AE VOD Exclusive: ‘The Obsession’ Begins

Where does an obsession start?

For Michele (Abella Danger), it begins with a new roommate (Mandy, played by Chanel Preston), a simple misunderstanding, and a fascination with a beautiful woman’s passionate relationships. The movie is a sexy updating of the basic premise of ’90s thriller Single White Female and is now available on Adult Empire as a VOD exclusive.

The story starts off innocently enough, with Michele moving into co-worker Mandy’s house as a roommate. Standoffish at first, Mandy is strictly business and isn’t interested in being pals with Michele, despite the prodding of hubby Michael Vegas (whose character’s instincts about Michele wind up being disastrously wrong). After Michele demonstrates a willingness to help a bit around the house, Mandy slowly begins to warm up to the new roomie. Friendship quickly turns to something much, much darker, and Mandy realizes Michele’s mysterious past may mean she’s more stalker than sweetheart. Sultry love scenes pair Chanel and Michael, Adria Rae and Jay Smooth, plus more.

Director Jacky St. James told XBIZ how she aimed for authenticity in the film’s psychological underpinnings: “While researching for this film, what was most important to me was really getting into the ‘stalker’ character’s head. Motivation and intention are important. Villains typically don’t look at themselves as villains. Their internal monologue isn’t always riddled with judgment or self-criticism for their actions. I wanted Abella’s character, Michele, to have that level of truth — and Abella absolutely brings that. She is one of the most underrated actresses in the business, in my opinion and is capable of more than one would expect (given her popularity in all-sex releases). She brought something that wasn’t just on the page — and that’s the testament of a true actor. It was one of the few times in adult where I’ve watched the first cut of the film and said, ‘Yes. This movie is exactly what I hoped it would be.’”

Danger was pleased with the unsettling, unusual performance St. James was able to coax out of her. “I honestly didn’t think porn directors actually cared about the acting, but she really does and she made sure she got the best out of me,” Danger told XBIZ. “I love her for showing me a side of myself I didn’t even know I had. I can’t wait for fans to watch this. It’s unlike anything I’ve ever done before,”

It’s another in a long line of psychologically charged porn movies from St. James, who is also gearing up for the release of another chapter in her Emma Marx series.

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