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Fade to Black (1980)

R  |   |  Comedy, Horror, Thriller  |  14 October 1980 (USA)
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A shy, lonely, film geek goes on a killing spree against those who bully and browbeat him, while at the same time, he stalks his idol; a Marilyn Monroe look-alike.

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Talk Show Hostess (as Melinda Fee)
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Dee Dee
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Eric Binford watches a lot of movies. He is the truest definition of a film geek. One day, his sanity takes a turn for the worse and he begins acting out his favorite scenes from the movies. In doing so, he manages to involve his enemies and the scenes usually result in death. Written by Josh Pasnak <chainsaw@intouch.bc.ca>

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People used to laugh at Eric Binford. Now he knocks them dead with every performance. See more »


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This was Dennis Christopher's first movie role after the Academy Award (Oscar) winning film Breaking Away (1979). See more »

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Aunt Stella Binford: [cynical tone] Eric! Get up! Well, lookie here. Mister Smart Mouth fell asleep with his nose buried in the screen again! Your one-eyed monster is gonna soften your eyes, much less rot your brain! You spend all your time day dreaming and watching those silly movies on the TV and on your projector.
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References The Broadway Melody (1929) See more »

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Lyrics by Carol Connors
Music by Craig Safan
Performed by Marsha Hunt
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When Film Geeks and Murder collide...

Eric is a really nice guy, but his mind isn't in the pressures of reality. He spends nearly all his time thinking of, and watching, old movies (Creature from the Black Lagoon, The Mummy, Night of the Living Dead, etc.) using an old-fashioned projector in his dim bedroom. His aunt Stella has taken him in but is confined to a wheelchair and blames him for it.

One day he meets a Marilyn Monroe lookalike at the local city diner, and when she accidentally stands him up for a movie date he sadly walks home to watch his movies alone, only to have his aunt destroy his beloved projector. Horrified, he snaps and shoves her down the stairs, and soon afterwards goes on a murder rampage to get back at everyone who dragged him down in life.

Fade to Black is an action-packed and hilarious yet underrated slasher film. It deserves more of an audience, that's for sure. With its catchy 80's soundtrack, decent acting and original plot, if you're a slasher fan or even if you just want a movie to watch this is one to add to your list! It does have one or two flaws: it starts of rather boring and many of the inside jokes Eric tells reference films that most people haven't actually watched so it's hard to get what he finds so funny. Overall though, it isn't bad.


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