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When cop Frank Spivey (Steven Weber) witnesses an obvious madman
preparing to kill an all tied-up young woman, he sees no other alternative
to shoot the man to prevent him from doing that. When he unties the girl,
Jenifer (Carrie Fleming), he finds out she has a totally disfigured and
thus ugly face and seems to be retarded ... yet he feels strangely drawn
A few days later at the precinct, he learns that Jenifer has in the
meantime been put into an insane asylum, but since he feels both pity and
a strange attraction to her, Frank takes Jenifer home with him - much to
the dismay of his wife (Brenda James), who is simply freaked out by creepy
Jenifer. When he tries to find another home for Jenifer, Frank has no luck
at all - which somehow leads to him and Jenifer having sex.
When Frank brings Jenifer home that night, his wife tells him that one
of them has to go, she or Jenifer - half an hour later Frank's wife is
A few days later, Frank finds out that Jenifer isn't quite the poor
girl he has thought her to be when he finds her eating up the cute
neighbour girl (Jasmine Chan). Eventually, Frank decides to have her abducted
by a freak show promoter - with the only result that he finds the
bodyparts of the dead promoter in the fridge the very next day.
With all these murders, Frank decides it is best to leave town to evade
trouble, and settle in a hut in the deep forest where Jnifer can't get
into trouble. And to earn a living, Frank takes up a menial job at a local
deli, where he soon gets friendly with owner Rose (Cynthia Garris), a
single parent who seems to need a man in the house ... however, what Frank
doesn't know is that Jenifer is spying on him, and when he comes home one
evening, he finds her eating the intestines of not-quite-dead Jack, the
son of Rose, whom she has attacked out of jealousy.
Ultimately, Frank realizes there is only one solution to this problem,
he has to kill Jenifer, and he goes about it just like the madman at the
beginning of the film, he ties her up, drags her out in the open and
swings his blade towards her, when he - just like the madman at the
beginning of the film - is suddenly shot dead ... and Jenifer immediately
finds herself drawn to her saviour, a hunter who just happened to come by
If you watch this Masters of Horror-episode expecting a
masterpiece in the best Dario Argento-tradition, you will probably be
mistaken, Jenifer completely lacks the personal style of Argento,
and does not tell the type of story Argento tells in almost all of his
movies (but with amazing variations).
However, if you can forget that this was done by Argento and take it
for what it is - an hour-long episode of a TV-series - you will probably
find yourself entertained. Not that the story isn't without its
weaknesses, one can easily find several plotholes in this one actually and
sometimes the characters actions lack motivation, but in all, Jenifer
is an intelligent and well-crafted little shocker, maybe no masterpiece
but pretty entertaining.
There is one thing though that really bothered me about Jenifer:
If Jenifer is that kind of retarded character with beast-like instincts
and behaviour, how come she always has such perfectly manicured