And by High School Lover, we mean he’s a dad worried because a creepy older famous guy is dating his high school daughter! Can James Franco stop this true love where age is just a number before things get 1000% Lifetime? Probably not too quickly, or there wouldn’t be a movie!
James Franco (“Why Him?”) returns to Lifetime to executive produce and star in the new thriller, “High School Lover” (#HighSchoolLover), featuring Paulina Singer (“Orange is the New Black”), Francois Arnaud (“The Borgias”) and Julia Jones (“Longmire”).
When 17-year-old Kelly (Singer) hits the town for a wild time with her friends, she isn’t expecting to meet Hollywood’s hottest “it” guy, Christian Booth (Arnaud). After a night of intense flirting, Kelly assumes that she’ll never hear from him again, but she is happily surprised when Christian begins texting her. Despite their age difference, Kelly is smitten with her new crush. Even after Kelly’s father, Rick (Franco), discovers their relationship and forbids Kelly from seeing Christian, nothing will stop her from being with him. But soon Kelly discovers that Christian’s adoration is turning into a dangerous obsession as the truth about his past slowly comes to light. Produced by Elysium Bandini Studios, Franco executives produces along with Vince Jolivette. The script is written by Amber Coney (“Mother, May I Sleep with Danger?”) and Jessica Dube (Smack) and Jerell Rosales (“Life in Black and White”) directs the movie.
Thanks to that blurb for doing most of my job with the cast listing, though I’ll also point out that Lana Condor from the latest X-Men movie is listed in the cast as well. Franco was last doing Lifetime stuff with that lesbian vampire remake of Mother, May I Sleep with Danger? that I should probably get around to finishing the review of. I swear I’ll do the big list of Lifetime films that I need to cover soon!
High School Lover premieres Saturday, February 4th on Lifetime!
I love reading relationship subreddits because of the piles and piles of drama, but one thing that has become a very common problem in recent years is people opening up their relationship and leading it to ruin. (Before I go on, yes, sometimes things work out, but we’re obviously not talking about those rare occasions!) Often, it looks like one partner is pressuring the other into it to get some guilt-free cheating, which isn’t really an open relationship nor respectful to your partner. Occasionally, those stories then flip while the one who was eager for the open relationship strikes out while their reluctant partner is bombarded with hot new partners. Basically, it’s drama city, full of ridiculous and cool stories, and add that to the mix of everything else going on in the relationship forums and…wow!
The next logical step is for these relationships to show up on Lifetime, and here they are with Open Marriage! Let’s bring on the drama…
Becca and Ron’s marriage is in a rut; it’s been months since they’ve been intimate. When their friends Mindy and Max tell them they’ve been experimenting with an open marriage and it’s done wonders, Becca and Ron are reluctant to the idea. But they can’t deny their curiosity and the two couples switch partners for a night of wild pleasure. The spark in Becca and Ron’s marriage has been reignited, and the more they experiment, the more their passion is fueled. But as they spiral into a world where anything goes, heartbreak and betrayal soon follow. As Becca and Ron’s marriage gets worse, a stranger secretly watches them, luring them away from each other. It’s only when their marriage reaches its breaking point that the stalker makes their presence known and paints a twisted fantasy that can only end in bloodshed.
Open marriage betrayal and a stalker who is obviously one of the people in the other couple. It can only be Lifetime!
Open Marriage stars Nikki Leigh (Unlucky Charms), Tilky Jones (Never Back Down), Kelly Dowdle (Big Momma’s House 2), Jason Tobias (The Adventures of Avery & Pete), and Debra Wilson (Knight to F4). It is written by Jason Byers (His only credit) and directed by Sam Irvin (Deadly Skies), and was formally known as To Have and To Kill
Open Marriage premieres Saturday, January 14th on Lifetime!
Just when you thought you were safe from all your stalkers by going inside, one of them has to up the game and live under your bed! That’s the horrifying premise of Lifetime’s latest flick, Under the Bed. Yes, this actually happened in real life and not in the stories you tell at campfires! We all know that truth is stranger than fiction, but then fiction then gets an SVU episode as well as a Lifetime flick, and here we are. This one looks spooktacularly creepy, and has the potential to be even scarier than if monsters or aliens were running around in the house.
What makes this worth knowing about is the director is one of the directors of the original Blair Witch Project, Daniel Myrick, and if the preview is indicative of the whole film, there will be several scenes of creepy POV night footage of the stalker madman just to make everything even more disturbing.
Under the Bed stars Hannah New (Maleficent), Beverly D’Angelo (Harold & Kumar Escape from Guantanamo Bay), Pat Healy (Home Alone 3), Ryan O’Nan (Albion: The Enchanted Stallion), Alexis Krause (Baby Booty Camp), and Toni Garrn (You Are Wanted). It’s directed by Daniel Myrick (The Blair Witch Project), who also scripts it from a story by Richard Halpern (W.M.D.)
Under the Bed premieres Saturday, January 7th on Lifetime!
Unwanted Guest brings that classic story of when you brought your friend home from college only to find out she has a split personality and wants to seduce your father and murder your mother. I mean, we all had that problem at one time or another, and now we can all relive the fond memories with our new Lifetime family!
Although the semester has come to an end, Christine is anything but affable: On the last night of school one of her classmates is found dead on campus, and the police have no suspects in custody. Although her friend Amy was planning to remain on campus for the break, with such an emotional tragedy at hand Christine determines that she should spend the holiday at her home. It’s comfortable in suburbia, but Amy is clearly one to enjoy total control. She quickly asserts herself into the family’s lives, and everyone appears infatuated with the young woman— especially Christine’s father. However, as the police begin to trace the classmate’s death back to Amy, Christine’s house too is plagued with accidents, and before long the home comes fully under Amy’s thumb. Will Christine cage the monster that’s taken her family captive, or is Amy too deadly to be stopped?
Unwanted Guest stars Beth Littleford, Kate Mansi, Ted King, Henderson Wade, and Valentina Novakovic. Oddly enough, I can’t find any other information as to who is the director or writer, and I can’t read the tiny print on the only available poster fro the film on Marvista’s site. Total mysteries are the best mysteries!
Unwanted Guest premieres Saturday, August 27th on Lifetime!
Lifetime breaks out the creepy with Boy in the Attic (formally known as Secrets in the Attic), the story about a boy who secretly lives in a family’s attic, and of course the daughter falls in love with him because drama. Unlike other movies about a weirdo secretly living inside a house, this one might not be a serial killer. Maybe. He’s framed, or so he says! But is he???
The script is by Christine Conradt (from a story by Ken Sanders), which is great because she is the Queen of Lifetime Original Movies, so you know it is going to be full of ridiculous Lifetime tropes and twists!
A teen girl and her mom inherit an old house… but little do they know that a mysterious person is hiding in the attic — a teen boy who has been living there for months. When the girl finally meets the boy, she falls in love with him and agrees to keep his hiding place a secret from everyone, including her mother. But when she finds out that he has been falsely accused of murder, she must decide if she will risk everything to protect him.
Boy in the Attic is directed by Paul Shapiro (Spring Break Shark Attack) and stars Abbie Cobb (The Unauthorized Beverly Hills, 90210 Story), Gina Holden (I Didn’t Kill My Sister), Iain Belcher (Preggoland), and Max Lloyd-Jones (The Unauthorized Beverly Hills, 90210 Story). Yes, that’s right, two actors from The Unauthorized Beverly Hills, 90210 Story reunite and now we can warp reality and make this film into 90210 fanfic! Huzzah!
Boy in the Attic premieres Saturday, August 20th on Lifetime!
Don’t you hate it when you are a politician’s wife and your affair suddenly turns into a dangerous stalker situation that threatens to destroy everything? Lifetime has heard your pain and given us Indiscretion, in which Mira Sorvino deals with the struggle we all go through!
In director John Stewart Muller’s steamy and stylish psychological thriller, Mira Sorvino stars as Veronica, a politician’s wife whose brief affair with a troubled young artist comes back to haunt her when he begins to infiltrate every part of her life. While her husband and daughter are away, New Orleans psychiatrist Veronica Simon enjoys a weekend fling with Victor (Christopher Backus), an alluring young sculptor. But after Veronica calls off the affair, Victor refuses to let go and will stop at nothing to have Veronica for himself. Just how far will Victor go to get what he wants, and is there anything Veronica can do to stop his mad obsession before it destroys her family?
Indiscretion stars Mira Sorvino, Cary Elwes, Christopher Backus, Katherine McNamara, LisaGay Hamilton, and Melora Walters. It is directed by John Stewart Muller (Fling) and written by Laura Boersma (Fling) and John Stewart Muller.
Indiscretion premieres Saturday, July 23rd on Lifetime!