18 June 2024
The Fourth Man (1983)
103 min.
Directed by Paul Verhoeven.
With Jereon Krabbe, Renee Soutendijk,Thom Hoffmann, Dolf De Vries.
One of director Paul Verhoeven's best Dutch films, this blasphemous thriller has Krabbe as a gay religious-fanatic writer who shacks up with sexy three-time widow Soutendijk to get closer to her boyfriend Hoffmann.

...but what happened to her three husbands?

Audacious to say the least, with bizarre imagery and explicit sex and violence aplenty.

Seems to combine the best elements of Brian De Palma, Alfred Hitchcock, Roman Polanski, and Dario Argento (to name a few). Formulaic, "Oh, I get it" plot structure is a little pretentious, but strangely satisfying film is far superior to the better-known Basic Instinct.

Watch out for those scissors!

Also known as De Vierde Man.

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