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Fade to Black

Fade to Black (1980)

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An interesting, introspective variant on the '80s slasher formula, this low-key psychological thriller details the troubled life of obsessed movie junkie Eric Binford (Dennis Christopher), whose love of old movies extends far beyond his job at a film distributor's warehouse and endless late-night film screenings in his bedroom. His singular obsession eventually rounds the bend into psychosis after he crosses paths with a Marilyn Monroe look-alike (Linda Kerridge), who becomes the physical

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Drama, Horror, Mystery & Suspense, Comedy

Vernon Zimmerman

American Cinema

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All Critics (13) | Top Critics (3) | Fresh (5) | Rotten (6) | DVD (2)

Interesting premise and execution with various Hollywood icons depicted.

February 23, 2008
Video-Reviewmaster.com

Excellent cheese, and Christopher is superb.

January 21, 2004
New Times

A film that gives movie buffs a bad name.

October 17, 2003
Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)

for film geeks that get the many references and can relate to Binford's lonely lifestyle

May 27, 2003 Full Review Source: Old School Reviews

Interesting idea, lame execution

October 22, 2002
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

So-so slasher thriller with a clever movie geek twist.

July 26, 2002
eFilmCritic.com

Audience Reviews for Fade to Black

A tour de force for a young Dennis Christopher in this easy going thriller. He plays a young man who is obsessed with classic old movies, an obsession that goes into overdrive when he snaps after his life takes a downward spiral.

All the folk that wronged or upset him he kills off by transforming himself into famous movie characters from various famous films eg. 'Dracula' 'The Mummy' 'Hopalong Cassidy' and 'Cody Jarret' from the Cagney film 'White Heat'. Along the way is good old Tim Thomerson as a criminal psychologist trying to help 'Binford'.

I say easy going thriller as Christopher is a very likable character in this film. His innocent looks and love of classic cinema is really quite fun to watch, the sequences where he transforms into various characters are really good too, charming really. The film isn't scary or horrific in any way, its very tame and almost like an extended episode of 'Quantum Leap' haha.

During the film there are the odd inserts from various old black n white films to show or mirror what's going on inside 'Binfords' mind, just like in the comedy 'Dream On'. None of murders actually involve any large amounts of blood or gore, its all done quite tastefully with cut aways and leaving it to your imagination. In fact almost all of the murders are merely accidents that Christopher's character brings on, but his lust for revenge gets the better of him near the end.

Great little thriller in a nice 'Murder She Wrote' type of way with some really nice makeup/prosthetics work. Look out for an early role by Mickey Rourke.
August 20, 2012
phubbs1

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A sad and disturbing movie, about the humiliation and self-destruction of a young man; his only love was for the movies. It's creepy when he dresses up like many of his movie idols and commits murder. I liked the old-Hollywood flavor of the settings and characters.
July 10, 2007
YosemiteSamFan

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