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College assassination game turns deadly as someone starts playing for real.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Frazer Smith ...
Bruce Abbott ...
Ivan Bonar ...
Jim Greenleaf ...
Charlene Nelson ...
Steven Peterman ...
Jack Baker ...
Gowdy's Aide (as John Anthony Bailey)


Susan participates in The Assassination Game, in which every player tries to shoot another with a toy dart gun, until only one remains. Pretending to do research for his newspaper, college student Alex Marsh teams up with the attractive Susan Swayze. While doing his best to win her over, and helping her finding her targets, Alex discovers that this year the Game may be more serious than most contenders realize... Written by Peter Zweers <>

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It's a killer! See more »


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20 April 1982 (USA)  »

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Everybody Gets It in the End  »

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The TAG game is modeled after Killer by Steve Jackson Games. Killer refers to the scenario used as the Circle of death. one of the rules specified in Killer is that the game can be limited to certain hours of the day. TAG is played from an unspecified time in the morning until midnight. The schedule on the TAG Victim Profile begins at 8Am so 8AM presumably would be the latest the game would start and run to midnight. See more »


Carpenter claims the progress chart is confidential yet he keeps it in the common room with public access that is shared by 3 student groups instead of his office. See more »


Nick Carpenter: You're going to have to be quicker than that if you want to play T.A.G.
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Performed by Madeleine Marks
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Forgotten 80's horror gem
24 April 2004 | by (Denver, Colorado and Santiago, Chile) – See all my reviews

Considering that every bad 80's slasher movie ever made seems to have a cult following these days (including, God help us all, the Sleepaway Camp trilogy), I find it highly ironic that a well-made, suspenseful, and entertaining film like this is now virtually forgotten. TAG has a great premise. It has some great b-movie talent including Robert Carradine, Bruce Abbot, erstwhile porn starlet Kristine DeBell, and a young Linda Hamilton. It was even directed by Nick Kastle, the man who played the Shape in the original Halloween. The problem with this movie, no doubt, was that, much like the original Halloween, it contained little blood and gore. After Friday the 13th in 1980 this was just not permissible (Halloween itself probably would have sunk like a stone had it been released five years later). So this great little movie is forgotten today while pointless dreck like Sleepaway Camp lingers like an unflushed turd in a poorly ventilated bathroom. There's just no justice in the world.

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