Friday, August 31, 2012

Basic Instinct (1992): Michael Douglas, Sharon Stone, Sex and an Icepick...


     Although infamous for it's explicit scenes (Sharon Stone uncrossing her legs to reveal her vagina, rough, passionate sex scenes and various full frontal nude shots), Basic Instinct (1992) has other powerful aspects that carry the film far above and beyond the hype. Directed by Paul Verhoeven and written by Joe Eszterhas, the film has many ties to film noir, the most obvious being the flawed detective and the seductive femme fatale. It is a memorable film and still seems current 20 years later.
     A retired Rock and Roll star is found murdered, stabbed with an ice pick during sex. Detective Nick Curran (Michael Douglas) and his partner are on the case. The Rocker's girlfriend is the natural suspect, having been the last one seen with him. Following the address, Nick finds Catherine Tramell (Sharon Stone), a wealthy heiress and author... 

Sharon Stone

Sharon Stone

Michael Douglas and Sharon Stone

Sharon Stone

     Tramell's last novel being about a retired Rock and Roll star being murdered with an ice pick in bed further implicates her, but also creates an alibi. Confusion as to whether  or not she committed the crime ensues... 

Sharon Stone

Sharon Stone

     Meanwhile she is writing a new book about a detective and begins playing mind games with Nick...

Sharon Stone and Michael Douglas

Sharon Stone

Sharon Stone

Sharon Stone

Sharon Stone

      Forced to play along and concede to her seductions and advances, Nick engages in a wild, sex-fueled love affair with Catherine, despite the fact that people around him are turning up dead...

Sharon Stone and Michael Douglas

Sharon Stone

Sharon Stone

Sharon Stone

Sharon Stone


     Catherine challenges him emotionally, physically and professionally... Is Catherine a murderer? Or just a sex-crazed woman out to mess with men's heads?

Sharon Stone and Michael Douglas

Sharon Stone and Michael Douglas

Sharon Stone

Sharon Stone



"Basic Instinct"- movie trailer