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Fatal Attraction

December 5th, 2008 by Rebecca Harper Editor

Wandering eyes can get a guy in a heap of trouble. Worst-case scenario? That could be today’s Hulu for the Holidays selection, Fatal Attraction. From menacing phone calls to a kidnapping, with a boiled bunny thrown in for good measure, this classic thriller shows how a one-night stand can go terribly wrong.

As the lead in Fatal Attraction, Michael Douglas plays Dan Gallagher, a Manhattan lawyer who seemingly has it all: a great wife, a beautiful daughter and a successful career. But one thing leads to another one night while his family is out of town, and he ends up having a dangerous liaison with an associate, Alex Forrest (Glenn Close). When Dan starts avoiding Alex’s calls, this short-lived fling takes a dangerous turn as Alex goes into stalker mode, turning up at Dan’s office and even his home. “Well, what am I supposed to do?” she demands. “You won’t answer my calls, you change your number, I’m not going to be ignored, Dan!” Alex’s obsession only grows stronger over time, and that’s when things get a little bit scary.

A combination of sex and suspense — not to mention fear — made Fatal Attraction the second-highest grossing film of 1987. (Behind Three Men and a Baby!) And those same thrills are what make its storyline so memorable today.

As for next Monday’s TV pick, we’re leaving behind the obsessed lovers and planning an imported, award-winning serial drama instead. Called a “Canadian masterpiece” by TV Guide, it focuses on a coroner who’s deemed charismatic and controversial. Check back next week to see what it is!

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