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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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Rough Trade ...
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Mary Risk ...
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Ken Camroux-Taylor ...
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Philip Akin ...
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Student #2 (as Bill Yack)
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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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CAD 850,000 (estimated)
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Shot in 1979, but not released until five years after it was made. See more »

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Referenced in The Big Box: The Body Shop (2010) See more »

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Everlasting Love
by Dwayne Ford
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Intriguing Little Gem
8 August 2003 | by See all my reviews

Make no mistake this is a good horror film. It has some nice chills, good amount of gore and some disturbing moments that will be with you after the film has ended. But Azzopardi has attempted not just the usual horror flick here; he has fashioned an allegorical gem based on the debate over violence in the media using a horror writer and his family as the focus.

Azzopardi has also crafted a post modern film which is self-commenting, non-linear, and offers no definitive resolution for all of his characters which can tend to instill an unsatisfying or muddled ending. However, this film should be viewed as ahead of its time in its treatment of the subject matter and original way of presenting it. The style of the film owes much more to the Italian horror masters (Argento, Fulci, etc.) than it does to North American cinema as Azzopardi, made his mark in Canadian cinema.

It should also be noted that while the film is allegory, it was apparent to me that Stephen King was the basis for the main character (even his name is Stephen) and pre-dates any self-referential treatment (The Dark Half) from King by almost a decade. In this regard, the film remains highly original in theme and still well worth watching.

Bottom Line: good horror film that will evoke Italian cinema but you must be willing to put the pieces together on your own...a thinking person's horror film.


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