But of course, it did not. And the love for this cult film lives on. Only last year, The Last Seduction featured in the BFI’s ‘Playing the Bitch’ season, alongside Gone Girl and Death Becomes Her. When I chose to discuss The Last Seduction in an episode of Girls On Film podcast, I had an unusually rapturous response from my younger film critic guests. “Fiorentino in this film is Barbara Stanwyck and Bette Davis and Lauren Bacall and Veronica Lake wrapped into one, with some weaponry,” raved Pamela Hutchinson. “It’s neo-noir and it shows how one of the most interesting spaces for female-led film has been reinterpretations of film noir where you give women more agency in the film.” As Kramer says, “I don’t think I’ve ever been part of anything [else] like that.”
So where are the cast and crew now? Fiorentino appeared in Men in Black and Dogma but has largely dropped out of the public eye – her last movie was 2009’s Once More with Feeling. Berg became a Hollywood director, making macho films such as Friday Night Lights, Battleship and Deepwater Horizon. Pullman is still busy acting with that mischievous glint in his eye. Dahl directs in television, while Kramer is a writer and producer. After The Last Seduction, she went to work at Fox, where she hired Barancik to write two screenplays – both “amazing”. Fox decided not to make either. The man who created Bridget Gregory went on to write children’s books, and modestly says, “I’m just a former screenwriter who teaches school in Tucson, Arizona.” But he will always have The Last Seduction – and so will we.
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