Fade to Black (1980)

Fade to Black




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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 … More

Rating: R
Genre: Drama, Horror, Mystery & Suspense, Comedy
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Written By: Vernon Zimmerman
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American Cinema


as Eric Binford

as Marilyn O'Connor

as Jerry Moriarty

as Aunt Stella

as Rev. Shick

as Talk Show Hostess

as Gallagher

as Newscaster

as Franco

as Mail Girl

as Officer Anne Oshenbu...
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Critic Reviews for Fade to Black

All Critics (13) | Top Critics (3)

Full Review… | October 23, 2004
Chicago Sun-Times
Top Critic

Full Review… | January 26, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

Full Review… | August 30, 2004
New York Times
Top Critic

Interesting premise and execution with various Hollywood icons depicted.

February 23, 2008

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)

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.

Phil Hubbs

Super Reviewer

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.

Lafe Fredbjornson

Super Reviewer

Was pleased to finally track this down via YouTube since it's one of those oddball '80s horror titles that's always eluded me over the years, and I suppose I have to admit that it was just okay, after all that wait.

Don't get me wrong, it's a perfectly decent and enjoyable viewing experience, but after searching for it for literally years to find an easily accessible copy, but ultimately felt like more of a thriller than a straight up horror film.

Rental? If you can find it?

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