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Super Reviewer
August 18, 2016
Joe Spinell is lots of fun, Caroline Munro is nice to look at. Lots of gruesome deaths and topless women. Cannes is an interesting setting. Cheesy fun in places, a little too much cheese in others. A nice twist at the end certainly helps.
January 14, 2015
saw it in the theater under the title THE LAST HORROR FILM
September 29, 2014
Embora superficialmente "The Last Horror Film" revele todas as características de um vulgar slasher-movie, essa noção muda consideravelmente à medida que o filme de David Winters demonstra ser uma peça bastante sui generis de uma época em que tudo podia acontecer no cinema de terror. Para isso contribui bastante o facto da acção desenrolar-se na gigante passerelle do festival de Cannes, de uma maneira geralmente convincente e que transcende por completo as limitações de uma produção em que o orçamento era obviamente escasso. "The Last Horror Film" é portanto um filme sobre a obsessão de um taxista de Nova Iorque pela ideia de fazer uma obra-prima de terror, com a sua estrela favorita, que por acaso e tal como o seu protagonista, consegue ir muito mais longe do que o que poderíamos esperar. Além disso, a banda -sonora é de uma foleirice deliciosa e a franqueza do lado slasher do filme tem qualquer coisa de Abel Ferrara.
½ May 13, 2014
Fanatic (aka "The Last Horror Film")
Starring: Joe Spinell and Caroline Munro
Director: David Winters

A delusional would-be filmmaker, Vinnie, (Spinell) follows his favorite horror movie star, Jana Bates (Munro), to the Cannes Film Festival where he proceeds to stalk her and her collegues while making the ultimate, true-to-life slasher-movie.

There was great potential in this movie, but it fails to reach it because of excessive padding and bad scripting. The story only functions because its characters behave stupidly--Jana is being stalked by a crazed killer who has gone after her twice, and yet she doesn't even hire any bodyguards, and gets no police protection?--and because the killer manages to pull off the impossible--such as making a corpse and all the blood vanish in a matter of moments, gets his hands on a police uniform in a city he doesn't know, and gets in and out of a backstage area during an ongoing production without being seen by anyone. The twist ending helps explain some of these plot problems (and twist-on-the-twist helps further), but these also feel like cop-outs on the part of the filmmakerrs who must have known their script had problems and were trying to do an easy fix.

"Fanatic" was a movie I really wanted to like, but it was just too flawed to be good. Maybe with about ten minutes shaved from the running time, and a little more care taken with the plotting and the twist-endings, this would have been an excellent little flick. It's one that could do with a remake. (In the 2008 version, Vinnie would be updating his Rotten Tomatoes blog on a thrice-daily basis. :D )

(Amusing trivia: The movie that Jana Bates is in Cannes to promote is "Scream", which eventually became a real-life self-referential horror movie directed by Wes Craven.)
January 29, 2014
Perhaps Troma's greatest film (before they became famous), The Last Horror Film features Joe Spinell of William Lustig's Maniac and follows his character's obsession with a scream queen and her film's debut at Cannes. The Last Horror Film is awesomely intelligent because it simultaneously pokes fun at film festival circuit while also employing all the standard slasher tropes. Funny, twisted, and totally original, The Last Horror Film is 80s slasher cinema at its best.
Super Reviewer
November 2, 2013
The Last Horror film is an inventive psycho horror film with elements of the Slasher genre. A cab driver becomes obsessed with a horror film star, and he wants her to star in his film. The premise is simple, but one that is chilling, considering that this could easily happen in real life due to the fact that there are people out there that have stalked and threatened celebrities. The tone of the film is raw, gritty and in your face with a touch of pure 80's Slasher flavor that will delight genre fans. This one may have been forgotten about due to the fact that there has been countless Slasher films released throughout the decade. Actors Joe Spinell and Caroline Monro, who previously worked together on the 1980 William Lustig film Maniac reteam for this film. Both are quite good in their performances, and Spinell is just one impressive actor who can effectively play a villain that is memorable, menacing and captivating. He proved himself in his role of Frank Zito in Maniac, and he adds so much more here. The film is different in style compared to Maniac, but retains a few elements as well to keep genre fans interested. I've seen my fair share of bad Psycho/Slasher films, but this film deserves to be rediscovered by genre fans due to the fact that it has a very entertaining storyline and good performances. Although it doesn't reinvent the genre, its story and intense performance by Joe Spinell make this a demented horror film that that is far better than most Slasher films of the era. Of course the film had potential of being better, but as it is, it's an entertaining ride into madness that is sure to please horror fans that enjoy early 80's Slashers.
April 25, 2013
Kinda like BOWFINGER only with sweatier actors. Joe Spinell looks particularly miserable and smelly through the whole thing. Of course, I wished there had been more with his mother. The two of them were creepy, comedic gold. Caroline Munro did not have enough to do, though her highlights did. The whole killer plot was a bit stupid and obvious. In short, too much of the budget was spent on cocaine for the nude actresses and not enough was used in writing the script. The fantasy scenes were particularly painful.
April 22, 2013
Joe Spinell really struts his singularly wacko stuff in this entertaining slasher schlock--Slasher in Cannes!!
½ September 2, 2012
Spinell is creepy as usual but the film lacks any kind of suspense or narrative cohesion and Caroline Munro still can't act (although she's quite lovely to look at).
So in other words don't bother.
Super Reviewer
October 31, 2011
review coming.... (want to end shocktober with this but don't have time to watch/write about it tonight.)
August 21, 2011
Probably would have liked this one more if I wasn't so tired when I was watching it but enjoyed it a hell of a lot more from when I originally saw it when I was 13. Back then I was pretty well set on the Halloween/F13th formula when watching horror movies & this one just didn't cut it. Now it has a couple things going for it for me. Im a fan of Joe Spinell & here he's fucking sleazy hilarious @ times. Not as scummy as he was in Maniac (which this is sorta an unofficial sequel to) but scenes like when he has film image projected against him while he's rubbing his naked chest are funny/creepy. As well this takes place @ the 81 Cannes Film Festival & as a old school film buff it was a nice journey back in time
May 10, 2011
A cab driver named Vinny, is determined to become a horror film director and starts stalking a famous scream queen at the Cannes Film Festival. Soon, people close to the actress start disappearing.

It actually won the award for Best International Film at the Sitges Film Festival, must have been a bad year for indy flicks. I watched this because I'm a huge fan of the movie "Maniac" which also starred Joe Spinell & Caroline Munro and was very disappointed it, not because it wasn't like "Maniac", but because it just sucked really bad.
Super Reviewer
January 12, 2011
Obviously this isn't the last horror film, but it is a good one, it's a mystery horror story. This movie is suspenseful, scary, and has a nice twist at the end, I really liked it.
Super Reviewer
½ January 9, 2011
A slightly less sleazier follow-up to the 1980 movie Maniac about a wannabe film-maker stalking his favourite actress around Cannes during the film festival carving-up any directors and producers that shun his ideas. It's got some bloody murders, plenty of naked flesh on show and Joe Spinell has fun in his maniacal role once again. But it doesn't quite have the gritty, shocking impact as Maniac. Good entertaining fun.
November 15, 2010
Nowhere near as good as "Maniac," but it's kinda fun to watch Spinell and the gang f*ck around in Cannes for this one.
½ March 27, 2010
Spinell is the unhinged cabbie turned wanna-be director who follows the actress he's obsessed with to the Cannes film festival, with bizarre and uncomfortable results.

Spinell really sells the creepy vibe here, due in no small part to his schlubby everyman looks and demeanor, it's easy to buy him in the role of an obsessed weirdo, which is a rather backhanded compliment I guess.

Easily worth a rental
½ January 7, 2010
Spinell! this is like a more-fun to-watch version of Maniac. awesome soundtrack
December 23, 2009
I think that when Joe Spinell made this film, he probably expected lightning to strike twice (meaning he'd have another "Maniac" on his hands). Why else would he do such humiliating things for this movie? We see such spectacles as Joe Spinell masturbating to a horror movie, Joe Spinell orgasmically caressing his bare torso while having Caroline Munro's face projected onto it (arguably one of the most sexually confusing things I've ever seen), and Joe Spinell in a bikini, to name just some of the humiliation he endured in the name of this "art". Well, this is no "Maniac". Unlike that film, this is not even remotely effective as either a horror film or a character study. It's hard to say just who is to blame in this case. Spinell was certainly dedicated, but his performance comes off as clumsy and cringeworthy. The horrible script (which required THREE writers) sure doesn't do him any favors. The direction by David Winters is, at least from a visual standpoint, competent.

The film at least succeeds as dumb entertainment, and it's just as fun as it is cringe inducing to watch Spinell degrade himself with such verve. This film almost comes across as a mentally challenged precursor to Scorsese's King of Comedy, but with a weird meta-twist.
September 19, 2009
A creative and admirable cult production(shot in Cannes without a permit), that owes a lot to Joe Spinell's fanatical performance.
Super Reviewer
½ August 29, 2009
Spinell is creepy as usual but the film lacks any kind of suspense or narrative cohesion and Caroline Munro still can't act (although she's quite lovely to look at).
So in other words don't bother.
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