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Fade to Black (1980)

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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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Melinda O. Fee ...
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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film geek | death | slasher | cult | violence | See more »

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Meet Eric Binford, the ultimate movie buff. If you know someone like him... run! See more »


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14 October 1980 (USA)  »

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Linda Kerridge's Marilyn O'Connor character in this movie is meant to resemble Marilyn Monroe and even shares her first name. See more »

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[first lines]
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 Prince and the Showgirl (1957) See more »

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Lyrics by Carol Connors
Music by Craig Safan
Performed by Marsha Hunt
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A sad Character study of a young man who loses touch with reality
20 December 1999 | by (Sydney, Australia) – See all my reviews

There are three types of horror films 1.the scary horror film (designed as you would think to scare you. 2.The black comedy (Its meant to be funny, but not everyone will find this true. Third and last are the dramatic horror films, they play like a drama film except they are much darker and usually have something to do with mental illnesses. This movie is of the third kind, It is a sad character study of a young man called Eric who spends all his time watching movies and finding out trivia about them. He has no apparent friends and he lives with his wheelchair bound aunt, who really is at odds with him. The film is very original and has a incredible lead performance from the actor playing Eric. They cops on the other hand are all really badly done, I just couldnt wait till they left the screen and every time they appeared again I grimly waited for there departure. Most of the other actors do quite a good job in this film and it also sports a young Mickey Rouke in what I think was his first film role. I would recommend this film only to horror fans, The film references, the characters and the direction are all tuned to giving any horror fan a good time for their money. Its not for everyone. But thats what I liked about it.


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