Saturday, June 26, 2010

Favorite Lifetime Movie-Like Dramas

I have a guilty pleasure and that's dramas focusing on spouse abuse or teenagers getting stabbed. Some of them are Lifetime movies and the rest are usually shown there. Here's some of my favorites:

A Cry For Help: The Tracy Thurman Story
- I love this movie. It stars Nancy McKeon and Dale Midkiff and is based on a true story of a woman who was almost killed by her husband while the police did nothing. Very shocking when you see what Buck did to Tracy.

Provoked - This is another true story with Aishwarya Rai and Naveen Andrews about a woman in India who murders her abusive husband. If you buy it make sure it's the English speaking version or else you'll have to learn Hindi.

The Burning Bed - An oldie but goody. I wanted to slap the husband's parents who witnessed the abuse and ignored it.

Death of a Cheerleader - How can you go wrong with Tori Spelling and Kellie Martin? This one was an NBC movie in 1994 but it's shown on Lifetime quite often.

Shattered Innocence - The true story (aren't they all here so far?) but fictionalized account of the porn star Shauna Grant, who committed suicide in 1984. I love this movie so much that I had to resort to alternative means to get it since it's not on DVD. Same thing with the Tracy Thurman story.

Bully - This one is true as well and was a real movie, not a made-for-TV movie. It stars the deceased Brad Renfro, Nick Stahl and Rachel Miner. It's set in Florida and depicts some friends that murder another friend who is a bully. Very intense stuff and not for young viewers at all.

The Girl Next Door - I'm seeing a trend here. This one is true but where there is a more realistic account of what happened this one is more "sensationalized" but I liked it best to be honest. This is about the torture of Sylvia Likens and her sister and took place in the 1960's. Hard to watch so I've seen it twice ever. Interestingly, the mother in the film and the torturer is the same girl/woman who played Molly Ringwald's sister in Sixteen Candles.

I bet I am forgetting one of my favorites but these are a few for now. I should do a post on movies you can't get on DVD and have to find elsewhere.

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