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Director:
Writers:
Neva Friedenn (screenplay) &
Robert Easter (screenplay) ...
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Release Date:
March 1978 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
Bit by bit..By bit he carved a nightmare!
Plot:
Ski-masked maniac kills apartment complex tenants with the contents of a toolbox. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
User Reviews:
Wesley Eure proves "Land of the Lost" was a step up! See more (56 total) »

Cast

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Cameron Mitchell ... Vance Kingsley
Pamelyn Ferdin ... Laurie Ballard

Wesley Eure ... Kent Kingsley
Nicolas Beauvy ... Joey Ballard
Tim Donnelly ... Detective Jamison

Aneta Corsaut ... Joanne Ballard
Faith McSwain ... Mrs. Andrews
Marciee Drake ... Debbie
Evelyn Guerrero ... Maria
Victoria Perry ... Woman in Apartment
Robert Bartlett ... Man in Apartment
Betty Cole ... Middle Aged Woman
John Hawker ... Middle Aged Man
Don Diamond ... Sgt. Cameron
Alisa Powell ... Girlfriend
Kelly Nichols ... Dee Ann (as Marianne Walter)
Robert Forward ... Screamer Man
Kathleen O'Malley ... Screamer Woman
Gil Galvano ... Man
James Nolan ... Bartender
George Deaton ... Preacher
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Dennis Donnelly ... Bar Patron at Table (uncredited)
Robert Leh ... Policeman (uncredited)

Directed by
Dennis Donnelly 
 
Writing credits
Neva Friedenn (screenplay) &
Robert Easter (screenplay) and
Ann Kindberg (screenplay)

Robert Easter  story

Produced by
Tony DiDio .... producer
Jack Kindberg .... associate producer
Kenneth Yates .... associate producer (as Kenneth A. Yates)
 
Original Music by
George Deaton 
 
Cinematography by
Gary Graver (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Nunzio Darpino 
Skip Lusk (uncredited)
 
Production Design by
D.J. Bruno 
 
Set Decoration by
Leamon Adams 
 
Makeup Department
Edward Ternes .... makeup artist (as Ed Ternes)
 
Production Management
Ann Kindberg .... unit production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Ann Kindberg .... assistant director
Gary LaPoten .... second assistant director (as Gary M. Lapoten)
 
Art Department
Frank Armas .... leadman
 
Sound Department
Bob Dietz .... sound mixer (as Robert Dietz)
Beau Franklin .... boom operator
Ron Moler .... sound editor
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Jean Clark .... electrician
Catherine E. Coulson .... second assistant camera (as Catherine Coulson)
Hedy Dietz .... still photographer
Michael Ferris .... assistant camera
Gary Strange .... key grip
R. Michael Stringer .... gaffer (as Michael Stringer)
R. Michael Stringer .... camera operator (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Michele Logan .... wardrobe supervisor (as Michelle Logan)
 
Editorial Department
Mario S. Anthony .... assistant editor
 
Music Department
Walt Cunningham .... music arranger: keyboards
Zeke Dawson .... music arranger: strings
George Deaton .... conductor
Frank Evans .... music engineer
Frank Evans .... music mixer
 
Transportation Department
Charles Franchimone .... driver
Thomas A. Gordon .... driver (as Tom Gordon)
 
Other crew
Tony Didio Jr. .... production assistant
Maria Dillon .... production secretary (as Maria C. Dillon)
Nancy Hansen .... script supervisor
Patty Koehnen .... production assistant
Jim Magglos .... bookkeeper
Ann McDonald .... production assistant (as Anne McDonald)
 

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Runtime:
93 min
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Certification:
Australia:Refused Classification | Canada:R (Ontario) | Canada:18+ (Quebec) | Finland:K-18 (self applied) (2006) | Norway:18 (2004) | Norway:(Banned) (1978-2003) | Sweden:18 (video rating) | UK:X (original rating) (cut) | UK:18 (video rating) (2000) (cut) | USA:R

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Trivia:
A sequel was planned for a 1986 release but never finalized.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: After Kent kills Vance in the kitchen there is a dish rack to the right of the sink touching the edge, but when Kent washes the bloody doll in the same sink a few seconds later the dish rack is missing (removed to make room for the camera).See more »
Quotes:
Joey Ballard:I'll be home for dinner. What are you fixin'?
Laurie Ballard:Ah! La specialty of the house; chicken à la TV dinners.
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in The Slumber Party Massacre (1982)See more »
Soundtrack:
Pretty LadySee more »

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What are the differences between the censored British BBFC 18 Version and the R-Rated Version?
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4 out of 5 people found the following review useful.
Wesley Eure proves "Land of the Lost" was a step up!, 20 August 2003
Author: Hoohawnaynay (DA90027@aol.com) from United States

I never thought an actor from a campy Saturday morning kids show (Land of the Lost) could find a project even worse, but here we are! I saw this movie at the drive-in back in 1978. Bad acting? Yes! Bad script? Yes Bad lighting and sound? Yes. Horror? A little bit thanks to an item we all have in our homes, a toolbox. Cheap, expliotive trash like this can be enjoyed on a certain level if you check your brain at the door. I think everyone involved in this movie had a late payment on their new car pending or were dire need of some quick cash. Wesley Eure mutters the funniest line in the whole movie! After examining blood stains around an apartment in a rather inquisitive manner he finds a vibrator and picks it up and says "disgusting"! Blood and brains on the wall is okay but I guess a sex toy was just too much for his delicate psyche. Speaking of which the scene in which the victim uses her toy in the bathtub was quite erotic for a 1970's film. Cute, perky Pamelyn Ferdin was attempting to break into adult roles after years of playing kids roles but she should have held out for a better part or at least a more memorable one. Her character gets kidnapped and spends most of the movie gagged, I guess she did get an early copy of the script! After viewing this movie again the 90's I wanted to go to my toolbox and beat myself over the head with my rubber mallet.

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