Picks and Pans Review: Snapdragon

updated 07/25/1994 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 07/25/1994 AT 01:00 AM EDT

USA (Thurs., July 21, 9 p.m. ET)


There are TV movies you watch for exciting action or intimate character studies or superb acting. Then there's Snapdragon, a TV movie watchable mostly because it is so bad.

This is the unintentionally laughable story of a serial killer (Baywatch's Pamela Anderson) who is being courted by her shrink (Steven Bauer) and pursued by his cop girlfriend (Chelsea Field).

Consider Snapdragon a sort of Aaron Spelling version of a murder mystery, thanks in large part to Anderson's tendency to walk around pouting prettily and exposing a fair amount of her chest. Meanwhile, Bauer emotes with all the intensity of a dead carp. Field shows up occasionally to ask cop clich├ęs: "Why are you so interested in this case?" And then there's the "surprise" ending that any daytime soap opera or '60s sitcom would be proud of (hint: think Samantha and Serena). All this silliness is played straight, adding to the camp quotient. The film is like a Twinkie: You know it's not good for you. And that's what makes it hard to resist.

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