Stalked by My Doctor: The Return
Written and directed by Doug Campbell
When last we left Dr. Beck, he was fleeing from unjust prosecution just because he kidnapped and faked the death of a teenager in order to rape her as part of an obsessed stalking spree. A simple misunderstanding, for sure, but for now he’s hiding out in Acapulco, Mexico under the name Dr. Victor Slauson and getting rejected by the visiting ladies his own age, as his lame pickup lines don’t work on them. Fate intervenes again and Dr. Beck is on the beach when an young girl almost drowns, and due to his doctor skills he is able to save her life. He also begins a new obsession, and we’re back on the Lifetime train!
Stalked By My Doctor was great lifetime fun that was full of twists and turns, punctuated by the amazing Eric Roberts bringing to life a character with obvious issues that becomes deadly obsessed with younger women. The fact that Roberts can make such a reprehensible character charismatic to the point where you feel sorry for him is a testament to the man’s acting chops and to the writing and directing from Doug Campbell.
Dr. Beck’s obsession with the young Amy Watkins (Claire Blackwelder) is enough to energize him to return to the states to track her down. He’s almost immediately attacked by Amy’s boyfriend Garth (Mark Grossman), but Beck is able to charm his way through the ordeal and even convince Amy that he’s really after a date with her mother, Linda (Hilary Greer). Linda doesn’t go out much, still mourning the death of her husband a few years back. But some insistence from Amy finally causes her to give him a chance, and Beck manages to make all the right moves to sound like the perfect guy. We all know it is just an excuse for him to be around Amy more, and soon things begin to get creepy, relationships begin to get strained, and the Lifetime twists and turns go into overdrive!
Stalked By My Doctor: The Return manages to keep the same formula also make it different enough that you barely know it is a sequel. The change of focus and Beck’s bigger plans of sabotage and seduction turn things much more tense, and as this family is just some newcomers, there really isn’t any guarantee that they won’t all end up with horrible fates. The sequel also ups the ante on Beck’s delusions, at first you don’t realize what is happening and then you start to see that we have entered inside Beck’s mind and then the fantasies go beyond bonkers and keep going! While I don’t want to give too much away, there is a scene with a black and white movie playing that is just amazing, the entire concept fits perfectly and is so creative it puts the normal Lifetime films to shame. The fantasies begin to make you question reality as the film itself becomes an unreliable narrator. Is the ending what actually happened, or is it the idealized ending and things are much more dark? The beauty is we won’t know, and it doesn’t matter, because it’s Dr. Beck being Dr. Beck.
Dr. Beck may be a crazed doctor on the run and searching for love, but this entry in the franchise is a can’t-miss Lifetime film that you will be talking about for years. Is there any wonder why they brought Beck back again? For any Lifetime fan, the Stalked By My Doctor series is required viewing!
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