CANNON MONTH 2: Out of Control (1992)

Also known as Over the Line, this late Cannon movie was directed by Robert Barrett, who is really Roberto D’Ettorre Piazzoli, the cinematographer of Beyond the DoorTentacles and many many more, joined by the director of so many of those movies, Ovidio G. Assonitis, who had become the second major stockholder chairman and CEO of Cannon Pictures Inc.

Elaine Patterson (Lesley-Anne Down) is a teacher at a prison outreach program who ends up having a conjugal visit with one of her jailhouse pupils, Dial (John Enos III). She breaks things off when they get too intense; his ex-girlfriend Kandi (Lady B. Pearl) raps about the pain of losing him; he goes after Elaine for shutting down the road to Pound Town.

When Tomas Arana and Michael Parks are both in your movie, you’re doing things right. I mean, this is the kind of movie you’d watch scrambled on Cinemax in the early 90s or sneak rent at a mom and pop shop when you’re too young to walk in the double doors into the dirty side of video rental.

Written by William Clark and Fabio Piccioni (Murder Syndrome), this is a movie that dares to have a scene where Lesley-Anne Down writes “I will prevail” in the sand after all she’s been through. Perhaps we should wonder why she — in a position of power as a teacher — can seemingly be the heroine despite having an inappropriate relationship with one of her students. Ah, 1992, life was simpler and sleazier then.

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