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Fiend (1980)

Not Rated | | Horror | September 1980 (USA)
This low budget feature from Baltimore filmmaker Don Dohler opens with a spirit entering into a gravesite and reanimating a corpse back to life as Mr. Longfellow. In order for him to stay ... See full summary »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Eric Longfellow
Richard Nelson ...
Gary Kender
Elaine White ...
Marsha Kender
George Stover ...
Dennis Frye
Greg Dohler ...
Del Winans ...
Jimmy Barnes
Kim Pfeiffer ...
Kristy Michaels (as Kim Dohler)
Debbie Vogel ...
Helen Weiss
Richard Geiwitz ...
Denise Grzybowski ...
Kristy's Friend
Lydia Vuynovich ...
Angie - Girl in Cemetery
Steve Frith ...
Steve - Man in Cemetery
Pam Dohler ...
Jane Clayton
Barbara Shuman ...
Woman With Dog
Tom Griffith ...
Man With Beard


This low budget feature from Baltimore filmmaker Don Dohler opens with a spirit entering into a gravesite and reanimating a corpse back to life as Mr. Longfellow. In order for him to stay alive, he needs to absorb the life energies out of the living by wrapping his hands around his victoms' throats. He moves to the suburbs of Maryland where his nosey neighbor begins to suspect something aint right with Mr. Longfellow. Written by Humberto Amador

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September 1980 (USA)  »

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Deadly Neighbor  »

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$6,000 (estimated)

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Shot over the course of three months. See more »


Featured in Blood, Boobs & Beast (2007) See more »

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bad but sympathetic horror-flick for patient viewers
9 May 2002 | by (Stockholm, Sweden) – See all my reviews

Is this movie really as bad as the former comments made it out to be? Personally I don't think so. Sure, the acting is (sometimes painfully) bad, the special fx are laughable and the lightning sucks (some parts are so dark you can hardly follow what's happening) but who rents forgotten curiosities like this for it's production values? And does a minimal budget, inexperienced crew and a very 'functional' script necessarily result in cheezy, grade Z 'good for laughs'-kind of movie? I strongly disagree. Somehow the B movie seems to have got mixed up with the grade Z-movie...

Anyway, to the film: the plot is about a devilish fiend (some kind of evil spirit in a human form) that has to kill people and steal their 'lifeforce', so thats it's stolen human body won't decompose. The fiend is a pathetic walrus-looking guy who spends his time giving violin-classes and listening to bad synthesizer music in his lonely apartment. The only people who get in the way of his killing spree is a nice, typical smalltown, middle class couple who of course starts playing detectives. The couple works great, and gives the films greatest performances. The actors are no professionals, but they act and look so normal it gives the film a genuine feel, and even moments of real warmth. The film has no fright or speed, so you'll have to have both patience and appreciation for the rare glimpses of creativity, dreams and simple humanity that sometimes surround B-movies like this one.

I somehow kind of ended up liking this little oddity, but don't take my recommendation too seriously - I often end up liking this kind of nice-spirited, slow horror-sleepers that nobody seems to remember. Also worth mentioning is that there is no gore or nudity, so gorehounds and fans of euro-horror cinema better stay far away.

I'll give it 5/10 for it's heart and humanity. Failure can be beautiful.

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