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Deadline (1984)

 -  Action | Horror | Thriller  -  1984 (USA)
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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... 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 ...
Punk Rock Band Member
Rough Trade ...
Punk Rock Band Member
Mary Risk ...
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Ken Camroux ...
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Philip Akin ...
Student #1
Bill Yak ...
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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Interesting but flawed
17 December 2005 | by (Williamsburg, VA) – See all my reviews

This Canadian film is often sold as a horror film but it is actually a twisted drama. Stephen Young stars as Steven Lessey, a successful author and screenwriter who is having a bad case of writer's block. The works he has profited from don't satisfy him now and he is searching for "true horror" to write about. As the film progresses, his personal life begins to unravel alongside a series of hallucinations.

DEADLINE is a mixed bag. Its biggest flaw is that there are no likable characters in the film. Young's character is a jerk and his wife is just as bad. I couldn't care less what happens to these self centered people. Director Mario Azzopardi also makes sure to distance mainstream audiences by filling the scenes from Lessey's head with extremely graphic gore. It is well done but probably sends the audiences looking for a drama running. However, the film does make some interesting statements on the influence of violence in cinema and some of the hallucination scenes are truly haunting. Cindy Hinds, the young girl from Cronenberg's THE BROOD, co-stars as Lessey's daughter.


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