The Rabid Dog’s House is a recurring feature at Wicked Horror where contributor Justin Steele uncovers hidden gems, lost classics, and overlooked indie offerings with a little bite. Flying solo or with his co-host Zena Dixon, he will discuss an array of topics covering film, literature, and television. Check out the latest installment below. In this episode we’re looking back at 1991’s Deceived!
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Deceived is directed by Damian Harris and follows Adrienne (Goldie Hawn), a restorative artist with the perfect life. She has a career that she loves, the perfect husband (John Heard), and an adorable daughter (Ashley Peldon). Her happily ever after comes to a screeching halt after a tragic accident shatters Adrienne’s world. Unfortunately, this tragic accident is only the beginning of how wrong Adrienne was about her perfect life, and everything she thought she knew was a lie. Piece after piece of a puzzle begins to emerge threatening all that Adrienne has left in her life. In order to keep the remaining pieces that she holds dear, Adrienne must solve this mystery before it is too late.
Deceived offers all the best of what horror audiences enjoy in a 1990s thriller with an engaging mystery full of twists and turns. Furthermore, this feature contains excellent performances by stars Goldie Hawn and John Heard. Hawn’s performance is a pleasing surprise, as the actress is primarily known for her comedic skills; however, she delivers a subtle but sound performance as Adrienne without losing any of the natural charisma that draws audiences into the role. Ultimately, this makes film more terrifying, as we become invested in Adrienne’s plight throughout this 90s thriller.