Some crew members of a company shooting a horror film begin to suspect that the "killings" in the movie are real, and that they are actually making a "snuff" film.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Joseph Pilato ...
Dominic (as Joseph F. Pilato)
Susan Chapek ...
Celeste
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Lacey Bickel
Bernard McKenna ...
Barney
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Rita / Mona
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Nicky
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Lobo (as Chuck Hoyes)
Blay Bahnsen ...
Scratch (as Blay Bahnson)
Joe Wittkofski ...
TV Director
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TV Sound Man
Dave Balko ...
TV Video Man (as Dave Belko)
Jackie Lahane ...
Murdered Girl (as Jackie Lehane)
Cindy Sebastian ...
Dancer
Bobbi Van Eman ...
Campfire Extra
Duke Snyder ...
Campfire Extra
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Horror movie about an insane film director who hopes his crowning achievement will be a "snuff" documentary about the actual demise of a film crew working on a horror-movie shoot. The director's real cast and crew aren't too pleased when they find out about his project though. Written by Ørnås

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Making movies can be MURDER!

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Horror | Thriller

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June 1980 (USA)  »

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The Manipulator  »

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$55,000 (estimated)
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Trivia

Due to a distributor problem, the film never received a theatrical release or home video release. It never aired on television either. The October 2005 Synapse Films DVD release is the film's first official release anywhere in the world. See more »

Quotes

Dom: [after snorting cocaine] It's funny to have your nose cold.
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Referenced in Joe of the Dead: Acting in a George Romero Classic (2010) See more »

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I GOTTA RUN
Written by John Harrison
Performed by Ron 'Byrd' Foster
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Great Movie. Joe Pilato is fantastic.
17 September 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I bought this movie because I am a fan of Joe Pilato. When I bought it, I actually expected him to be a little like Capt. Rhodes (DAY OF THE DEAD). I was very wrong. This movie and his performance blew me away.

Joe Pilato plays Dom, a very likable cameraman. He's basically an every day guy. He is even funny at times. And he falls in love with his gaffer, Celeste (Susan Chapek). He is just an average guy. He wasn't the ***hole he was in DAY OF THE DEAD. Instead, the ***hole of the movie is Nicky (Tom Savini).

He is also the only one in this movie who is completely innocent.

After watching a home-made murder movie from the director, Lacey (John Harrison), he suspects the murder was real. Even after Lacey tells him it isn't. He gets very suspicious. It turns out Lacey is directing two movies. The low-budget horror movie with the set of actors. And a real horror movie with real horror and murder. It is all up to Dom to make sure that it doesn't happen.


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