New Mena Suvari Movie Paradise Cove Has Throwback Thriller Vibes
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Mena Suvari Movie Paradise Cove Has Throwback Thriller Vibes

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BY January 21, 2022

Nowadays it can be tough for a movie to get traction unless it’s a blockbuster. Lower budget films, even mid-budget films, just aren’t as high a priority as they used to be. And unfortunately, the pandemic has only made that worse. However, just because it’s harder than it used to be to see a mid-budget flick at the theater doesn’t mean they stopped making them. The new Mena Suvari movie, Paradise Cove, is proof of that.

Mena Suvari Movie Harkens Back To Older Classic Thrillers

Don’t get me wrong. The hand-wringing over diminishing returns for mid-budget movies started well before COVID. So while the virus and its associated stay-at-home orders haven’t been great for the theater industry, they weren’t great before–at least, not for smallerish movies. And that’s a shame. Not only do we miss out on more experimental stuff, but we also lose a lot of fun popcorn flicks. Sometimes you just wanna sit in a theater and watch a fun thriller to get your blood pumping. You know, something like Unhinged, or basically the entire modern Liam Neeson genre, as I noted in my Darkman retro review.

That’s one of the reasons I sat up when I read about Paradise Cove. It’s a new movie starring Mena Suvari, Todd Grinnell (One Day at a Time), and Kristin Bauer van Straten. The description reminds me of the 80s and 90s mid-budget thrillers I used to love. I’m thinking of movies like Unlawful Entry or Pacific Heights, the latter of which might be the closest analogue to Paradise Cove. 2019’s The Intruder, starring Michael Ealy, Meagan Good, and Dennis Quaid (Jack’s dad) also has similar themes.

Paradise Cove Trailer Shows That House-Flipping Can Be Hazardous To Your Health

All of them have one thing in common: California couples who aren’t safe in their homes. In the case of Paradise Cove, the California couple is Knox and Tracey (Grinnell and Suvari, respectively). They’ve moved to Malibu to renovate Knox’s mother’s house. However, there’s a fly in the ointment. Or rather, there’s a lady in the beach house. Bree (Bauer van Straten) has apparently been squatting there, and she’s unamenable to leaving. Violently unamenable. Anyway, they should have taken that frosted pink lipstick as the first red flag.

You can see everything for yourself in the trailer below.

Paradise Cove will be available on digital demand on February 12th. I’ll be back shortly before that with my review.

But before that, tell us what you think. Share your thoughts on this movie or your favorite throwback thrillers, here in these comments or on our social media.


Salomé Gonstad is a freelance writer who grew up in the swampy wilds of south Alabama. When she's not yelling about pop culture on the internet, she's working on a supernatural thriller about her hometown. Also, we're pretty sure she's a werewolf. Email her at [email protected]


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