Movie review: 'Strangers Online'

There's not much to say, really, about "Strangers Online" unless you take schadenfreude-inspired joy in cheaply made (and even more cheaply thought out) video dreck.

It's the story of a stud Internet radio DJ (Noel Palomaria) with Cinemax-worthy girl troubles: sexually rapacious female listeners, an exhibitionistic babe (Eva Frajko) at home, a murdered ex (Nansi Aluka) he may or may not have stabbed to death and an unstable, stalkerish hottie of an intern (Tara Killian).


With sexploitative earnestness, co-writer-director John Huckert whips up an impossibly cheesy blend of gratuitous nudity, readily available kitchen knives and psychosexual mumbo jumbo, and if one were being midnight-movie charitable, this bargain-bin effort could be labeled a homemade homage to pay-cable '80s soft-core, complete with the synthesizer riffs, casual misogyny and an unintentionally sad cameo by scream queen Linnea Quigley.

But the only titillation in this ludicrous attempt at an "erotic


" comes from whether a terrible performance, logic-challenged plot point or dialogue howler will be your next source of laughter.

"Strangers Online."

No MPAA rating. Running time: 1 hour, 46 minutes. At Laemmle's Sunset 5, West Hollywood; and Laemmle's Playhouse 7,