Bizarre Erotic Thriller “Night Games!” Starring Ferris Bueller’s MOTHER! Actress Cindy Pickett’s Disastrous Sex Kitten Debut!

First of all, let’s celebrate the great career of Cindy Pickett – she’s been on daytime soaps, primetime TV, and lots of films as well.

She still works steadily – but I wonder if she wishes this never happened:

The “Night Games” Debacle!

It is always a dangerous marketing gamble to announce the arrival of a new “Sex Kitten” – audiences make that decision, not marketers, and this 1980 film is a perfect example.

For reasons probably “lost to time”, Pickett sought to broaden her “range” by starring in an ill-conceived “erotic thriller”, choosing to do nude scenes that are anything but erotic:

Here’s the plot of “Night Games”: A Californian housewife is terrified of having sex because of a past assault. When this phobia threatens to destroy her marriage, she takes refuge in a series of erotic fantasies about a masked man. But is it really all just a fantasy?

What a misguided attempt to create erotic drama in the most stilted, uninteresting way. And with no disrespect to Pickett, the Director has found a way to make her completely “UN-EROTIC!”

Her short cropped hair and strange wardrobe didn’t enhance her sexuality at all – and reviews of the film confirmed that it was an awful “erotic thriller” that was not worthy of wasting money on…

The picture was disastrously marketed on Director Roger Vadim’s so-called “ability” to launch new sex symbols onto the big screen.

While he had made films with Brigitte Bardot, Jane Fonda and Catherine Deneuve, I can’t imagine why they thought he was some sort of Svengali who could rule the US box office years after his previous “sex symbols” appeared in their debut roles…

These theater “lobby cards” have a real 90’s “Skinamax” look to them, and are not erotic in the least…in fact, it was difficult to find an image that was erotic in any way…is this to you?

As oneviewer noted on IMDB:

“NIGHT GAMES is terrible through and through. I’ve wanted to see this film for a very long time, ever since I saw the poster of the movie when I was a teen when the movie was released and boy, did this movie not even come close to the little expectations I had about it.”

One interesting aspect of the film is that Actress Joanna Cassidy is nude in the film:

Cassidy is perhaps best known for her role in “Blade Runner” as a replicant who Harrison Ford kills in a spectacular chase scene:

Not surprisingly, the box was a box office flop, and Pickett’s career as a sex kitten was short-lived, in fact, it was just 6 years later that she played Katie Bueller, Ferris Bueller’s loving and unsuspecting mother, in the 1986 comedy “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off!”

Pickett never ventured into the “erotic thriller” genre again, but has worked steadily ever since, so bravo to her!

I profiled another Actress who has had a great career, with a detour into erotic drama as well:

Actress Heather Langenkamp was in a few “Nightmare On Elm Street” films before doing a strange erotic drama…one and done for her as well – check it out here:

https://jrsploitation.com/2019/10/27/heather-langenkamps-freddy-kruger-nightmare-plus-shocktober-day-27-opens-her-new-portal/

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Let me know if you’ve ever suffered through “Night Games!”



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2 replies

  1. I gave Night Games a wide berth at the time. Seems like I made the right choice. 🙂
    Best wishes, Pete.

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