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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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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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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 »

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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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Features Kiss of Death (1947) See more »

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Lyrics by Carol Connors
Music by Craig Safan
Performed by Marsha Hunt
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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.


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