Inner Sanctum (1991 film)

Inner Sanctum is a 1991 crime drama erotic thriller film which stars Tanya Roberts, Margaux Hemingway, Joseph Bottoms and Valerie Wildman, and was written by Mark Thomas McGee and directed by Fred Olen Ray.

Inner Sanctum
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Directed byFred Olen Ray
Written byMark Thomas McGee
Produced byAlan Amiel
StarringTanya Roberts
CinematographyMichael Delahoussaye
Edited bySteven Nielson
Music byChuck Cirino
Release date
Running time
90 minutes

The film was made for $650,000 and was very successful, leading to Ray making a series of erotic thrillers.[1]

"I didn't really know what an erotic thriller was when I did Inner Sanctum", admitted Ray later. "I watched Wild Orchid—fast-forwarded through it, actually—to see what was expected of me."[2]


Jennifer Reed, heiress to a huge fortune, believes that her husband Baxter, an insurance agent in Los Angeles, is unfaithful to her. Unable to reconcile with it, she takes a full pack of sleeping pills and falls down the stairs.

A few weeks later, Jennifer, now in a wheelchair, becomes even more jealous of her husband because he does not spend time with her, giving more attention to nurse Lynn Foster. Foster had previously been responsible for home care of a patient. After the patient died mysteriously, Nurse Foster married the widower, who then also died under mysterious circumstances.

Jennifer attempts romance with her colleague Anna Rawlins, who does not reciprocate her feelings. Moreover, Baxter suspects that she wants to get rid of his wife. Jennifer discovers that someone has started following her, and her neighbor suspects Lynn. Complicating things, Jennifer carries a million dollar life insurance policy, which policy will not be paid in case of suicide, only murder.



The film's success led to a sequel Inner Sanctum II in 1994, also directed by Fred Ray, and starring Michael Nouri, Tracy Brooks Swope (as Jennifer Reed), Sandahl Bergman, David Warner, and Margaux Hemingway (reprising her role of Anna Rawlins).


  1. ^ Topel, Fred (27 October 2014). "After Midnight: Fred Olen Ray on Strip Clubs & Chainsaw Hookers". Crave Online. Retrieved 1 January 2017.
  2. ^ Donald Liebenson (Dec 1, 1994). "VIDEO AS DRIVE-IN FRED OLEN RAY CONTINUES THE CORMAN TRADITION". Chicago Tribune. ProQuest 283895112.

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