This post has spoilers related to Deadly Illusions, an erotic thriller on Netflix
More than a year of being stuck in the house has led to interesting Netflix choices for most of us. Remember the Tiger King phase? Some of the pandemic viewing selections have been outright weird. When you look at the top 10 on Netflix, some projects are truly odd like Deadly Illusions which has been trending since its release.
Deadly Illusions arrived on Netflix last week and has been trending since then. This movie has been directed and written by Anna Elizabeth James and is being described as an erotic thriller but it is less sexy and more a thriller slasher film. In the movie, Kristen Davis plays Mary Morrison who is a wife, mother and author. She needs money and is now being forced to write a new novel for her publishing house. Writing is her passion but since she became a mother she has not been able to write a book. Her husband Tom played by Dermot Mulroney asks her to appoint a full-time nanny from an agency so she can dedicate more time to her writing.
Greer Grammar plays Grace Taylor, the nanny. She is shown to love books and have a positive outlook on life. Mary and Grace have chemistry from the first scene. It is sensational and the sexual tension between them is noticed by both the characters. Mary decides to use her feelings for Grace to write her novel. She writes about her interactions with Grace in her draft. There are many encounters like during a bike ride, lingerie store and while sharing cigars. There is even a hot scene in the kitchen. All the scenes are quite inappropriate and they could be an imagination instead of real. It is impossible to tell because and her is how it gets weird.
Grace has also been flirting with Tom in exactly the same way she has been flirting with Mary. Grace is also later revealed to not be a nanny from an agency but an unstable and dangerous woman who may have been possessed by a demon or suffer from an identity disorder. Deadly Illusions has not done a good job in clearing up whether this character is possessed or suffering from a disorder. The writing seems a little lazy and problematic.
Grace soon becomes a murderer with no clear motive. She kills Mary’s friend and attacks Tom but then is captured by the cops. In the end, we see Mary visiting Grace at a facility and one woman leaving the facility in disguise. You can not tell who is the one that left.
This movie is hated by Netflix audiences at the same time they are also obsessed with it.
Many erotic thrillers have zero logic and with movies like Behind her Eyes and 365 DNI it works, because you watch it for the sex, not for the story. Deadly Illusions however has neither. The sex scenes are cringeworthy, the characters are not interesting and the plot is loose. Yet, it is one of the most trending offerings of Netflix.
You can stream Deadly Illusions on Netflix today.