Seduced and Betrayed (1995) Susan Lucci, David Charvet, Mary Ellen Trainor, Peter Donat, Gabrielle Carteris Movie Review

Seduced and Betrayed (1995)   3/53/53/53/53/5

Susan Lucci in Seduced and Betrayed (1995)

Victoria Landers a Hunky Contractor

Victoria Landers (Susan Lucci - Between Love and Hate) is the sort of woman who when she sets her sights on having something she gets what she wants. Unfortunately for happily married handyman, Dan Hiller (David Charvet - The Perfect Teacher), her sights are firmly set on him. It all started with a car accident and before Dan knew it he was working for her, doing improvements to her large home. But whilst Dan can't ignore that Victoria is a sexy woman who is intentionally flirting with him he ends up falling for her charms leading to a night of passion. Immediately realising his mistake Dan tries to bring and end to things, including working for Victoria, but he soon discovers to his cost what sort of woman Victoria is as she makes life difficult for him.

Oh that sexy seductive sound of 1990s thrillers, you know the sort of oozing musical score which filled the likes of "Basic Instinct" and "Body of Evidence". Well "Seduced and Betrayed" has that exact same sound, the wandering piano backed up by an orchestra which screams sex and danger, yes there is even some hot sax thrown in there as well. Unfortunately everything about "Seduced and Betrayed" is that familiar except with it being a made for TV movie it lacks the budget and finesse of a big screen movie.

David Charvet in Seduced and Betrayed (1995)

What that really means is that the first half of "Seduced and Betrayed" is all about Victoria seducing Dan; acting sexy, rubbing herself with ice cubes and generally making it incredibly obvious she wants to get into bed with the handsome contractor. It is sadly so full on that it ends up cheesy rather than seductive, although kind of amusing for being such. But then the second half with Victoria turning nasty after Dan tries to free himself of her is just as typical and cheesy, especially when watched now more than 20 years after this sort of movie was all the rage.

Now Susan Lucci and David Charvet as well as Gabrielle Carteris, who plays Dan's wife, are likeable actors but their characters in this are extremely generic. It means that any attempt to bring depth to their characters is slim, as slim as the storyline itself which turns the movie into just the basics of seduction, infidelity and consequences.

What this all boils down to is that "Seduced and Betrayed" is just a made for TV semi erotic thriller which goes through the paces but ends up generic and far too often cheesy.