Single White Female (1992)

One of the strongest examples of the “roommate from Hell” subgenre of 1990s thrillers, Barbet Schroeder’s “Single White Female” is similar to Roman Polanski’s “Rosemary’s Baby,” using its unique setting to set the tone for a gloriously melodramatic and entirely effective thriller. The interior design is visually striking and evocative, making early 1990s New York seem like a marvel of charm and lived-in character, while both Bridget Fonda and Jennifer Jason Leigh tear into their respective roles with gusto, delivering the type of compelling performances that leave an impression on even the most passive viewer. This is definitely a memorable blockbuster that has stood the test of time, largely thanks to the performances and a pulse-pounding, surprisingly grisly climax.

Rating: ★★★★ (out of 5)

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