MOVIE REVIEW: LOVE OBJECT 2004
Kenneth Winslow (Desmond Harrington) is a good looking but socially awkward technical writer of manuals. At work, he is constantly harassed by his ball-busting boss Novak (Rip Torn). Kenneth spends most of his free time spying on his kinky neighbor (The fabulous Udo Kier) and visiting porn huts. Enter Lisa Bellmer (Melissa Sagemiller), cute temp hired to work for the company. Too shy to ask Lisa on a date although she is clearly interested, he purchases an anatomically correct, life-sized, $10, 000 doll from an internet-based company which he names "Nikki". Within days, Kenneth swears Nikki is communicating with him, and she then begins to control his life. Nikki "teaches" Kenneth how to communicate with the opposite sex and this gives Kenneth the courage to talk to real-life Lisa. Lisa and Kenneth are paired up to work on a special assignment for the company and spend many long nights together. The assignment is a success and Kenneth makes certain that Lisa is credited as a collaborator. The success of the project results in Kenneth being promoted. It also sparks a romance between the flesh and blood Lisa and Kenneth. Synthetic Nikki becomes jealous of this new relationship. Things take a dark turn when Lisa discovers the doll and upon sight figures out that Nikki was created in her likeness (seems like a compliment to me). She of course wants nothing more to do with Kenneth and goes to great measures to ensure that he doesn't come near her again. This really starts the downward spiral of Kenneth's mental stability (as if he wasn't crazy enough). Here is where the movie turns from love drama to horror movie. No more spoilers from me y'all!
I was cruising the aisles at Hollywood video and stumbled across this film. The cover and synopsis were great so I decided to give it a try. I would classify this as horror but not until the very last half of the movie. This has a Texas Chainsaw Massacre style ending , so I would say not for the squeamish towards the end. Decent acting here from the entire cast, especially considering the absurd subject matter. For me any movie with Udo Kier is worth a peek at....he's one of my favorite creepy cult actors.
VERDICT: 3 Soul Claps
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