Effects (1980)

R  |   |  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 overview, first billed only:
Joseph Pilato ...
Dominic (as Joseph F. Pilato)
Susan Chapek ...
John Harrison ...
Lacey Bickel
Bernard McKenna ...
Rita / Mona
Lobo (as Chuck Hoyes)
Blay Bahnsen ...
Scratch (as Blay Bahnson)
Joe Wittkofski ...
TV Director
TV Sound Man
Dave Balko ...
TV Video Man (as Dave Belko)
Jackie Lahane ...
Murdered Girl (as Jackie Lehane)
Cindy Sebastian ...
Bobbi Van Eman ...
Campfire Extra
Duke Snyder ...
Campfire Extra


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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Release Date:

June 1980 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

The Manipulator  »

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$55,000 (estimated)

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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


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 »


Dom: [to Lacey, holds up a fake, bloody leg] Hey, uh, I'm goin' into town for a burger. You want one?
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References Singin' in the Rain (1952) See more »


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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