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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 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 ...
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


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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This time... love could cost him his life! See more »

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Rated R for sexuality/nudity, language and some drug use




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1984 (USA)  »

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Carnival of Fools  »

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Edited into Night Train to Terror (1985) See more »

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Great tongue in cheek
12 August 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This film is acted and directed with just the right amount of tongue in cheek satire. I love watching it, especially the character of Mary Contrary. Paul Keefer, the actor playing this role stands out and really makes the film. A lot of films are just badly made and that is what makes them cult classics. However, this film is intentionally made to look and feel campy. John Carr does a terrific job of directing. However, the real star of the film, is (I hate to repeat myself) Paul Keefer as Mary Contrary. Every time he is in a scene, I just can't stop laughing. The one character that stands out however, like a sore thumb is William C Moore as Federico Lebuse. He tries too hard to act with a foreign accent and doesn't even come close to doing it with any type of ability. He isn't funny. He isn't clever. He isn't appealing. He just isn't an actor. In spite of his horrible job of acting and dragging the film down, it is a delightful film and a must see for anyone who appreciates fun comedy.

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