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Poison Ivy: The Secret Society

Poison Ivy: The Secret Society
File:Poison-ivy-4.jpg
DVD cover
Directed by Jason Hreno
Produced by Lindsay McAdams
Kim Arnott
Kirk Shaw
Written by Liz Maverick
Peter Sullivan
Starring Shawna Waldron
Miriam McDonald
Greg Evigan
Catherine Hicks
Cinematography Kamal Derkaoui
Editing by Asim Nuraney
Distributed by New Line Cinema
Release date(s)
Running time 90 minutes
Country United States
Language English

Poison Ivy: The Secret Society is a 2008 erotic thriller drama film and the fourth installment of the Poison Ivy series, following Poison Ivy (1992), Poison Ivy II: Lily (1995) and Poison Ivy: The New Seduction (1997). It premiered July 1, 2008 on Lifetime Movie Network.

Plot

Recently orphaned country girl Danielle "Daisy" Brookes leaves her ranch and her boyfriend William behind to pursue her college degree, and transfers to Berkshire college, an elite New England private school haunted by the mysterious death of a young college student, Alexis Baldwin. Her first week as a college freshman makes a big impression, not only attracting the notice of the dean’s handsome son Blake, but also singling her out for a prestigious internship in Washington D.C. Blake quickly becomes infatuated with Daisy and asks her out on a date, much to the disapproval of his father, Professor Andrew Graves.

Daisy’s arrival also piques the interest of the Ivy Society, a close-knit secretive sisterhood to whom the lucrative scholarship is traditionally granted to. The head of the Ivies, an attractive and ambitious student named Azalea Berges with a long history of truancy and illicit affairs with teachers, breaks into Blake’s home, offering sexual favors in exchange for his help in boosting her chances with the internship. Upon learning that one of the considered candidates is Daisy, she invites her to join the Ivies. Daisy initially refuses, preferring to continue her studies and consummate her relationship with Blake. But when an error in her tuition payments threatens to erase her name from the college system, she is left with no choice but to agree. Late one night, she and two other students take part in an initiation ritual at the Ivy household. Pledging allegiance to the sisterhood, they drink from drugged ceremonial wine, are stripped naked and tattooed with the Ivy insignia.

At first, Azalea and the Ivies seem willing to help Daisy with anything she needs, outfitting her with a fashionable new wardrobe, solving her financial issues and introducing her to a popular new lifestyle. But Daisy’s new social status distances her from her roommate Magenta Hart, still mourning the death of her friend Alexis Baldwin. She is also awarded a place in the scholarship by Dean Graves, but breaks up with Blake for ignoring her after they slept together. Distracted by his relationship with Daisy, Blake fails to honor his agreement with Azalea. Having recorded Blake and Daisy’s first night of lovemaking in secret, she and the Ivy sisters leak the video onto the internet and set fire to Blake’s sports car. With her reputation destroyed, Daisy soon gets wind of the Ivies’ true nature as a power-hungry group of sirens who manipulate men to their advantage and employ blackmail and seduction to achieve their aims, wishing to use the government internship to gain a political foothold in society. She also learns that Alexis Baldwin’s death was not an accident, and is one of a large history of killings that have been covered up by the dean.

Azalea is shocked when Magenta Hart takes her place in the list of candidates applying for the scholarship, and furious at Blake’s deceit, declares war on the Graves family. She threatens to destroy William’s land deed when Daisy attempts to extract herself from the clique, and tasks her with a test of loyalty. Dressed in provocative lingerie, Daisy breaks into the administration building to infiltrate Professor Graves’s office, but upon learning she is to have sex with him, baulks at the suggestion and breaks rank. Having failed to make Daisy one of her own, Azalea seduces Graves herself, impaling his head on a sharp ornament during their coital encounter and framing Daisy for the killing.

A police investigation is launched following Graves’s murder, and Daisy becomes the prime suspect due to her extensive interaction with the Graves family. Facing custody, Daisy makes amends with Blake and upon discovering that the Ivies have been manipulating her all along, visits Azalea’s home to seek solace. Through desperate pleas of forgiveness, she manages to get Azalea to admit her murderous behavior and the attempt to set her up. Discovering that the confession has been recorded, Azalea attacks Daisy in a rage with a sword, and a fight ensues in the Ivy swimming pool. Daisy pretends to drown, and then overpowers Azalea from behind, cracking her head on the pool steps. Having admitted her part in the cover-up, Dean Graves leads the police to the scene, where Daisy submits the recording proving her innocence and an unconscious Azalea is taken into custody.

Following the ordeal, Daisy is given the rest of the semester off. With four years of a prestigious scholarship ahead, she leaves Berkshire campus, returning to her farm in Iowa to resume her relationship with Will for the summer. As the two reunite, her Ivy tattoo is shown to now depict a daisy.

Cast

Releases

The film was released on DVD and Blu-ray in an unrated cut on January 20, 2009. It contains five minutes of extra footage not shown on TV.

External links

  • Internet Movie Database
  • AllRovi
  • Rotten Tomatoes
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