PART 3: MOTHER, MAY I SLEEP IN VANCOUVER?
BANES: It was very last minute. They just sent the offer, and I flew up to Vancouver the next day. I took my golf clubs, because there are good golf courses in Vancouver.
FISCHER: When we sent dailies from Vancouver to LA to be developed, we were concerned that they'd be stopped in customs, because somebody might've thought it was porn or something.
In the opening scene, Billy Jones watches from afar as the original Kevin Shane (Lochlyn Munro) smooches Jones' girlfriend Erin Meadows (Bryn Erin) after driving her home in a fancy Jeep. Billy waits until Kevin leaves, knocks on Erin's door, begs for sex, is rebuffed, then goes ballistic. "If you don't love me, why did you make love to me?!" he whines, whilst shouting and breaking things. Erin threatens to inform the authorities unless he moves his tantrum elsewhere, so he bludgeons her to death with a wooden cutting board.
IVAN SERGEI, "Billy Jones/Kevin Shane": To play a character like that, the last thing I want to be thinking is, "I've got to play him crazy." I tried to figure out what is making him crazy. Is he in love? Is he hurt? It's a build-your-own backstory. I don't remember specifically what was going through my head, but I always tried to have something that makes the killer's actions justified to himself, that makes him feel like a normal person, although anyone from the outside looking in can go, "That guy's a psycho."
FISCHER: In the opening scene when he kills the other blonde, I didn't count how many times he hit her in the head, but we originally had it more. Then the network called and said, "You can only have four or five hits," or whatever it turned out to be. [It was four.]
SPELLING: I saw Laurel as kind of an anti-Donna. Although she was naive, she was very outspoken about what she wanted and didn't want. And obviously, during the end half of the movie, she takes matters into her own hands and is the heroine who kicks butt and saves the day. I had always wanted to star in a horror film, and be the girl who survives and gets away. To me at the time, this was my closest version of that.
LOWRY: When Tori Spelling's career took off, you couldn't escape the feelings of nepotism around it. I hadn't given a lot of thought to Tori Spelling as an actress, other than the fact that everybody sort of assumed she wouldn't be where she was if she hadn't been Aaron Spelling's daughter.
SPELLING: I worked as much as I could because I loved working, but of course, there was also that built-in drive behind it -- naysayers saying, "She's only got that show because of her father." So I said, "OK, these TV movies are great, because he didn't make any of them." Yet that rap still stayed with me, and hung over my head. But people believe what they want to believe. It was a tough thing to get away from, and definitely what drove me to take on role after role.
MONTESI: Tori was wonderful to work with. Both kids were, actually. She was a real trooper.
Late in the film, one of Laurel's failed attempts to escape from Billy's violently needy clutches involves commandeering a very poorly secured rowboat off a dock, and paddling across a lake. Her pursuer swiftly swims out and capsizes his reluctant sweetie's boat with ease. It's a tiny scene, but for the cast, it was memorable.
FISCHER: The water is really cold in Vancouver, because it's all glacial overflow melting.
MONTESI: We shot the movie in late winter or early spring, and the temperature was still below zero [Celsius] in the water, so we built a hot tub on the shore. At first, my intention was to double her and double him, and she said, "No way, I'm going to do it myself."
SPELLING: I never wanted anyone to think, "Ooooh she's from Beverly Hills." So I was like, "I'll do my own stunts!" It was really important to me. Also, I learned early on, if you do your own stunts, it always looks better. They don't have to show you from the back.
MONTESI: Me and the production were not too keen on her doing it. But she insisted. When she was committed, Ivan had no choice but to say, "Sure, I'll do my own stunt stuff, too."
SERGEI: Freezing cold, horrible, freezing. Hated doing that. I had never worn a wetsuit before, and I didn't realize the concept of a wetsuit is the water goes in there first, and then your body temperature heats up the water. So when I jumped in, it literally felt like a heart attack.
SPELLING: I was bummed because during the last half of the movie, I had to wear this big sweater and baggy jeans, so I was thinking, "Um, that's not so flattering." But the whole intention behind it was to hide the wetsuit I had to wear for the end.
MONTESI: We could only shoot for short periods of time so they wouldn't risk hypothermia. Then we got them into the hot tub, clothes and everything, so they could get their temperatures up. Then it was back into the water again.