There’s been a murder! A stripper named Virginia Hill (Kristen Pierce) has been found dead and the evidence suggests that she died as the result of sadomasochistic sex play gone wrong. Lead detective John Doherty (Myles O’Brien) immediately suspects that the murderer is David Mulholland (Corin Timbrook). Mulholland is a millionaire who owns the club where Virginia used to dance. He has a reputation for being into some kinky stuff. (A cashier at the local adult bookstore swears that Mulholland only buys BDSM-related magazines.) Detective Doherty is convinced that Mulholland not only killed Virginia but that he’s killed before. For this detective, this case is personal.
It’s about to get a lot more personal because, after he’s arrested, Mulholland hires Maureen Doherty (Shannon Tweed) to defend him in court. Maureen is John’s ex-wife and she knows firsthand how obsessive her former husband is. For reasons that she can’t fully explain, Maureen feels that Mulholland has been set up. Working with Virginia’s best friend, Molly Malone (Amy Lindsay), Maureen sets out to prove that Mulholland is innocent. But is he?
Yes, it’s yet another remake of Jagged Edge, with Shannon Tweed more than capably stepping into the Glenn Close role. The chance to see Shannon Tweed play a high-powered attorney is the main reason to see Forbidden Sins and she does a pretty good job with the role. Among the stars of the Skinemax era, Tweed was one of the more talented and she was always as credible delivering dialogue as she was disrobing. Other than Tweed, the rest of the cast is okay but nothing special. For instance, one reason why Jagged Edge worked was because Jeff Bridges kept you guessing. In this film, the same cannot be said of Corin Timbrook. The script and the direction are all pretty much standard for what you would expect from a 90s direct-to-video sexploitation flick and, again, the main thing that elevates this film above others of its type is the conviction that Shannon Tweed brings to her role.
For those who are only watching this film for the nudity (and, to be honest, that’s probably going to be the majority of the people who go to the trouble to track down something called Forbidden Sins), Shannon Tweed has one scene while Amy Lindsay has several.
My favorite thing about Forbidden Sins is that the murdered stripper was named after Bugsy Siegel’s girlfriend. My second favorite thing about Forbidden Sins is that the working title was apparently Forbidden By Law. That’s one way to describe murder, I guess.