I consider myself to be pretty well versed in the subject of 'Real Housewives.' I know all of the words to Kim Zolciak's 'Tardy for the Party'; I've tasted Bethenny Frankel's Skinnygirl Margarita; I even interviewed one of the stars from the franchise last year.

So you can imagine how surprised I was when my co-worker brought 'Hollywood Hills 90028,' a low-budget movie from 1994 starring none other than Ms. Frankel, to my attention. I didn't know anything about it -- what it was about, if it hit theaters, how it even got made it in the first place. The only thing I knew was, I needed to see it right away; and a few days later (thanks, eBay!) I had my very own copy on DVD, ready to be screened in all of its glory.

As you might expect, the plot of the movie is relatively simple: a new girl -- Laura Drake (Frankel) -- shows up at a local high school and catches the eye of Mike, a nerdy kid with a big heart and an even bigger alcoholic father. At first, everyone is smitten with Laura -- that is, until people start getting murdered. Naturally, Mike's friends become suspicious of Laura (she's the new girl, after all) and, naturally, she turns out to be a raging sociopath.
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