AnnaLynne McCord is an actress who as-of-late is not afraid to play some deeply disturbed and dark characters. Although she is more notably known as the bubbly, free-spirited rich girl Naomi Clark for five seasons of television’s 90210, McCord has been featured in a number of grittier films released by Anchor Bay Entertainment (i.e. Excision, Officer Down) concurrently before the show ended its run in 2013.
Before beginning her stint on another upgraded television show, Dallas in 2014, McCord can next be seen in Scorned (set for DVD release by Anchor Bay on February 4, 2014), playing another deranged character named Sadie. After discovering a series of lusty text messages between her boyfriend (Titanic’s Billy Zane) and best friend (Spartacus’ Viva Bianca), Sadie sets them both up for a night of capture, torment and psycho-sexual games under her watch.
This erotic-thriller film could be construed as a remake of sorts to the 1994 steamy movie of the same name that starred Shannon Tweed (aka Mrs. Gene Simmons) as a widow looking for revenge of those she blames for the death of her husband (which was itself a sexy copy of 1992’s The Hand That Rocks The Cradle). Although it shares the title, this version of Scorned has no similarities to the original, except maybe the thematic content.
Scorned is intended as an erotic guilty pleasure (not surprising since it`s directed by Leprechaun`s Mark Jones), but the only element perhaps worth the runtime is McCord`s performance. As Sadie, McCord continues to prove her capabilities playing crazy, even if the movie itself is a horrendous one to watch (from the laughable editing, silly sub-plots and hammy acting).
The DVD edition of Scorned is fairly bare bones. The movie is presented in a 1.78:1 anamorphic presentation, with a good standard picture image although viewers will notice some strong black levels and grain similar to watching classic horror films of the 1980`s. The film contains a Dolby Digital 5.1 track that does not have many opportunities to shine, but is effective in some surprise instances (like when Sadie uses a gun on an unsuspecting victim). The disc houses no special features to support the feature.
It`s unfortunate that McCord continues to appear in this string of bizarre and gritty films because her talent exceeds the content in most cases, but I give her kudos for adding a least some kind of weight to the piece. But the bottom line is Scorned is far from a good movie and even far from a so-bad-its-good DVD movie which was clearly the intent. Hopefully somewhere down the line, she can find a dark role in a more credible movie to sink her teeth into.