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39 of 39 people found the following review helpful
Poison is not a great movie, but it so entertaining that it doesn't matter. Kari Wuhrer plays a young gal whose husband commits suicide after being fired from his job. After learning from her husband's former boss that the company had hired someone to replace him long before he was even fired because he wasn't a good worker, Kari's character snaps (she blames the company for her hubby's death). She then decides to exact revenge; first on the boss guy, and then on the woman who replaced her husband (played by soap star Barbara Crampton).
Poison is dark, sexy, and a lot of fun as well. There are a couple of instances where the acting could be a bit better (such as the Garrett's original housekeeper and their daughter) but Kari Wuhrer and Barbara Crampton make up for that. The pacing is quick, the death scenes well done, and there's enough nudity to please any fan of skin (you eventually see every female character in various stages of undress...although it looked like Ms. Crampton may have used a body double).
The DVD features Audio Commentary from the director, cast bios, original trailer, and photo gallery. The picture in in 1.85:1 widescreen and it is pristine and crystal clear. The audio is offered in 5.1 and 2.0 surround sound. The 5.1 mix is good. Loud where it should be, and the surround channels are used occasionally for emphasis.
Overall, a good choice for purchase or rental.
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33 of 36 people found the following review helpful
on October 23, 2001
I personally am a huge kari wuhrer fan and have bought all her movies simply to find the best nude/sex scene with her in it. This movie could have been way better but there is one scene where kari seduces the son that is simply fantastic. Yes she gets naked, yes she has sex with him, yes its worth the whole movie for this scene alone. Buy it if you are a collector.
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
on September 26, 2001
Following Kari Wuhrer's last two flicks, I was eagerly awaiting the release of Poison. Unfortunately, I was dissappointed both by the plot and her flat acting.
Essentially, Poison is a redux of Shannon Tweed's 1996, Scorned. In her role as the wife-bent-on revenge, Tweed exuded passion, eroticism and an evil thirst that made this movie a classic. Wuhrer, with her sexy look and bedroom eyes would be my pick to reprise the Tweed role except the story held little of the sexual tension that made the original burn.
Jay Andrews, the director of Poison essentially wasted the talents of this young beauty, by not giving her the direction she obviously needed to make this role work. For example, the relationship between the family's sexy daughter and Kari is never given the opportunity to explode. Instead, it's treated like a G-movie--C'mon already, this is a woman bent on revenge and destruction. Even her relationship with the wife was never given an opportunity to blossom like in the original.
If your looking for eroticism at its finest, watch Scorned (the unrated version is HOT). And unless you absolutely can't get enough of Kari Wuhrer, pass this one by.
I just hope someone gives Miss Wuhrer an opportunity to shine in the same way that Shannon Whirry, and Shannon Tweed have over the years. She's hotter than both and a better actor to boot.
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9 of 12 people found the following review helpful
on December 8, 2003
I'm not really sure if everyone else who wrote a review here was watching the same movie I was.
Poison was a terrific blend of suspense, sex, seduction, and revenge. Some more time could have been spent developing the beginning and a few other places, but it is really no big deal in this case.
This movie is the story of a wife out for revenge on the people she deems responsible for her husband's demise. And yeah, they really had it coming to them and it felt good to watch Kari slither in and coldly and decisively do what needed to be done.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Someone once said that there are only five or six real stories and writers have just been recycling them for the past 10,000 years. Exhibit A: Kari Wuhrer Poison, a pretty-blatant rip off of the Shannon Tweed movie Scrorned.
Ann (WUHRER~!) is seeking revenge for her husband against the Garrett's, a nice, suburban family if ever there was one. She moves in as their nanny and begins to seduce 3/4 of the family. There's the problem right there. I can think of atleast three better ways of getting revenge than letting them have sex with Kari Wuhrer. In fact, that's really more of a reward.
Taking into account that it's a rip-off, it's actually better than the movie it copies. I'll take Kari over Shannon seven days a week and twice on Sunday. The few suspenseful parts are actually suspenseful (the freezer in the garage pops to mind), and the pool scene is the hottest since Phoebe Cates in Ridgemont High.
Kari can do better, but she got her name in the title and that's something usually reserved for John Carpenter. This is not a bad way to spend 90 m. if you can get past the predictability.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on June 19, 2004
This movie is worth being watched only for Kari Wuhrer. If you are a Kari fan, you will see a lot of her in it. Good movie to watch before sleep.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on November 23, 2012
I liked this movie pretty much and the story was somewhat very interesting. Kari Wuhrer played the role of a scorned wife who's husband committs suicide after being fired from his job. Afterwards, the plot thickens and gets more and more exciting because this is where Kari's poison starts kicking in and causing some brutal damage. It's a fascinating murder thriller that will keep you entertained till the end. BEAUTY COULDN'T BE MORE DEADLIER.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on July 14, 2002
This film was shot in 12 days usually only allowing 1 or 2 takes. It was thrown together at last minute.That being said I believe that Kari as well as the rest of the cast could have developed the story with time.I wouldn't say it was the best but worth the watch.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on June 28, 2002
Quite a throwaway erotic thriller only redeemed by the presence of Kari Wuhrer (much better than the Shannon Tweed original). Kari certainly has a talent for making R-rated movies and she shows that, quite literally, in this picture.
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on December 12, 2011
Okay, Kari Wuhrer has been easy on the eyes ever since I'd first seen her and I've followed her career as closely as I can. The movie here is not at all bad, but there is an element of predictability involved in the plot: man has hot wife and good job, man loses job and then his life, grief stricken wife sets out to get even for her loss by any means necessary. This one almost parodies Shannon Tweed's 'Scorned', but the end results were way different. All in all, worth a watch and if you're a Kari Wuhrer fan it's worthy of your library.
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