“In an hour, I promise, you’ll be able to beg in two languages.” — Patricia (Shannon Tweed) in Scorned
If anyone could pull that line off, it would be Shannon Tweed at the height of her Skinemax stardom!
In Scorned, Shannon plays Patricia, the beautiful wife of executive Truman Langley (Daniel McVicar). Truman is desperate to land the Wainwright account, thinking it could be the key to getting a huge promotion. To help him out, Patricia sleeps with Mason Wainwright (Stephen Young). Truman gets the account but Alex Weston (Andrew Stevens, who also directed) gets the promotion. After Truman kills himself, Patricia shows up at the Weston house, disguised as a tutor for their son, Robey (Michael D. Arenz). Like clockwork, Patricia seduces not just Alex and Robey but Marina Weston (Kim Morgan Greene) as well.
Of the many direct-to-video films that Andrew Stevens and Shannon Tweed made together in the 90s, Scorned is one of the best. Of course, Shannon Tweed looks good. Of all the regular 90s direct-to-video vixens, Shannon was the sexiest. What is often forgotten is that Shannon could also actually act and she shows that here with her ferocious performance. Andrew Stevens does a good job too, giving an above average performance and, as a director, staying out of Shannon’s way. He knows that everyone watching the movie is watching to see Shannon and this film does not disappoint.
It does stretch credibility that no one in the household realizes that Shannon is trying to destroy them but, then again, what parents would actually hire their hormonal, teenage son a live-in tutor who looks like this?
It is all about maintaining a healthy suspension of disbelief.