Friday, April 5, 2013

Made-For-TV Movie Vault: Twisted Desire (1996)

Lifetime-y Tagline: Nothing can come between a girl and her true love...except maybe murder.

Starring (aka: famous people you may know): Melissa Joan Hart as the naughty, manipulative Jennifer. Daniel Baldwin as Jennifer's controlling, dickhead of a dad. David Lascher as the boy that Jennifer desires to be with. FUN FACT: David has connections with Melissa Joan Hart during her future Sabrina, the Teenage Witch days, too! Oh, and he was in Hey Dude! 

Lifetime Movie Cliche Attached: Daughter kills parents to be with boyfriend. 

Plot: Jennifer has parents - mainly her dad - who doesn't let her do anything -  won't let her go to parties, dress in skimpy clothes, see her friends, etc, basically "ruining her life." Her mother doesn't seem to be too bad, but apparently isn't strong enough to stand up to the dad's controlling ways. Jennifer meets this kid at a gas station and immediately sees him as a way to get what she wants. What does she want? To be with Brad and be rid of her parents. So... the best way to do that of course is to seduce gas station boy and convince him to kill her parents! CLEARLY! She throws in some accusations and a few "its the only way we can be together" and gas station boy does just that. Immediately after the death of her parents, Jennifer's true colors start to show. Surprisingly, Melissa Joan Hart plays bad really well. I never would have thought so since she is most known for being sweet Clarissa and Sabrina! In the end, the audience is able to see how well this Jennifer character set gas station boy up since the very beginning which makes you want to slap her in the face even more! 

The REAL Lifetime story: Apparently this movie was based on the 1990 murders of 14-year-old Jessica Wiseman's parents. The murderer and Jessica's boyfriend in this story was Douglas Christopher Thomas who was put to death by lethal injection in 2000. Jessica was tried as a juvenile and was released at the age of 21.

There's another story that sticks out too, however, occurred in 2003, but has been featured on shows such as Snapped and Deadly Women. That involved Sarah Johnson, 16, who murdered her parents because they disapproved of her relationship with her 19-year-old boyfriend. She was sentenced to two consecutive life terms, plus fifteen for firearm enhancement.

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