MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Up 231 this week

Fade to Black (1980)

5.9
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 5.9/10 from 1,694 users  
Reviews: 41 user | 35 critic

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.

Director:

0Check in
0Share...

On Disc

at Amazon

Editors' Spotlight

Sundance 2015

Watch our IMDb & AIV Sundance Studio Interviews with Keith Simanton

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 40 titles
created 27 Dec 2010
 
a list of 21 titles
created 12 Sep 2011
 
a list of 22 titles
created 31 Oct 2011
 
a list of 49 titles
created 04 May 2012
 
a list of 46 titles
created 4 months ago
 

Related Items

Search for "Fade to Black" on Amazon.com

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: Fade to Black (1980)

Fade to Black (1980) on IMDb 5.9/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of Fade to Black.
2 wins & 7 nominations. See more awards »
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Love in the Hamptons (Video 1976)
Short | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

Mickey Rourke stars in his first film role as a young waiter in the Hamptons, who finds love with a cocktail waitress as she struggles to support her child and confront her troubling home life.

Director: Tom Folino
Stars: Mary Armstrong, Marilyn Chris, Joel Crothers
Homeboy (1988)
Drama | Romance | Sport
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  

Johnny Walker is a cowboy and a boxer. He is very shy and a bit of a fool. He is in love with Ruby, but he cannot tell her. He is also a bit old to keep on boxing, but its the only thing he... See full summary »

Director: Michael Seresin
Stars: Mickey Rourke, Christopher Walken, Debra Feuer
Eureka (1983)
Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  

Arctic prospector Jack McCann, after fifteen years of solitary searching, becomes one of the world's wealthiest men when he literally falls into a mountain of gold in 1925. Years later, in ... See full summary »

Director: Nicolas Roeg
Stars: Gene Hackman, Theresa Russell, Rutger Hauer
Francesco (1989)
Biography | Drama | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

Docudrama about the life of St-Francis of Assisi

Director: Liliana Cavani
Stars: Mickey Rourke, Helena Bonham Carter, Andréa Ferréol
Fade to Black (2006)
Mystery | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.5/10 X  

In an attempt to recover from his marriage to Rita Hayworth and restart his career, Orson Welles travels to Italy...only to be drawn into a dangerous web of intrigue, murder and politics when an actor is murdered on his set.

Director: Oliver Parker
Stars: Danny Huston, Diego Luna, Paz Vega
Action | Comedy | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

Charlie and his troublesome cousin Paulie decide to steal $150000 in order to back a "sure thing" race horse that Paulie has inside information on. The aftermath of the robbery gets them ... See full summary »

Director: Stuart Rosenberg
Stars: Eric Roberts, Mickey Rourke, Daryl Hannah
Fall Time (1995)
Drama | Comedy | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.5/10 X  

Three young men decide to plan a mock kidnapping, but everything goes wrong because a real bank robbery was already planned by two other guys.

Director: Paul Warner
Stars: Steve Alden, David Arquette, Stephen Baldwin
Exit in Red (1996)
Thriller | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.1/10 X  

A psychiatrist moves out west after he is brought up on charges of sexual misconduct, for which his adoring, female attorney eventually gets the charges dropped... with the hope that this ... See full summary »

Director: Yurek Bogayevicz
Stars: Mickey Rourke, Annabel Schofield, Anthony Michael Hall
Hardcase (TV Movie 1981)
Crime | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

Lieutenant Grover Harding Case will do anything necessary to bring the criminal who killed his partner to justice.

Director: Lee H. Katzin
Stars: Andra Akers, G.W. Bailey, Stephen Elliott
Act of Love (TV Movie 1980)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  
Director: Jud Taylor
Stars: Ron Howard, Robert Foxworth, Mickey Rourke
City in Fear (TV Movie 1980)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

A psycho-on-the-loose story, about a burned-out newspaper columnist and his circulation-hungry publisher who wants him to turn the killer into Page One news.

Director: Jud Taylor
Stars: David Janssen, Robert Vaughn, Perry King
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

Based on the real-life Oregon criminal case which dramatizes the unique dispute in which Greta Rideout instigated the prosecution of her husband, John, charging him with raping her.

Director: Peter Levin
Stars: Mickey Rourke, Linda Hamilton, Rip Torn
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
...
Jerry Moriarty
...
Officer Anne Oshenbull
Norman Burton ...
Marty Berger (as Normann Burton)
Linda Kerridge ...
...
Gary Bially
James Luisi ...
Capt. M.L. Gallagher
...
Aunt Stella Binford (as Eve Brent Ashe)
John Steadman ...
Sam
...
Stacy
...
...
Joey
Hennen Chambers ...
Bart
Melinda O. Fee ...
Talk Show Hostess (as Melinda Fee)
Anita Converse ...
Dee Dee
Edit

Storyline

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>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

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


Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

14 October 1980 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

...kun valot sammuvat  »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Color:

(Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

This film about a psycho movie buff has lots of references to characters from film history and the movies themselves. Of the latter, the following are referred to in this movie: Creature from the Black Lagoon (1954); Mark of the Vampire (1935); White Heat (1949); The Public Enemy (1931), Horror of Dracula (1958), Night of the Living Dead (1968); Kiss of Death (1947)_ and Halloween (1978). See more »

Quotes

[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.
See more »

Connections

References Nijinsky (1980) See more »

Soundtracks

Heroes
Lyrics by Carol Connors
Music by Craig Safan
Performed by Marsha Hunt
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

Film Frenzy

Dennis Christopher stars as a young film buff with no sense of a real family, no friends, and an obsessive need to live through film vicariously. He soon begins to act out the violence he sees on the big screen, and people close to him soon die. Although the premise for the film is original and innovative, the film does have some budgetary constraints and suffers from a weak overall plot. Notwithstanding the pedestrian direction and amateurish performances in general, the film does have a likable quality to it and does pay tribute to some great films while Christopher turns himself into various characters. Christopher does a rather good job in his demanding role, a role that really needs more flesh to it. The rest of the cast is rather blah with Tim Thomerson really giving an excrutiatingly bad performance as a psychologist working with the cops. Linda Kerridge stands out for her beauty if nothing else as an Australian Marilyn Monroe look-a-like. Christopher stands into such roles as Richard Widmark's killer in Kiss of Death, Dracula, the Mummy( a very poorly shot and conceived bit), Hoppalong Cassidy and Laurence Olivier in The Prince and the Showgirl. For those of you with a good background in film, the movie takes on a different level of meaning and is fun as a homage piece.


9 of 11 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Underrated gem of a movie amandybug822
How did this do at the box office? amandybug822
Does anyone remember the movie trailer? GoAndCloseTime
How old is Eric? amandybug822
one thing i could never understand galaxyquest86
First time I ever saw... todd-298
Discuss Fade to Black (1980) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?