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Effects (1980)

 -  Horror | Thriller  -  June 1980 (USA)
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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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Dominic (as Joseph F. Pilato)
Susan Chapek ...
Celeste
John Harrison ...
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 ...
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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 ...
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Duke Snyder ...
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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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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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References The Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975) See more »

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I NEED YOUR LOVE
Written by John Harrison
Performed by Ron 'Byrd' Foster
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This should have stayed lost
28 October 2005 | by (Jamwelkowski, IL) – See all my reviews

Being a fan of Tom Savini, I was excited to see this old film of his that he did the effects for. Now, think of this: Tom Savini, Joe Pilato (Rhodes from Day of the Dead) John Harrison (the composer of Romero films like Creepshow and Day of the Dead) in a movie about a making of a snuff film! Sounds like good ol' 70's exploitation horror, right? As Arnold said in Terminator "Wrong!" This boring suspense drama is about...well, not too sure since there was no plot. But something about a crazy director who secretly video tapes his cast and crew have sex, snort cocaine, talk about George Taki's sex life, and then tries to kill his cinematographer for no reason. Tom Savini is funny as a scumbag stunt man who loves his women (basically Tom just played himself). But there is no blood or gore, there is nothing scary about the film, and the editing is really poor. I would rather see midgets shoot their little people pee all over a bag of Dorito's for 90 min. Now that would be an effect! I would rather see mentally challenged people drool all over bare breasts for 90 min. That would be an effect! Watching Joe Pilato mope around and fall in love with a female gaffer on some cheap movie is not an effect! Effect rhymes with erect.


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