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Twisted Desire (1996)

A teenage girl convinces a young, love-struck ex-con that the only way they can be together is to do away with her domineering parents. Based on actual events.


Craig R. Baxley


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Melissa Joan Hart ... Jennifer Stanton
Daniel Baldwin ... William Stanton
Jeremy Jordan ... Nick Ryan
Meadow Sisto Meadow Sisto ... Karen Winkler
Kurt Fuller ... Det. Becker
David Lascher ... Brad
Eric Laneuville ... Det. Daniels
Collin Wilcox Paxton ... Rose Stanton (as Collin Wilcox-Paxton)
Isabella Hofmann ... Susan Stanton
Rasool J'Han Rasool J'Han ... Bobbi
Deborah Hobart ... Trish Winkler
Edith Ivey ... Marjorie Ryan
Joe Inscoe Joe Inscoe ... State Prosecutor
Andrew Masset ... Patrick Felks
Erica Galadon Erica Galadon ... Emma


A teenage girl convinces a young, love-struck ex-con that the only way they can be together is to do away with her domineering parents. Based on actual events. Written by Anonymous

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Nothing can come between a girl and her true love... except maybe murder.


Crime | Drama







Release Date:

13 May 1996 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Incitation au meurtre See more »

Filming Locations:

Charleston, South Carolina, USA See more »

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1.33 : 1
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This is the true story of Jessica Wiseman and Christopher Thomas the events took place on November 10th 1990 in Virginia See more »


Jennifer Stanton: You should have herd them last night, I've got to get out of here.
Karen Winkler: Jen, what is this, Escape from Alcatraz? Will you please stop stressing?
Jennifer Stanton: They want to throw him back in jail!
Karen Winkler: Well, your dad's car is pretty trashed.
Jennifer Stanton: We don't know he did that. Karen, I gotta get out of here, I gotta talk to him.
Karen Winkler: No, no way. Aren't you in enough trouble already?
Jennifer Stanton: I won't be gone long.
Karen Winkler: Are you nuts? You're mom's downstairs, what if your father comes home?
Jennifer Stanton: Well, I thought we could always count on each other?
Karen Winkler: Why am...
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References Escape from Alcatraz (1979) See more »


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20 January 2003 | by fordprefect42-0See all my reviews

First of all it was fun seeing the star of angsty-but-nice teen programmes "Clarissa" and "Sabrina the Teenage Witch" playing a MURDEROUS PSYCHOPATH!!!! I'm not awfully sure if she was completely suited to this role, but maybe I was just biased after being used to the full extent of Melissa-Joan Hart's evil being a proclamation of "Ferguson you dork!" followed by an imaginary dream sequence in which she's the President and he's not. Or something.

Back to the movie itself, apart from the fact that the plot twists tended to stand on the not-to-distant horizon wearing flashing signs that read "I AM A PLOT TWIST", the course of events at least made sense and actually turned out to be rather credible. To his credit, the bloke playing her father almost made me want to murder him myself, especially when he showed up to the party and dragged her off before she could make it with that guy. He was annoying, over-bearing and probably the father from hell (for an American teenage girl).

I won't give away any more of the plot in case Melissa-Joan's many adoring fans want to watch this film without knowing what's going to happen; though I challenge anyone not to work the whole thing out by about 15 minutes into the movie!

Overall, I saw the beginning, kept watching and didn't switch it off. That's the main reason why I'm recommending it. My attention span is short, but for some reason it stayed with this film. I can't quite explain why (maybe Sabrina put a spell on me), but if you ever see it on TV and there's nothing else to do, you might as well give it a go.

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