Little surprise, then, that the film came out to mixed reviews and an underwhelming box office.
Doctors have gone mad before.
In the six years after Fatal Attraction was released in 1987, we got Sleeping With The Enemy, Poison Ivy, Single White Female, Bitter Moon, Body of Evidence, Sliver, Disclosure and The Last Seduction — plus countless quickly forgotten imitations Wikipedia lists no less that 207 erotic thrillers in that period.
It's part of the charm.
Eaton, one of the most noted Bond girls due to her gold body paint in "Goldfinger", doesn't exactly exude screen charisma, but she and O'Brian are attractive in their ski lodge wear.
Chief people include brylcreamed hunk of man O'Brian, stiff, blonde Eaton, yammering recording artist Fabian, mod-actress Lavi and wry, elderly Hyde White among others.
Taken alongside Verhoeven other films of the same period RoboCop, Total Recall, Starship Troopers, Showgirls , it now looks a lot like a key part of a masterful project to paint a portrait of American depravity using the very trashiest materials within Hollywood itself.
Pre-war Japan was not only politically tumultuous world war loomed, there had been an attempted coup in February and the following year the country invaded China but also a place of stern patriarchy and severe repression, and the bleakly violent logic that guides the lovers' relationship is intended as a critique of the culture they exist within.