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The Dark Side to Love (1984)

 -  Adventure | Comedy | Romance  -  1984 (USA)
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Pre-medical student Glen Marshall (Rick Barnes) falls head-over-heels for Gretta (Meridith Haze), a blue-movie actress who plays piano at a tawdry night club. Gretta leads Glen into a ... See full summary »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Merideth Haze ...
Gretta Connors
Rick Barnes ...
Glen Marshall
J. Martin Sellers ...
George Youngmeyer
Toni Covington ...
Contessa Pacelli
William Charles ...
Federico Libuse
Norm Keefer ...
Mark E. Ridley ...
Prince Flubutu (as Mark Ridley)
Theresa Jenson ...
Helen
David Lee Daniels ...
Lola the Drag Queen
Lou Dornbush ...
Poppa next door
Dorothy Mitchell ...
Momma next door
Michael G. Cavanaugh ...
Porno shop salesman
Tom Costello ...
Producer in office
Phyllis Guerrini ...
Glen's mother
Kim Keeler ...
Movie director
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Pre-medical student Glen Marshall (Rick Barnes) falls head-over-heels for Gretta (Meridith Haze), a blue-movie actress who plays piano at a tawdry night club. Gretta leads Glen into a nether-world of bizarre characters, including a group of rich patrons whose desires are not only quirky but dangerous. Bored and jaded by all of life's sensualities, they play their own imaginative versions of Russian roulette, seeking their final rush of adrenaline...death! Glen rebuffs the group at the first suicide game he attends. Gretta overdoses. Grieved, Glen attends her funeral. Nights later, he discovers Gretta is not dead but has become piano-player "Charlie White." Glen's obsession to restore Gretta to the woman he cherished incites the sinister circle to take them captives for the ultimate chilling and killing charade. Written by John Carr (IV)

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Rated R for sexuality/nudity, language and some drug use
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Cramfabulant!
4 December 2003 | by (New America) – See all my reviews

This movie is such an amazing achievement that I am struggling with what to say about it. No review or plot summary can ever even touch on the layered brilliance of this holy grail. As you may notice, I have had to invent the word 'cramfabulant' just to attempt to describe the emotional cocktail in which I was bathing while watching this cramfabulant film. Don't believe the poor star rating, or anyone who tries to explain this complex display of cramfabulessance. It simply needs to be experienced. But if I had to best describe it without mentioning the insanely amazing story, it would be something like "Imagine David Lynch directing the script of a low I.Q. first time screenwriting mental patient while both of them abused unapproved prescription meds in a closed garage full of open paint cans."


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