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Scared to Death (1980)

 -  Drama | Sci-Fi | Horror  -  March 1981 (USA)
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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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Lone Star Pictures, a Texas based company, picked up distribution of the film and wanted the premier to be in Texas. Director William Malone agreed and flew to Texas only to be shocked that the premier was actually at a Drive-in theater. See more »

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Good low-budget sci-fi/horror
19 August 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

While Star Wars Episode V and The Howling were winning awards from the Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films, this film was also a winner as Best Low-Budget Film. Low-Budget filmmakers could do worse in watching how William Malone (House on Haunted Hill ) managed to make an interesting film with award winning special effects for $74,000.

It was Malone's first film and it starred Diana Davidson, whom I am sure no one remembers as they girl who was shot in the swimming pool in Dirty Harry. It also stars John Stinson, Jonathan David Moses, and Toni Jannotta, in her only film. Malone made sure that he had a good selection of beautiful victims to keep your interest.

The staging was good in the respect that terror was built up gradually with a lot of suspense, and the creature was only partially shown until it got towards the end. You never really knew what you were dealing with.

And, of course, when it is all over, you don't really know if you solved the problem.


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