In this one, Linda plays a hairdresser named Leonie. When a drifter named Joe (Jerome Ehlers) crashes a birthday party that Leonie’s attending, it’s lust at first sight. Even though Joe is a violent womanizer who steals milk and headbutts anyone who looks at him crossly, Leonie still takes him home with her. Soon, Joe is crashing in Leonie’s bedroom and Leonie is providing Joe with an alibi whenever the police come looking for him. (Joe says that he has a lot of parking tickets.) When one of Joe’s one night stands turns up dead, Leonie starts to suspect that Joe might be responsible.
Like Dead Sleep, Fatal Bond features Linda Blair as an American who lives in Australia and who has bad taste in men. While Linda Blair has never been a great actress, she’s almost always brings grit, determination, and a will to survive to her roles. Unfortunately, none of that is on display in Fatal Bond, where she’s such a pushover that she lets Joe take over her life. There’s not really much to the whole serial killer storyline either, especially not when the murderer’s identity will be obvious to anyone watching. There’s also another subplot in the movie about Joe searching for his brother, who has gone missing. Fatal Bond doesn’t know if it’s a Linda Blair thriller or a standard Australian crime film.
Don’t be fooled by the sexy cover art. I love a good Linda Blair movie but Fatal Bond was just boring. If you do see the film, keep an eye out for Joe Bugner, the former heavyweight boxer who once fought Muhammad Ali. Bugner has a small role as a lowlife criminal in Fatal Bond. His partner-in-crime is Mel’s younger brother, Donal Gibson, stepping into a role that was originally earmarked for Russell Crowe.