(US - 1993)
Directed by Worth Keeter. Written by Gene Church. Cast: Steven Bauer, Chelsea Field, Pamela Anderson, Matt McCoy, Kenneth Tigar, Larry Manetti, Rance Howard, Gloria LeRoy, Diana Lee Hsu, Irene Tsu, Michael Monks. (R, 98 mins)
A fixture on new release walls in video stores throughout the 1990s, the straight-to-video erotic thriller has been woefully underrepresented on Blu-ray, with only the tiniest smattering of titles like Vinegar Syndrome's IN THE COLD OF THE NIGHT, Synapse's SORCERESS, and Shout! Factory's POISON IVY box set (the sequels were DTV) seeing the light of day so far. There have been no four-disc Shannon Tweed collections, no NIGHT EYES box sets, and no ANIMAL INSTINCTS or MIRROR IMAGES or IN THE HEAT OF PASSION double feature sets. Once in a while, one just suddenly appears, and just out on Blu-ray from MVD (because physical media is dead) is SNAPDRAGON, which hit video stores in December 1993 courtesy of Prism Entertainment. SNAPDRAGON was a durable rental title for quite some time, thanks to it fortuitously catching Pamela Anderson right at the moment when she was becoming a pop culture phenomenon and ubiquitous tabloid presence. She'd been a PlayboyPlaymate of the Month in February 1990 and spent some time as the Tool Time Girl on HOME IMPROVEMENT before joining BAYWATCH in 1992 at the start of its third season and becoming the major factor in the show's huge success in syndication. SNAPDRAGON was filmed in 1992 but by the time it was released a year later, she was a household name, giving it a little more of a higher profile among Blockbuster customers than the usual DTV erotic thriller. Unfortunately, it's also one of the tamest of its kind, so much so that it went out with an R rating, and unlike other Prism erotic thrillers from producer Ashok Amritraj, like NIGHT EYES and LAST CALL, it wasn't even explicit enough warrant a hyperbolic "Unrated Version!" plastered on the cover box. The image of a pouty-lipped, scantily-clad Anderson was enough to guarantee interest.