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Release Date:
24 May 1984 (USA) See more »
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Horror Master Wes Craven turns a family's lifelong dream into their worst nightmare.
Plot:
A family moves to a suburban town only to be coerced into joining a suspicious club. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Nominated for Primetime Emmy. See more »
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Cast

  (in credits order)

Robert Urich ... Matt Winslow

Joanna Cassidy ... Patricia 'Pat' Winslow

Susan Lucci ... Jessica Jones

Joe Regalbuto ... Tom Peterson

Kevin McCarthy ... Mr. Thompson

Patty McCormack ... Mary Peterson (as Patricia McCormack)

Bill Erwin ... Walt Henderson

Soleil Moon Frye ... Chrissy Winslow

Barret Oliver ... Robbie Winslow
Nicholas Worth ... Sheriff
Virginia Vincent ... Grace Henderson
Greg Monaghan ... Pete

Lois Hamilton ... Miss Winter

Cal Bartlett ... Stepson
Anne Marie McEvoy ... Janie (as Annemarie McEvoy)

Bruce Gray ... Larry Ferris
Gino De Mauro ... Jimmy
Jason Presson ... Billy
John Zenda ... Doorman
Billy Beck ... Mover

Michael Berryman ... Valet

Francis von Zerneck ... Newsboy (as Frank von Zerneck Jr.)

Directed by
Wes Craven 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Richard Rothstein 

Produced by
Robert M. Sertner .... producer
Frank von Zerneck .... executive producer
 
Original Music by
Sylvester Levay 
 
Cinematography by
Dean Cundey 
 
Film Editing by
Ann E. Mills 
Gregory Prange 
 
Art Direction by
Hub Braden 
 
Set Decoration by
Bill Harp 
 
Makeup Department
Les Berns .... key makeup artist
Stephen Robinette .... key hair stylist
 
Production Management
Phillips Wylly Sr. .... executive in charge of production
Phillips Wylly Sr. .... production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
John M. Poer .... first assistant director (as John Poer)
Gregory Prange .... second unit director (as Greg Prange)
John N. Whittle .... second assistant director (as John Whittle)
 
Art Department
Jerry Esposito Jr. .... construction coordinator
Petko D. Kadiev .... storyboard artist
Victor E. Petrotta Sr. .... property master (as Vic Petrotta)
 
Sound Department
Richard S. Church .... sound (as Dick Church)
Rich Harrison .... sound effects
 
Special Effects by
Ken Pepiot .... special effects
 
Stunts
Anthony Cecere .... stunt coordinator
Rob King .... stunt performer
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Clyde E. Bryan .... assistant camera
Steve Mathis .... lighting technician
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Roberta Newman .... wardrobe: women
Sanford Slepak .... costume supervisor (as Sandy Slepak)
 
Editorial Department
Bert Glatstein .... assistant editor
Thomas Jarvis .... assistant editor
 
Music Department
Terri Fricon .... music supervisor
John Mick .... music editor
 
Other crew
Tom Brocato .... publicist
Stuart Lippman .... script supervisor
Anthony J. Saenz .... location manager (as Tony Saenz)
 

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96 min
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The set for the residential interior was constructed on a sound stage in/at the Culver City Studios on Washington Boulevard (the old Selznick Studio of "Gone With The Wind" fame). Production offices, also, were located at the studio. The interior living room stage set required a turn around for the scenario effects script requirement (with wind and bricks flying from and through the walls). On the same sound stage, the health club set was erected with three thicknesses of plaster wall board covering the wooden stage flooring set footprint, required for the controlled fire effects when Susan Lucci introduces her "hellish" character's charms! The translucent vacuum formed panels, used in the set wall panels, actually started melting from the intense heat radiated from the gas-line-pipes which were positioned to create the aisle of fire Susan Lucci walked through. The fire sequence required several re-takes causing the plastic material melting. Viewing the sequence, you can see the vacuum formed 4" deep pyramid pattern-plastic design sag on camera. Susan Lucci's costume and hair was singed and scorched from the intense heat.See more »
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Revealing mistakes: A pull wire is visible when Matt Winslow shoots Tom Peterson with a laser beam, throwing him back.See more »
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2 out of 2 people found the following review useful.
Bizarre Film Filled With Plot Holes and Obvious Twists, 28 September 2010
Author: gavin6942 from United States

A man (Robert Urich) get a promotion and moves his family to an isolated community. Here there are a different way of doing things, and a local country club dominates the lives of the citizens... with more going on than meets the eye.

Although this film is entertaining to a point, its made-for-TV origins limit the fun Craven could have had with sex and blood... this film is quite tame, and completely bizarre. Don't ask too many questions about how the plot works, or you'll go crazy.

Mike Mayo nails it on the head when he says, "A capable cast can't compete with goofy plot revelations", and laments that the film "lacks the subversive excesses of his early films". It's true. Maybe this is a swipe at exclusive clubs or yuppies, but it's just toothless. And the biggest plot revelation is revealed in the first minute of the film...

Michael Berryman has a small cameo, and Soleil Moon Frye (Punky Brewster) has some memorable lines and moments, including one with a bunny. If you're waiting for a creepy scene, the closest you come is during a sleepover. And Susan Lucci? The DVD box calls her a "sexy director"... I guess "sexy" meant something else in 1984.

This film could be ranked as Wes Craven's oddest film, and makes a good drinking picture for you and some friends. I suspect most people have never heard of it, and I doubt that Craven really tries to get people to notice.

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