This early '90s thriller finds Mark Wahlberg playing crazy as David, a sadistic psycho who ropes rebellious teen Nicole (Reese Witherspoon) into a whirlwind romance that devolves into a nightmare.
All of the typical romance-thriller story beats are here, with David threatening Nicole’s male friends and her over-protective father before gradually stepping up to rape, murder and home invasion, complete with the graphic, wholly unnecessary beheading of the family dog. As Glenn Close taught us in Fatal Attraction, the spurned lover isn’t truly eeeeeeevil until they murder a pet.
But David and his fellow degenerate goons step it up a notch, going so far as to ramp up their scare tactics by, get this, dropping the dog’s head through the doggy door flap. Puns?