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


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 <>

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The theater is dark. Eric's mind is darker. See more »


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'Time Out' called this movie a "darker cousin of Billy Liar (1963)". See more »


[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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Lyrics by Carol Connors
Music by Craig Safan
Performed by Marsha Hunt
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Creepy fun for movie buffs.
17 September 2000 | by (Midnight Movie Land) – See all my reviews

This is a favorite movie of mine. I rushed out and got it on video when I heard it had been released. A lot of people here have given impressions of the story, I won't add to their great comments. What I would like to say is this this movie is a tremendous tribute to Hollywood Classic Movies. You will see snippets of many films here, all will be readily recognized. You will see Dennis Christopher's character slip deep into psychosis and take on the personas (and look..) of many of these characters in order to wreak his revenge. The more you know about old movies, the more you will get out of this film. Yes, it's essentially a slasher movie but this goes beyond the genre to get deep into the head of a killer. I like to think of this movie as a movie-fans version of "Sunset Boulevard", showing a broken mind on the other side of the fence. Worth seeing.

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