5 Romantic Thrillers 'Killing Eve's' Villanelle Would Approve OfFebruary 14, 2019
Heard in the office: "Valentine's Day is here again?? Already!?" Yep, it is. For some reason this Hallmark holiday stirs up a bunch of emotions for both loved-up couples and singletons alike. But, let's think about it this way, would Killing Eve's Villanelle (Jodie Comer) lose any sleep over whether or not she had plans? That is a flat-out, "Hell no."
The below roundup of killer-thrillers might help gauge expectations going into the evening and shake off any V-Day scaries.
1. Elle (2016)
French actress Isabelle Huppert stars in the revenge drama Elle, for which she won the 2016 Golden Globe Award for Best Actress in a Motion Picture, Drama. Early in the film, Elle is a victim of a home invasion attack, and shockingly she doesn't tell anyone. It's almost as if she thinks, if nobody knows, it didn't happen. She goes about life apparently unfazed, possibly blocking out the attack for her own sake. She moves on with life, pursuing a romantic relationship with her married neighbor. But, be careful who you trust... Elle can take a page out of Villanelle's diary — she trusts no one.
2. Gone Girl (2014)
2015's Gone Girl stars Rosamund Pike and Ben Affleck, who play a seemingly happy married couple, living a dream life in NYC. Their marriage begins to crumble when they make a huge life change, rather rushed, and move to Missouri. The story is told in flashbacks, alternating between two narrators, both Amy (Pike) and Nick (Affleck), but their versions of the story aren’t always the same. As the title foreshadows, Amy goes missing, and as it happens in real life, the husband is usually the first to be questioned. Villanelle is quite good at making herself unseen, which is a desirable trait when working as a killer-for-hire.
3. A Perfect Murder (1998)
Michael Douglas plays a wealthy Wall Street speculator in A Perfect Murder, opposite Gwyneth Paltrow. When he discovers his wife (Paltrow) is having an affair with a younger man, rather than trying to win her back... he recruits the lover to get rid of her. He thinks he's come up with the perfect murder. His over-confidence, and under-estimation of his wife, may be his undoing. It's kind of like when Villanelle's handler Konstantin (Kim Bodnia) leaves her in a prison to rot. Never underestimate the ability of a psychopath; she figures her way out and turns the tables on him.
4. Basic Instinct (1992)
Sharon Stone portrays crime novelist Catherine Trammel in Basic Instinct. She finds herself as part of a murder investigation and ends up romantically entangled with the lead detective (Michael Douglas). Trammel is a successful and independent woman, which may be what puts her on people's radar. Her motives are constantly being questioned, rather than being recognized for her decisiveness. She has a lot in common with Villanelle, always in control of the situation, whether the other person knows it or not.
5. Fatal Attraction (1987)
Glenn Close plays a stalk-tress by the name of Alex Forrest in Fatal Attraction, opposite Michael Douglas (yes, he pops up again!). The two have a one-night stand, but apparently the terms were not discussed in advance. While Douglas' married character went back to his family, Forrest got it in her head they were going to couple-up. For the most part, Villanelle is not attached to anyone, which gives her freedom to move about and do what she wants with pure abandonment. But, there is one person who gives Villanelle pep in her step.
She is fascinated by MI6 agent Eve Polastri (Sandra Oh) who is tracking the murderess. When it comes to stalking, Villanelle is a master. For example, stealing Polastri's luggage and then sending it to Eve repacked with elegant, pricey clothing of her liking. Or, an even better example, showing up at Eve's home for dinner, very much uninvited.
If that weren't enough evidence to prove our point, check out the just released (February 14) trailer for Killing Eve season two, featuring Skylar Grey’s cover of "Addicted to Love," premiering on BBC America on April 7 at 8/7c.
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In Villanelle's own words, as heard in the above, "Sometimes when you love someone, you do crazy things."
We're going to borrow the true crime podcast My Favorite Murder's sign-off, "Stay Sexy, Don't Get Murdered."
With that in mind — Happy Valentine's Day!! Let us know what you get up to... or, don't get up to.