked down and disposed of his real-life namesake) has Laurel virtually prisoner in a mountain cabin that’s fortunately within walking distance from the town. Having made her escape, what does Laurel do but come back alone to pick up her clothes. Why she believes her car, which “Kevin” has disabled, would now work is anybody’s guess. When Laurel’s mother receives a fax about Billy from Colorado, she tells the detective (Suzy Joachim) , “He’s a killer and he’s got my daughter,” a far snappier title for this effort than the one the producers used. Laurel isn’t the first person to behave stupidly under the influence of love. If one is willing to accept the premise, and pretend that a character played by Spelling may not live to the end of her movie, “Mother, May I Sleep With Danger?” is mildly suspenseful; cranking up the pace of the music during the climactic chase would have helped a lot. Sergei is all the more creepy for his wholesomeness though when he bursts through that cabin door with his hatchet, one almost expects him to exclaim with a demonic grin, “Here’s Johnny!” Vancouver-area scenery is lovely, and tech credits are a step above average.

Mother, May I Sleep with Danger?

(Mon. (30), 9-11 p.m., NBC)

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