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Death Drug (1978)

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A young man in Los Angeles dreams of striking it big as a singer in the music business. One day he gets signed to a big record contract, but along with the fame and money he develops an addiction to the drug PCP.


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Credited cast:
Carolyn (as Verne Watson)
Rosalind Cash ...
Frankie Crocker ...
Drug dealer
John Poole ...
Record executive
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Chip Branton ...
Robert Burgos ...
Record executive
The Gap Band ...
Tony Major ...
Friend of Jesse
Ric Mancino ...
Mr. Simms (as Rick Mancini)
Larry McCormick ...


A young man in Los Angeles dreams of striking it big as a singer in the music business. One day he gets signed to a big record contract, but along with the fame and money he develops an addiction to the drug PCP.

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Additional material was added to the home video release such as an intro and outro by Philip Michael Thomas, talking about his acting accomplishments (including his role as Detective Ricardo Tubbs in Miami Vice (1984)) and the dangers of drugs. Notably Philip Michael Thomas music video of his song "Just The Way I Planned It" was inserted into the film to create the impression it was performed by "Jesse" the main character. The additional material also includes newly filmed segments inserted into the original movie. See more »


Just The Way I Planned It
Written & Sung By Phillip Michael Thomas
Courtesy of Atlantic Records & Tapes
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Death Drug
4 March 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Death Drug is one of the films that you'll never regret seeing...ever. pre-Miami Vice Philip Michael Thomas, is this way too overly happy plumber, who has dreams of becoming a music star. But after finding out that his magical dreams come true, he, his fiancé and his loser white couple friends go out partying. And after like twenty minutes of people dancing like idiots, Thomas uses the bathroom and buys some PCP from a creepy tennis playing dealer, played by Frankie Crocker (who is also in the fabulous "Darktown Strutters"!!!) Eventually, just when you think the movie can't get better, it totally does...

Thomas gets hooked on PCP and starts freaking out, from seeing a pole turn into a snake, believing his hairbrush is a baby alligator, and much more. Death Drug does the impossible, even the unthinkable, not only is it hilarious, but it also rips off Rudy Ray Moore's PCP Blaxploitaton film The Avenging Disco Godfather, this shockingly bad and bizarre abortion of a film takes two parts Ed Wood after a a brain aneurysm, mix in some retarded bad singing and music videos with some anti-drug paranoia and freak out slow mo scenes, Death Drug is an absolute Godsend of a film.

If you're able to find it anywhere, and I mean ANYWHERE! Buy, seriously, no questions asked! Trust me when I say from experience, it is worth the money!

*Watch for the hilarious scenes when Thomas flips out in the supermarket and when the crazy guy who's foaming at the mouth is chasing roller skaters with a piece of wood! Absolutely some of the most brilliant stuff I've ever scene!!!

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