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Scared to Death (1980)

R | | Horror, Sci-Fi | March 1981 (USA)
An ex-cop, now working as a hack novelist, is called out of retirement to help investigate a string of deaths that appear to be the work of a serial killer but soon are revealed to be the ... See full summary »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
John Stinson ...
Ted Lonergan
Diana Davidson ...
Jennifer Stanton
Jonathan David Moses ...
Detective Lou Capell (as Jonathan David Moses) (as David Moses)
Toni Jannotta ...
Sherry Carpenter
Walker Edmiston ...
Police Chief Dennis Warren
Pamela Bowman ...
Janie Richter
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Howard Tindall (as Michael Muscat)
Freddie Dawson ...
Virgil Watson
Tracy Weddle ...
Kathy Sperry
Joleen Porcaro ...
Kelly - Victim #5
David Daniels ...
Michael, roller skater (as Joseph Daniels)
Stephen Fanning ...
Scott, roller skater
Greer Justin ...
Sandy, rollerskater
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Victor Colter
John Moskal Jr. ...
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An ex-cop, now working as a hack novelist, is called out of retirement to help investigate a string of deaths that appear to be the work of a serial killer but soon are revealed to be the work of the Syngenor - the synthesized genetic organism! Written by Brian J. Wright <tyrannorabbit@hotmail.com>

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$74,000 (estimated)
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Director William Malone said in an interview that actor/performer Rick Springfield was originally cast in the starring role of Ted Lonergan. He however called up Malone the night before filming began saying he couldn't be in his film because he was going to miss too many acting classes. Malone called up John Stinson whom he remembered from an improv class and begged him to be in the film. See more »

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Average monster movie
29 December 2000 | by (Gadsden, AL) – See all my reviews

This film was a very typical monster movie that incorporated all of the usual dumb cliches. It's got a slow moving, fake looking monster, really stupid victims who deserve to die, and a lame story about the monster resulting from a genetic experiment gone awry. (Why did the professor even make the monster in the first place? It never really says why. I guess that's just what scientists do.) Still, this movie is an okay time-waster if you happen to enjoy bad sci-fi or horror. It's certainly not the best, but I have definitely seen worse. I give it a 5/10 rating.


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