23 January 2013 1:22 PM, PST | iconsoffright.com | See recent Icons of Fright news »

This week for Exploitation Alley, I chose a movie that isn’t so much an exploitation or genre film but one that is more of a horror slasher-ish homage to film in general. It’s a movie that breathes cinema and has one of my all-time favorite performances in it. I’m talking about Vernon Zimmerman’s 1980 film Fade To Black.

Fade To Black stars Dennis Christopher (Breaking Away, Stephen King’S It (Eddie Kaspbrak!) and more recently in Tarantino’s Django Unchained) as Eric Binford, a young man who lives and breathes film. Everything Eric does is film related, right from his job at a distribution warehouse to his wardrobe, to his room decked out from top to bottom in posters, masks, you name it. Eric dresses like Cagney, talks like Widmore and lives in an almost delusional reality where he thinks he’s in a movie. He’s »

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