Picks and Pans Review: Trapped

updated 06/19/1989 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 06/19/1989 AT 01:00 AM EDT

USA (Wed., June 14, 9 P.M. ET)

D

Hardly the stuff that screams are made of, this chiller stars Kathleen (I Never Promised You a Rose Garden) Quinlan as a building-management executive who gets locked in her high-rise office for the night. Sorry, Kathleen; nobody promised you a decent script either. For nearly two hours Quinlan's character is pursued by a knife-slashing, baseball bat-wielding killer who has cut the phone lines and murdered the security guards. Let's hope Quinlan gets some comp days for her after-hours perils, which include dangling by her fingertips from the top of the 63-story building.

While Quinlan is pursued up and down the building in her high heels and tight dress, she finds a mysterious ally, industrial spy Bruce (Beauty and the Beast) Abbott. While outwitting the killer they—guess what—become attracted to each other. So staying late at the office pays off: He's handsome, single and straight, the magic combo. Trapped director Fred Walton made the superb 1979 hair-raiser When a Stranger Calls, with Carol Kane as a terrorized babysitter. Though Trapped offers a similar situation, it has stilted dialogue, is badly acted and moves as quickly as a bloated buffalo. The title gives fair warning about what the movie is like to sit through.

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