The Crush (1993) is an American psychological thriller horror movie that contains romance and drama. Director and writer Alan Shapiro (Flipper (1996), The Christmas Star (1986), Tiger Town (1983)) filmed The Crush on September 24, 1992 through November 20, 1992 in Vancouver, British Columbia. The movie contains sexual references, sexual language, brief nudity, mild violence, suspense, obsession and a deadly killer 14-year-old who is rich, and intelligent to the point where she skipped two grades.
The Crush revolves around Nick Eliot (Cary Elwes - The Princess Bride (1987), Saw (2004), Robin Hood: Men in Tights (1993), Liar Liar (1997)) who is a writer. Nick moved to Seattle, Washington where he secured a job at Pique Magazine and stayed in a guest house. The guest house belongs to Cliff (Kurtwood Smith) and Liv Forrester (Gwynyth Walsh) who has a 14-year-old daughter, Darian. Nick is very handsome and Darian (Alicia Silverstone - Clueless (1995), Batman & Robin (1997), Blast from the Past (1999), Excess Baggage (1997)) began having an intense attraction to Nick. Darian is obsessed with Nick to the point where she sneaked into his room and rewrote one of his Pique stories. Nick is becoming famous around his workplace after his Pique won the attention of his boss and others. The Forresters threw a party for Nick and Darian’s obsession for Nick soon got out of control after she kisses him.
Nick soon realizes that innocent Darian is not so innocent and has a crush on him that is so wrong because of the age difference. Nick soon began dating Amy (Jennifer Rubin - Screamers (1995), A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors (1987), Bad Dreams (1988)) who is his coworker. Nick tried to confide in the Forresters about their daughter’s violent behaviour after she defaced his newly restored car and erased his computer discs. Darian’s friend Cheyenne (Amber Benson) warned Nick about Darian’s violent obsessions. Cheyenne soon met with an accident at school but manages to survive. Darian continues her dangerous fiasco that involves wasps, sexual assault and other disastrous things. The movie entails more events and is worth watching because it shows you how far a deranged little girl can go to get their crush. Parents will believe their daughters, especially if they are innocent and poised in front of their eyes.
The Crush makes you wonder how can a little girl tell so many lies to get into bed with a much older handsome man. Darian will do basically anything and kill anyone in her path so that she can get Nick. She even attacked her father that made him see his baby girl for who she really is, a psycho. The actors did an amazing job with their roles especially Alicia Silverstone and Cary Elwes, who did the best job with their performances and made it convincing. The camera operator did a great job capturing the different angles and scenes. I gave this movie a six because it was a pretty good watch but has a storyline that has been seen many times. It had enough to stand out from the rest, and the dangerous things that Darian did are different from other movies. The movie had flaws and not an original storyline but which movie has an original storyline today? What will happen to Nick? Will he be released from jail for sexually abusing Darian? Will Darian be caught with her schemes and dangerous obsession? Will any of her victims survive? Nick was not the first of her obsessions; she murdered her previous obsession after he denied her.
About The Crush (1993)
Starring: Colin Bain, Jeff Peterson, Richard Blake, Raymond Price, Paul R. Buranosky, Steve Rebarcek, Robert Carson, Chris Rogers, Lexanne Dickerson, Jack Rogers, Nicholas Docter, Megan Shirey, Eric Eatherly, Tom Sinnott, Emily Georges, Willie Thompson, Bryan Huff, Todd Eric Valcourt, Dustin Huff, Michael Zwiener, Brett Chukerman, Margaret Kustermann, Ema Tuennerman, Thad Luckinbill, Weston Mueller, Skyer McKinley, Rengin Altay, Savas Melidis, Reudi Arnold, Aaron Novak
Director: Phillip J. Bartell