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Deadline (1984)

R | | Action, Horror, Thriller | 1984 (USA)
A horror film about a screenwriter who loses the ability to distinguish between his fantasy world and the real world, with disastrous consequences. As he ruminates on his place in any world... See full summary »

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Steven Lessey
Sharon Masters ...
Elizabeth Lessey
Marvin Goldhar ...
Burt Horowitz
Jeannie Elias ...
Darlene Winters
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Sharon Lessey
Phillip Leonard ...
Philip Lessey
Tod Woodcroft ...
David Lessey
Bev Marsh ...
Martha Lessey
Carole Pope ...
Herself (as Rough Trade)
Kevan Staples ...
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Ken Camroux-Taylor ...
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Philip Akin ...
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A horror film about a screenwriter who loses the ability to distinguish between his fantasy world and the real world, with disastrous consequences. As he ruminates on his place in any world and loses his grip, he also loses his wife and his children's respect, and critics tear him apart. The final undoing of this screenwriter is a deadline that must be met at all costs, costs that perhaps are too great. Written by Ørnås

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His obsession was to create the ultimate horror story... his curse was to live it.


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horror enters the life of a horror writer; lots of blood, and some real-life horror
17 February 2005 | by (Upstate New York) – See all my reviews

Entertaining horror movie that offers gore, and a little hypocritical criticism of gore. Pretty well done.

A mass-market horror novelist who also adapts all his works for films is having trouble on the set of his latest film, as well as writing the next book or screenplay he's contractually obligated to do. His wife and three kids are neglected, and he is abusive to her when they are together.

When he lectures at the university he used to teach literature at, several of the students in the audience criticize his works. He's reminded of what he used to teach, and what he'd said to the director he works with when he first got into films: that once they were successful, they'd do something different. He thinks he's ready to write something different, but the director wants to stick with stuff he feels will sell.

Scenes from the above storyline are intercut with scenes from either the author's movies, or ideas he has for movies. Movies are also shown within the movie, as when part of one of his films is screened for the students, and he shows another at a party. They're pretty bloody for the most part!

The pressure of having to come up with a new work, trouble with his family, and a horrific event that happens within his family take him to the breaking point.


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