Poison Ivy 3: The New Seduction (1997) from Johnny Web (Uncle Scoopy; Greg Wroblewski)

This series sure 'nuff made a right turn after the opening film. The first one was a stylish erotic thriller with very little nudity, about a girl who slowly ingratiates herself into a family for the purpose of taking over, doing whatever was necessary to eliminate any obstacles in her way. It had a spooky elegance, and featured Drew Barrymore as the jailbait turned serial killer.

The last two decided that you couldn't repeat that formula, because nobody would watch the same gimmick again, so they spiced it up with plenty of nudity. Alyssa Milano played the lead in number two, and Jaime Pressly took over for number three.

This time it's Poison Violet, Ivy's sister, who is the resident psychotic.

There's not much need to go over the plot. A rich family did something to Jaime when she was little. In her mind, they ruined her perfect girlhood when her slutty housekeeper mom was booted out of the house she was working in, on the grounds of slatternly behavior.

So mom's two young daughters ended up living as trailer trash instead of the dreamlike rich existence they had previously shared with the family as virtual sisters. Years later, Jaime wants revenge for this imagined injustice, so she shows up to reignite her sisterly love for the daughter, while seducing the dad, and killing everyone in the way.


Athena Massey appears topless in the beginning flashback.

Jaime Pressly is naked several times, but there is no direct full-frontal.

Greg Vaughn shows his behind in a sex scene with Pressly.

Actually, she doesn't kill them right away. First she tells everyone a lot of lies which causes a lot of pain, like a diva in a nighttime soap opera.

Then she gets down to exacting her fearsome revenge.

First she gets revenge by taking some baths. Then her fiendish plot leads her to skinny dip. Then she has some sex. In fact, pretty much her entire scheme consists of getting naked. My kind of plot.

Oh, yeah, although it is not relevant to the plot, she appears to be a dominatrix prostitute in her spare time. It is not explained how a woman can arrive in an upper-class neighborhood from out of state and within a day or two be getting calls for specialized fantasy services. Hell, it isn't even explained how she got phone service that soon. I guess she has an excellent advertising agency. I take it back about the relevance. It was pretty much relevant to the plot. I forgot momentarily that the plot consisted of Jaime getting naked, and this profession allowed her to first wear leather and metal, then get naked.

Finally, when nudity isn't enough, she kills the boyfriend and the housekeeper so she can have the dad and sis as her family. But dad isn't that enthusiastic about her. He sleeps with her a few times, then wants out, so she kills him. Then she and sis have the final epic struggle for the fate of the demesne, like Arthur and Mordred on Camlann Plain.

You long-term readers know that I think Jaime is really sexy, with a perfect behind, but her acting skills were rudimentary back in 1997. A lot of her lines were expressionless when they were meant to be suggestive or threatening. Her facial expressions were either confusingly inappropriate, or exaggerated petulant schtick. What can you say? She was a rookie. Does it matter? Look at her, for heaven's sake.

What else do you need to know? It's basically a softcore.

The women are beautiful. Way above average for a softcore. Athena Massey and Jaime Pressly are the only women who get naked. Neither shows her pubes. Athena is pretty and has a great chest. Jaime has a really sexy body. I think our polls voted her one of the best behinds in existence, and her natural breasts are superb, just the right size, and as yet unaffected by gravity.

There's nothing imaginative or explicit or very well presented in the sex or nudity. The exposure and eroticism is below average for a soft-core. The nudity is basically all from one woman, albeit a gorgeous one, and it is not that explicit.

DVD info from Amazon.

No features, but four versions of the film. Choose r-rated or unrated, choose widescreen letterboxed 1.85, or standard 1.33.

the DVD quality is mediocre to poor. Some motionless outdoor scenes look OK, but the scenes in darkness or with a lot of motion are blurred and/or noisy.

The plot and acting are so-so for a softcore. Unlike the first one in the series, you wouldn't watch it if it had no nudity, although there is some suggestive dialogue which is kinda cute.

The technical aspects are good for a softcore. Lighting and sound are at the level of a competent Hollywood movie.

IMDb viewers rate it very low, and I think they are measuring it by the standard of real films, as opposed to the standards of softcore erotica. As a film in general, it is way below average. Take the same film and trim the nudity for broadcast TV, and it would be as bad as the ratings indicate. Worse.

On the other hand, by the softcore entertainment standards, as detailed above, it's average. And it would be above average if Jaime had turned around in some of her nude scenes.

The Critics Vote

  • Two stars. Apollo 49/100

The People Vote ...

  • With their votes ... IMDB summary: IMDb voters score it a dreadful 4.4, Apollo users a more impressive 73/100.
  • no theatrical release
My guideline: A means the movie is so good it will appeal to you even if you hate the genre. B means the movie is not good enough to win you over if you hate the genre, but is good enough to do so if you have an open mind about this type of film. C means it will only appeal to genre addicts, and has no crossover appeal. D means you'll hate it even if you like the genre. E means that you'll hate it even if you love the genre. F means that the film is not only unappealing across-the-board, but technically inept as well.

Based on this description, this film is a C by the standards of soft-core erotica.

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