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Frightmare (1983)

Frightmare (1983)






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This uneven attempt at horror parody, direced by Norman Thaddeus Vane, gets off to a fairly promising start with a fun performance from Ferdinand Mayne (the imposing lead vampire in Roman Polanski's Fearless Vampire Killers) as the impossibly flamboyant horror superstar Conrad Radzoff -- whose idea of a memorable promotional stunt for his latest film involves the murder of its director. Though this proves a hard act to follow, Radzoff manages to do so by kicking the bucket himself. Then enter the annoying young members of a horror-film society who decide to steal Radzoff's corpse to use as a macabre centerpiece at their next hootenanny. Big mistake. Mrs. Radzoff is none too pleased and consults a spirit medium to reanimate her husband's body and avenge the desecration of his crypt. Sadly, what began as a clever comic nod to horror films of yore (and their die-hard fans in particular) collapses completely into routine slasher formula as Radzoff floats his coffin around the house in pursuit of his enemies, dispatching them in outrageously gory ways. Distributors released a title on video, shortly after the run of this film, entitled 'Frightmare II.' It was in fact a 1974 Pete Walker film all but unrelated to this one and erroneously advertised as the sequel to Vane's film.more
Rating: R
Genre: Horror
Directed By: ,
Written By: Norman Thaddeus Vane
On DVD: May 31, 2005
Saturn International Pictures


Nita Talbot
as Mrs. Rohmer
Leon Askin
as Wolfgang
Peter Kastner
as Director
Chuck Mitchell
as Detective
Jesse Ehrlich
as Professor
Ancel Cook
as Nightwatchman
Jack Marston
as Second Policeman
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All Critics (4)

Frightmare fumbles so many of the standard scare tactics that it's almost impossible to see where it gained such a supercilious legitimacy.

Full Review… | June 15, 2005

All fear the deadly ghostly apparition of a recently-dead horror actor! Or not.

July 25, 2002

Full Review… | December 29, 2001
Apollo Guide

Full Review… | October 1, 2003
Austin Chronicle

Audience Reviews for Frightmare

This slasher flick is so predictable and poorly made, it's just too boring to watch.

Aj V

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