A femme fatale part as Death Nell, a black widow-style lover targeting men she believes have committed sex crimes.
It’s an unusually straightforwardly sexy role for Ryder (at least, that’s what it appears at first), but most of the critical attention seemed to go towards Simon Baker for his leading man emergence.
And the film itself? It didn’t exactly find favour with critics and bombed at the box office.
Spoiler Alert! Her character’s real name, Gillian De Raisx, is based on 15th century French aristocratic killer Gilles de Rais.