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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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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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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 ...
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)  »

Also Known As:

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: [sees Nicky wearing an unbrella hat] Look at that guy over there. Look at that, Gene Kelly should have one of those things. I'm singin' in a bar.
Celeste: [laughs]
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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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Maybe for some, but not worth the time.
15 August 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I am sure for some folks this movie is the cat's meow because of the cast and crew, but unfortunately, it's pretty boring. It's not a horror movie (although they are making one in the film) and it's certainly not a thriller because there is little to no suspense. It's the late 70s and they're doing coke in a farm house while making a movie.

The concept is interesting (what's the difference between making a movie where it looks like the people are getting killed and a movie where the people are being murdered on screen?), but it gets dulled down watching them do coke and putzing around in general. It's kind of like some pre-cursor to a bizarre reality television concept.

eh. kind of a waste.


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