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Stage Fright (1980)
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A little girl named Cathy tries to keep her mother from making out with a man while driving one day, and she inadvertently causes her mother's death in the car crash. 16 years later, Cathy ... See full summary »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jenny Neumann ...
Helen Selleck
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Terry Besanko
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Judy
Max Phipps ...
George D'alberg
John Michael Howson ...
Bennett Collingswood (as John-Michael Howson)
Edmund Pegge ...
Bruce
Sue Jones ...
Fay
Adele Lewin ...
Sue
Briony Behets ...
Angela
Maureen Edwards ...
Mother
Bryon Williams ...
Father
Peter Tulloch ...
Brian
Malcolm Steed ...
Doctor
Denise Peterson ...
Bad Auditionee
Tania Uren ...
Nurse
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A little girl named Cathy tries to keep her mother from making out with a man while driving one day, and she inadvertently causes her mother's death in the car crash. 16 years later, Cathy has changed her name to Helen and has become a psychotic actress. Things are going fine until horrible things starts to happened with the cast of her new play. Written by Ørnås

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Many motion pictures promise you terror but this one is truly frightening! See more »

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30 October 1980 (Australia)  »

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Stage Fright  »

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AUD 500,000 (estimated)
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Really Great Early Slasher and Ozploitation Film
27 October 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

A little girl named Cathy tries to keep her mother from making out with a man while driving one day, and she inadvertently causes her mother's death in the car crash. 16 years later, Cathy has changed her name to Helen and has become a psychotic actress.

This film is pretty awesome. It relies on the absolute bare minimum of plot, with a killing every five minutes or so. And it does not always make sense -- why does she kill? Why the multiple personalities? I do appreciate that she uses broken glass as a reference to her mother dying in a windshield.

The soundtrack is also awesome, with the same underlying theme playing over and over again. Sometimes this level of repetition is annoying (such as in "Hausu"), but here I think it played well and just added to the silliness of it all. I am not exactly sure what makes something qualify as "ozploitation", but I am glad this fits the bill, because maybe more people will see it.


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