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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
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David Lessey
Bev Marsh ...
Martha Lessey
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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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Directorial debut of Mario Azzopardi. See more »

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Plagued by gory visions.
16 May 2010 | by (Chyby, Poland) – See all my reviews

This gory and admirably engrossing Canadian horror is rarely seen and suitably obscure.It tells the story of an accomplished writer of horror scripts,who is plagued by ghastly visions of horror and bloody carnage.His ideas are often outrageous and transgressive.He writes about cannibalistic nuns,satanic goats and murderous children with gasoline.He is constantly fighting with his drug-addicted wife and his three children are neglected.When his small daughter is hanged his life breaks down into nightmarish pieces."Deadline" is about dysfunctional Canadian family and their tortured lives.The film is very gory,but the gore scenes are all shots from various movies Steve did.The acting is great and the atmosphere is sleazy and washed-out."Deadline" hates horror genre,but it works as a grimly effective shocker.8 out of 10 for this obscure horror classic.


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