1992 / 90 min. /
Director: Katt Shea
Cast: Drew Barrymore, Sara Gilbert, Tom Skerritt

Roses, Rings & Restraining Orders: POISON IVY

FEBRUARY 14, 2020 – 8:00 p.m.
POISON IVY
When the studio asked director/co-writer Katt Shea for a disposable teenage update of Fatal Attraction, the acolyte of schlockster Roger Corman said, “Nope,” and swiftly delivered this seminal, salacious thriller that proved teens could do as much damage – and be just as seductive while doing so – as adults. After lone wolf teen Sylvie Cooper (Sara Gilbert) befriends Ivy (Drew Barrymore) the two quickly become inseparable. Or rather, Ivy becomes a one-woman infestation, worming her way into the Coopers’ life and home to devour them piece by piece. Seducing Sylvie’s Very Bad Stepdad (a profoundly skeevy Tom Skerritt) is just the first item on Ivy’s syllabus of terror. Shea’s subversive feminist flip on the psychotic woman character still resonates today as daring and progressive, humanizing Ivy as desperate and tragic rather than another archetypal shrieking madwoman. For Ivy, Barrymore brazenly sheds her child-star innocence before our very eyes, and a new cinematic sub-genre blasts off. Bonus game: Take a shot anytime someone utters the never-quite-caught-on slang word, “scangie.”

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