Trailers from Hell starts the week with director Allan Arkush introducing the trailer to Adrian Lyne’s well-made yet wildly sexist thriller “Fatal Attraction,” starring Michael Douglas as a philandering husband who becomes terrorized by an unstable fling (in the form of Glenn Close).
The battle of the sexes goes gonzo in Adrian Lyne’s megahit
psycho killer (in the view of one sex) revenge fantasy (in the view of the
other). It’s kind of a more manipulative remake of Play Misty for Me. The
original ironic ending was jettisoned seven months after it was shot when
bloodthirsty preview audiences rejected it. This turned the commercial tide,
resulting in big boxoffice and numerous Oscar nominations. The original climax
was retained for the Japanese release, where audiences found it satisfyingly
fatalistic. Both endings are available on various home video releases.