IMDb > Stage Fright (1980)

Stage Fright (1980) More at IMDbPro »Nightmares (original title)


Overview

User Rating:
4.4/10   317 votes »
Your Rating:
Saving vote...
Deleting vote...
/10   (delete | history)
Sorry, there was a problem
MOVIEmeter: ?
Up 38% in popularity this week. See why on IMDbPro.
Director:
Writers:
Colin Eggleston (screenplay)
John D. Lamond (original idea) ...
(more)
Contact:
View company contact information for Stage Fright on IMDbPro.
Release Date:
30 October 1980 (Australia) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
Many motion pictures promise you terror but this one is truly frightening! See more »
Plot:
A little girl named Cathy tries to keep her mother from making out with a man while driving one day... See more » | Add synopsis »
Plot Keywords:
NewsDesk:
(7 articles)
Best of Severin Films: ‘Nightmares’ as unstable as a one-legged pirate walking a tightrope
 (From SoundOnSight. 29 September 2011, 3:23 PM, PDT)

DVD: DVD: Nightmares
 (From The AV Club. 12 July 2011, 10:00 PM, PDT)

Nightmares
 (From JustPressPlay. 25 June 2011, 12:05 PM, PDT)

User Reviews:
Early Aussie slasher knock-off See more (14 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order)
Jenny Neumann ... Helen Selleck

Gary Sweet ... Terry Besanko

Nina Landis ... 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
John Harris ... Policeman #1
Gary Day ... Policeman #2
Joy Westmore ... Matron
Lise Rodgers ... Mousy Auditionee
Doug Bowles ... Babysitter
Rossana Zuanetti ... Girl in Lane
Gene Van Dam ... Boy in Lane
Angela Menzies-Wills ... Lover in Bed
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Jennie Lamond ... Young Helen Selleck (uncredited)
John D. Lamond ... Man crossing street (uncredited)

Directed by
John D. Lamond  (as John Lamond)
 
Writing credits
Colin Eggleston (screenplay)

John D. Lamond (original idea) (as John Lamond) and
John Michael Howson (original idea) (as John-Michael Howson)

Produced by
Colin Eggleston .... producer
Michael Hirsh .... associate producer
John D. Lamond .... producer (as John Lamond)
 
Original Music by
Brian May 
 
Cinematography by
Garry Wapshott 
 
Film Editing by
Colin Eggleston 
 
Art Direction by
Paul Jones 
 
Makeup Department
Margaret Archman .... makeup artist
 
Production Management
Michael Hirsh .... production supervisor
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Billy Baxter .... second assistant director (as Bill Baxter)
Ross Hamilton .... assistant director
 
Sound Department
Phil Judd .... sound mixing
John Phillips .... sound recordist
Ray Phillips .... second unit boom operator
Geoff Wilson .... boom operator
 
Special Effects by
Conrad Rothmann .... special effects
 
Stunts
Matt Burns .... stunt coordinator
Barbara Martin .... stunt team
Peter Morse .... stunt team
Arch Roberts .... stunt team (as Archie Roberts)
Bill Stacey .... stunt team
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Peter Armstrong .... clapper/loader
Geoff Collins .... second unit gaffer
Tony Holtham .... gaffer
Nino Martinetti .... second unit focus puller
Noel Mudie .... key grip
Denis Nikolic .... focus puller
Gary Scholes .... assistant grip
Greg Watson .... clapper/loader
Barry M. Wilson .... second unit photography (as Barry Wilson)
Suzy Woods .... still photographer
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Jan Barkell .... wardrobe
Aphrodite Kondos .... wardrobe
Joseph Saba .... wardrobe provider
 
Other crew
Ann Dechaineux .... caterer
Michael Hirsh .... production accountant
Phillip Lasky .... runner
Anne McLeod .... continuity
Denise Peterson .... production secretary
Annette Philpott .... second unit production assistant
Helen Watts .... production executive
 

Production CompaniesDistributorsOther Companies

Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Nightmares" - Australia (original title)
See more »
Runtime:
90 min
Country:
Language:
Color:
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Certification:
Argentina:X (original rating) | Argentina:18 (re-rating) | Australia:R | West Germany:18 (BPjM restricted)
Filming Locations:

Did You Know?

Trivia:
The character of Bennett Collingswood was based on a film critic who despised director John D. Lamond's work.See more »
Movie Connections:
References Tarzan the Ape Man (1932)See more »

FAQ

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.
9 out of 10 people found the following review useful.
Early Aussie slasher knock-off, 15 June 2007
Author: lazarillo from Denver, Colorado and Santiago, Chile

This is a rather strange early Australian attempt to ape the American slasher films, but it is only really interesting in the places where it deviates from them. It's one of a small number of slasher films that is set in a theater during a theatrical production, which not only provides a good setting, but also a lot of very worthy victims (theater actors, directors, critics, etc.) as well as a very believable reason why no one notices the initial disappearances (theater people being as self-absorbed and narcissistic as they get). Unfortunately, the back story is very lame, involving a young acting ingenue (Jenny Neumann) with a vague, troubled past (her mother died in a car accident after a sexual tryst). When she is cast in a new theater production, people start being brutally murdered. So who is the killer? Unfortunately, it's probably EXACTLY who you think it is.

The director of this movie was an unknown (at least outside Australia), but the co-writer/co-producer Collin Eggleston gave the world both the idiotic sex film "Fantasm Comes Again" and underrated nature-gone-amok thriller "Long Weekend". Jenny Neumann also appeared in American slasher semi-classic "Hell Night" where she played the English girl (you know, the one who WASN'T Linda Blair)who spends her entire screen time in bed with a guy without ever actually taking off her underwear. Regrettably, she doesn't get naked here either, but pretty much everyone else does. This movie stands apart from the rest of the slasher films in the sheer gratuitousness of its gratuitous nudity, including a LONG scene where one corpulent Aussie lass is chased butt-naked out of the theater and into the street by the killer. In this respect the movie kind of resembles Pete Walkers sexploitation/early slasher film "The Flesh and Blood Show", but it's not a patch on that one.

The film also compares pretty unfavorably with Michel Soavi's film "Stage Fright" with which it is often confused, and a lot of the decent, if micro-budgeted, horror films being made Down Under in the late 70's/early 80's. On the plus side, it's a lot better than "Cut" and some of the crap that has been seeping out of the country more recently. See it if you can find it, but don't go out of your way.

Was the above review useful to you?
See more (14 total) »

Message Boards

Discuss this movie with other users on IMDb message board for Stage Fright (1980)

Recommendations

If you enjoyed this title, our database also recommends:
- - - - -
Alone in the Dark Home Sweet Home Nurse Betty Girls Nite Out Black Christmas
IMDb User Rating:
IMDb User Rating:
IMDb User Rating:
IMDb User Rating:
IMDb User Rating:
Show more recommendations

Related Links

Full cast and crew Company credits External reviews
News articles IMDb Horror section IMDb Australia section

You may report errors and omissions on this page to the IMDb database managers. They will be examined and if approved will be included in a future update. Clicking the 'Edit page' button will take you through a step-by-step process.