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      We Kill for Love

      2023 2h 43m Documentary List
      88% Tomatometer 16 Reviews We Kill for Love goes in search of the forgotten world of the direct-to-video erotic thriller, an American film genre that once dominated late night cable television and the shelves of neighborhood video stores. Through interviews with the many directors, writers, and actors who fanned the flames of this sexy subgenre, to academics and film historians whose books have explored its mysteries, this documentary explores the erotic thriller from its origins in film noir to its heyday during the 1980s and 90s home video explosion. Told with humor and tact and accompanied by hundreds of illustrative clips from DTV erotic thrillers, We Kill for Love balances film art with film scholarship as it pulls back the curtain to reveal the heart and soul of a forgotten and often maligned film movement. Read More Read Less

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      Ben Kenigsberg New York Times There’s something tough to resist about how “We Kill for Love” rescues works from the shadows. Aug 31, 2023 Full Review Dennis Harvey 48 Hills It takes an extraordinarily long amount of time to say very little that’s incisive about a genre that cries to be addressed as a guilty pleasure—or not addressed at all. Sep 19, 2023 Full Review Jeffrey M. Anderson Combustible Celluloid 'We Kill for Love' has found uncharted territory in film criticism and proved that, even though this genre has been seen as trash, it actually has merit. Rated: 4/4 Sep 16, 2023 Full Review Dan Tabor Cinapse We Kill for Love is a masterclass in the sub-genre that is as much a languished love letter, as it is a dissertation on what made the erotic thriller the juggernaut it once was. Sep 10, 2023 Full Review Stephen Silver The SS Ben Hecht There are some fascinating insights shared, although I'd say the subject was much better explored elsewhere. Rated: 2.5/5 Sep 7, 2023 Full Review Sean Burns North Shore Movies Enjoyable, if egregiously overlong. Sep 6, 2023 Full Review Read all reviews

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      Movie Info

      Synopsis We Kill for Love goes in search of the forgotten world of the direct-to-video erotic thriller, an American film genre that once dominated late night cable television and the shelves of neighborhood video stores. Through interviews with the many directors, writers, and actors who fanned the flames of this sexy subgenre, to academics and film historians whose books have explored its mysteries, this documentary explores the erotic thriller from its origins in film noir to its heyday during the 1980s and 90s home video explosion. Told with humor and tact and accompanied by hundreds of illustrative clips from DTV erotic thrillers, We Kill for Love balances film art with film scholarship as it pulls back the curtain to reveal the heart and soul of a forgotten and often maligned film movement.
      Director
      Anthony Penta
      Screenwriter
      Anthony Penta
      Genre
      Documentary
      Original Language
      English
      Runtime
      2h 43m