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Cbs Tuesday Movie Deadbolt

Despite assurances of less violence in the future on its net, CBS drops in a program focused on a young woman and her male roommate who chokes, stabs and tortures people crossing his path. Directed without subtlety by Douglas Jackson, "Deadbolt" is a potboiler with a couple of scary moments, but the plot about a psycho threatening a woman's life is getting overly familiar.

Despite assurances of less violence in the future on its net, CBS drops in a program focused on a young woman and her male roommate who chokes, stabs and tortures people crossing his path. Directed without subtlety by Douglas Jackson, “Deadbolt” is a potboiler with a couple of scary moments, but the plot about a psycho threatening a woman’s life is getting overly familiar.

Med student Justine Bateman rents half her apartment to stranger Mark Camacho , but Adam Baldwin murders Camacho so he can move in.

Bateman meanwhile brings home a jarful of botulism from the lab and stores it in the dining room without warning anyone about the deadly brew, a clumsy plot device that just sits there until the appropriate time.

Bateman doesn’t ask for references from Baldwin, despite ex-husband Chris Mulkey’s warnings, and takes in the charming unknown. She doesn’t know, of course, what viewers do: That Baldwin had been living with a woman whose body turned up in a bathtub. Understatement is not the program’s long suit.

Baldwin, garnering several scalps on the way to controlling Bateman, works his cunning deceptions until Bateman’s a helpless prisoner in her own home. Scripters Mara Trafficante and Frank Rehwaldt resolve her dilemma, but it’s a long, long look at the loony Baldwin character and his grim indiscretions.

Bateman rightfully looks scared, and Baldwin looks sunny except when he’s threatened; he then looks anxious. Michele Scarabelli is around as Bateman’s acquaintance from the past, and Cyndi Pass plays Bateman’s best friend.

Rodney Gibbons’ camerawork is all-pro, and Yves Langlois’ editing is efficient.

Tech credits are superior. Pic was intended as a 1992 feature film.

Cbs Tuesday Movie Deadbolt

(Tues. (8), 9-11 p.m., CBS-TV)

  • Production: Filmed in Montreal by Allegro Films and Image Organization. Exec producer, Pierre David; producers, Tom Berry, Franco Battista; co-producer, Stefan Wodoslawsky; director, Douglas Jackson; writers, Mara Trafficante, Frank Rehwaldt.
  • Crew: Camera, Rodney Gibbons; editor, Yves Langlois; production designer, Perri Gorrara; sound, Michel Descombes, Luc Boubrias; music, Milan Kymlicka.
  • Cast: Cast: Justine Bateman, Adam Baldwin, Michele Scarabelli, Cyndi Pass, Chris Mulkey, Colin Fox, Amy Fulco, Ellen Cohen, Griffith Brewer, Mark Camacho, Isabelle Truchon, Anthony Sherwood, Gordon Master, Shirley Merovitz, Don Jordan, Bernadette Li, Philip Spensley, Dominique Perrault, Nancy Boulanger.
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