A Night to Regret (2018 Lifetime)
Stars: Marguerite Moreau, Mollee Gray, Kevin McNamara
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Synopsis (via Lifetime)
When college student Chelsea Bilson meets up with her estranged childhood best friend, Milla, she is unprepared for the events that follow. Milla, who is now a webcam girl briefly catches Chelsea on camera during one of her shows. Unbeknownst to her, Chelsea has now been exposed to a watcher who becomes obsessed with her beauty and naiveté. He soon discovers Chelsea’s true identity and will stop at nothing to have her to himself. Chelsea enlists the help of her mother and the two must fight for their lives in order to stop an obsessed and murderous madman.
This one starts dramatically with a blonde woman untieing herself from a bed and trying to escape a house with pretty flowers in the back yard. A man grabs her before she can get free.
Flash to a year earlier, a hot man named Jake is getting released from prison and then pushes his mother down the stairs when he gets home.
Also, a college film student named Chelsea (the blonde from the beginning of the movie.) is having a rough time. Her boyfriend, Eric, breaks up with her, AND she is late for class. Chelsea and her friend Sara run into an old friend from grade school named Milla at the club. They drink and party. Things take a turn when Milla reveals that she is a “webcam girl.” because this movie is set in the 90’s? The feed is live, and Jake is watching. He fixates on Chelsea and pays $200 to watch her dance. She dances awkwardly and isn’t aware that Jake is screen recording her. (We don’t see it, but Chelsea takes her top off.)
The next day, Chelsea regrets her choices and realizes that Milla is a bad influence. Sara reminds Chelsea that she is responsible for her actions. I like Sara. She is a truth-teller. Milla gives Chelsea her $1000 cut and promises that the video feed isn’t saved and has nothing to worry about. Chelsea logs into the website to delete her profile and is messaged by Jake. She tells him that it was a one-time thing and deletes her account. Not before accidentally starting a live stream giving Jake access to an award on her bedroom wall with her real name on it.
Milla isn’t letting her old friend go that easily. She offers to pay for her final film project for school.
Jake tracks down Chelsea’s mother, Beverly, played by Marguerite Moreau from Wet Hot American Summer. He offers her training session, and I think he might be extremely tall. Beverly takes him up on his offer and joins the gym. She buys Chelsea a membership too so they can do group workouts. Jake is thrilled that Chelsea is there, and a workout montage happens to a terrifying soundtrack.
Intense texts begin to come into Chelsea’s phone. She is confident that a stalker is following for, and he is the same guy from the webcam website. She doesn’t suspect Jake has anything to do with the messages, even when she sees him around town, and he tells her to smile.
Jake sees Chelsea with a boy named Liam, and he kills him before he can become a problem. Then he makes homemade Chloroform. Jake mostly speaks in voice-over, and I can’t understand what he says most of the movie.
Sara does some research and thinks that Jake is her stalker. She texts Chelsea to warn her, but it is too late. Jake sprays her and ties her up; he also sprays Sara when she comes to save her friend. Jake ties Chelsea to a bed and tells her he can’t wait to learn everything about her. (He also ties up Sara.)
Beverly comes home from the gym to find Chelsea missing, and her phone/car still home. What teenager would leave those things behind? Beverly calls Milla, who shares that Chelsea was a webcam girl. Detectives are called, and they look into the website. They also find Liam dead in a dumpster.
Detective Morita interviews Jake and catches him in a lie about his whereabouts. She knows something is up and suspects him in the murder of Liam and the disappearance of Chelsea. While she is questioning him, his phone is going off with notifications from his security cam. Chelsea breaks herself free and tries to escape but is stopped by Jake just in time.
Eric now looks into Jake’s past and realizes that he is a bad man. He tells Beverly that Jake is a nightmare, and she is not too concerned. Milla also calls Beverly to warn her about Jake. Like, how many people need to tell you that Jake is a bad guy for you to react?!? Beverly finally goes over to Jake’s house and finds Sara alone and tied up. They also find the neighbor’s body.
Jake takes Chelsea to an abandoned warehouse and is followed by Beverly, her boyfriend, who doesn’t matter, and Eric. Jake takes them down one by one. When Bethany tries to stop Jake from hurting her daughter, Jake drags Chealse up to the roof. For some reason, Chelsea has a large pair of scissors and stabs him. Then Detective Mortia shows up and shoots Jake dead.
Mother and daughter go for a power walk. I think they are both in college now, so that is good for them. The end!
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