'Thrillers 4 in 1 Collection' [2-Disc]
(Stacey Oristano, Brea Grant, Daniel Lewis, Erin Cahill, Wes Brown, et al / 2-DVD / NR / 2019 / Mill Creek Entertainment)
Overview: Love, betrayal, revenge and remorse. Everyone's a suspect when passions run high and the results are deadly in this thrill-a-minute four-movie collection.
DVD Verdict: 'Status Unknown' (2014, NR) - Stacey Oristano, Stephen Colletti, Bea Grant, and Hilty Bowen.
Three friends reconnect at their high school reunion, and agree to stay in better touch with one another. This works out well initially, but when two of the friends start noticing odd updates they begin to suspect something might be very wrong.
In truth, this is a very confusing drama where a woman tries to find out what happened to a fellow classmate that she had met at a high school reunion.
Indeed the picture is rather benign for the first 15 minutes, and you may led to be believed that this is going to be another type of high school reunion film. That was not the case.
Instead, we are led to a case where the husband claims that his wife has gone off to Hawaii. Our nosy friend enlists the help of her boyfriend in seeing what really happened to the girl; or should I say his wife.
They're not exactly Nick and Nora Charles on 'The Thin Man' fame, but their insistence that something is amiss pays off.
Was the husband really involved? Did the girl who loved him from childhood actually do him a favor? Who was the other lady? These questions needed to be answered. Especially was there collusion?
Then again, maybe I misread it all and you'll find these answers do reveal themselves.
'Nanny Seduction' (2017, NR) - Wes Brown, Erin Cahill, Valerie Azlynn, and Austin Highsmith. Ben and Kara Turling are a couple and have an adopted daughter-Riley. Ben is trying to gain the trust of his wife back after cheating on her some time ago.
A part of Kara is willing to trust Ben again while another part of her is reluctant to do so, especially whenever he returns home late from work.
One night, their daughter Riley gets kidnapped and in the process of trying to know who the perpetrator is, another hidden secret of Ben is revealed.
Would this secret tear the couple apart or will it make them stronger?
So, basically put, a couple who adopted a girl are looking for a nanny. Unfortunately the nanny turns out to be a psycho one night stand of the husband whom he doesn't recognize at first till she starts coming on to him!
How didn't he recognize here? Well, she dyed her hair!
The birth mother also tries to establish contact with the daughter so things escalate when the nanny kidnaps the girl, of course.
The story is a little predictable and dragged out with the crazy nanny character a little one dimensional. Like, crazy without a reason, I guess.
Austin Highsmith does well enough though as the adoptive mother with Wes Brown's role as the once unfaithful, but now fully repentant husband tied in nicely.
'Did I Kill My Mother?' (2018, NR) - Megan Park, Austin Highsmith, Dane Rhodes, Stephen Colletti, and Miles Doleac. A year after her father's unsolved, suspicious murder, a young woman's mother is found dead in the home they both live in.
The police think she may be the murderer, and she and her friends have to prove her innocence, while they dig deeper into the real killer's hidden life.
So, what we have here is Natalie (Megan Park) scoring 160 on her LSAT the night her father has an accident and dies.
So instead of going to college for law, Natalie goes to a different kind of bar were she meets her friend … Jack Daniels (for a year!)
Natalie's mom is murdered the night they had an argument with Natalie being a loud obnoxious drunk and so is now suspect number one, of course.
However, Natalie now believes the deaths were connected and where the film is admittedly light on suspects and clues, the best clue comes from the ominous soundtrack about midway through the film when a certain person is on the screen (which might as well has been the Darth Vader theme song!)
'A Deadly Affair' (2017, NR) - Valerie Azlynn, Alan Powell, Luke Edwards, and Austin Highsmith. Suspecting her husband of having an affair, a woman trails him to the house he's been renovating only to discover he's dead. As the investigation unfolds, things are not always as they seem.
In yet another very interesting, but familiar plot with two couples whose spouses are cheating with the other, we leastly get 'A Deadly Affair'.
When one is found murdered, attention immediately shifts to his school librarian wife. She gets help from a female lawyer friend whose husband had once made advances to her.
We have the suspicious sister-in-law, but a very understanding mother-in-law.
Now, I'm pretty darn sure that the plot is given away at the school board meeting when the teacher whose husband was killed is placed on forced administrative leave, but I'll leave that one to you to "see" (nor not). These are all Widescreen Presentations (1.78:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs.