Today on Trailers from Hell, Dan Ireland talks Lawrence Kasdan’s sweaty, pulpy 1981 Southern gothic “Body Heat,” starring Kathleen Turner.
Archetypal film noirs like “The Postman Always Rings Twice” were steeped in sex but kept the main event behind closed doors. “Body Heat,” Lawrence Kasdan’s 1981 noir revival, puts the sex front and center (along with several other positions). Set during a heat wave in a tony Florida suburb, “Body Heat” was an enormous success and much of that can be attributed to Kathleen Turner’s breakthrough performance as the sweaty femme fatale plotting her husband’s murder with her lover played by William Hurt. Mickey Rourke has an incendiary cameo as (appropriately) a demolition expert and John Barry provided the laconically sexy soundtrack, heavy on the saxophone.
Look out for more psychosexual noirs this week, with “Basic Instinct” and “Eyes Wide Shut” coming up on TFH!