The Seduction (1982)

The Seduction (1982)

Taglines: Alone… Terrified… Trapped like an animal. Now she’s fighting back with the only weapon she has… Herself!

Los Angeles anchorwoman Jaime Douglas has it all: a glamorous career on a top-rated news show, a luxurious house in the hills, and a devoted young admirer named Derek. But when Jaime rebuffs his romantic advances, Derek becomes an obsessed stalker who plays out an increasingly psychotic courtship with the frightened newswoman.

Soon he is threatening every part of her life, secretly watching ever her most intimate moments. Her tough-talking lover can’t help her. A by-the-book policeman can’t protect her. Now Jaime is alone, trapped like an animal and fighting back with the only weapon she has left. Will she finally be forced to use luscious body to fulfill the seduction?

The Seduction is a 1982 thriller film starring Morgan Fairchild and Andrew Stevens, written and directed by David Schmoeller. The original music score was composed by Lalo Schifrin. The film was marketed with the tagline “Alone… terrified… trapped like an animal.” Reviews for the film have mainly been negative which resulted in three Razzie nominations, including two for Fairchild.

The Seduction (1982)

About the Story

Jamie Douglas is a beautiful TV newswoman with a successful career in Los Angeles and a stable relationship with her boyfriend, Brandon. Derek is a psychopathic photographer who stalks her. The movie is unusual in that in the very first scene, when Jamie is swimming naked in her swimming pool, Derek is already obsessed with her, and photographing her with a long lens from his house. He calls her then and says “I watched you tonight.” The next scene shows she is a TV anchor, so she does not find the call weird or disturbing; simply a fan telling they enjoyed her segment.

The next day Derek sends her flowers, and that evening he calls her at her house to ask how she liked them, leaving her with an odd feeling. She tells him to leave her alone, however, next day he shows up at the TV station with a box of chocolates to apologize for coming on too strong. She accepts the chocolates.

He follows her home and forces his way into her house, to which she tells him to leave, and in return, he starts taking pictures of her, assaulting her, telling her she looks good when she’s scared and screaming. Brandon shows up, beats up Derek, and kicks him out. Jamie and Brandon go to the cops (Captain Maxwell) but he says there’s nothing he can do about it.

Brandon talks to a psychiatrist, who tells him that eventually Derek will kill Jamie. Jamie goes shopping with her friend (played by Coleen Camp), and Derek follows them. Jamie yells at Derek and throws on the ground the music box he tries to give her.

At home that night is another extended nude scene with Jamie taking a bath. Derek is in the closet watching her. She discovers him and they struggle, until Brandon comes home, however, Derek flees out the window. Maxwell figures out who Derek is and tells Brandon he will give Derek a talking to.

Jamie gets naked again and has sex with Brandon in the hot tub, but as Brandon is coming he cries out a little too loudly, and slumps against Jamie’s naked body in the hot tub–Derek has sneaked into the house and stabbed Brandon in the back as they are making love, killing him. Derek then, inexplicably, drags Brandon’s body into the woods and buries him, then goes home.

The Seduction Movie Poster (1982)

The Seduction (1982)

Directed by: David Schmoeller
Starring: Morgan Fairchild, Michael Sarrazin, Vince Edwards, Andrew Stevens, Colleen Camp, Wendy Smith Howard, Joanne Linville
Screenplay by: David Schmoeller
Cinematography by: Mac Ahlberg
Film Editing by: Anthony DiMarco
Makeup Department: Michi Harata, Francesca Maxwell
Music by: Lalo Schifrin
Distributed by: Embassy Pictures
Release Date: January 29, 1982