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Frightmare (1983)

Drama students decide to pay tribute to their favorite horror star by stealing his body from his crypt for a farewell party. They fail to realize their violation of the tomb has triggered ... See full summary »

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Conrad Radzoff (as Ferdinand Mayne)
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Saint
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Mrs. Rohmer
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Wolfgang
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Meg
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Etta Radzoff
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Oscar
Twyla Littleton ...
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Joe Witherell ...
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Carlene Olson ...
Eve
Scott Thomson ...
Bobo
Donna McDaniel ...
Donna
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Stu
Peter Kastner ...
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Drama students decide to pay tribute to their favorite horror star by stealing his body from his crypt for a farewell party. They fail to realize their violation of the tomb has triggered powerful black magic, and Conrad hasn't taken his final bows yet. Written by Sister Grimm <srgrimm@teleport.com>

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9 September 1983 (USA)  »

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$120,000 (estimated)
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Cinematographer Joel King originally wanted to shoot this film in black and white with the only color being red for blood. Moreover, King was almost fired during the first week of shooting because he took too long lighting scenes. See more »

Goofs

Shortly after the corpse is stolen, a cane is moved over the corpse, and you can very clearly see eyelids twitch on the actor who is playing dead. It is so obvious, that it made at one viewer think the "corpse" is alive, or coming back to life. See more »

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Featured in Joel King: Man with a Camera (2015) See more »

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Ancillary 80s teenkill froth.
14 August 2011 | by (fabulous Las Vega$!) – See all my reviews

Conrad, a legendary star of classic horror films, is a narcissistic killer as monstrous in life as he is on the screen. Shortly following his death, a group of young cinemaphiles steal his corpse, prompting his devoted widow to enlist the aid of a soothsayer in retrieving the evil actor's damned soul from the fire-pits of Hell. Once reunited with his body, Conrad proceeds to wreak bloody vengeance against the young graverobbers.

FRIGHTMARE is a largely miscarried and routine supernatural slasher with atrocious editing and exanimate characters. To the film's credit, however, it does manage to serve up sporadic atmospheric moments which are effectively punctuated by the contra-distinct, multilayered sound editing of creepy, susurrus echos.

A prescriptive and nonessential 80s chiller overall, but might suffice as a tolerable time-filler when nothing better is at hand.

4/10


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