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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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Awards:
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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Continuity: When Tom is at the office talking to the vet, he is wearing a blue shirt and black tie, but when he drives to the vet's office, he is wearing a checkered shirt and black tie yet it is supposed to be the same day.See more »

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Hey, everyone's got to pay the rent, 8 September 2011
Author: sgtking from United States

One major downside to being an actor in the movies is that sometimes you have to do things you don't want to. Just like everyone else they have to pay the bills, so when they hit a dry period they take what they can get. The same can apply to directors who are looking for their big break. Before he gave us 'A Nightmare on Elm Street,' Wes Craven had some success in feature films. But the same year as the release of said classic, he made this made for TV dud that has largely been forgotten.

Pros: Actors do best they can with the material. Good, sometimes creepy score. Concept has potential. First half moves at a good pace. Great production design on the hell set.

Cons: Not much plot. Lacks suspense. Bland writing. Forgettable. Has not aged well. Mostly tedious second half. Lame finale. TV movie production values.

Final thoughts: It's always a shame when a talented director and cast are wasted in such an unmemorable film. It's not the fact that this is tame that's the problem, the film just is not the least bit scary. The first half introduces the characters and situation, but instead of building to a compelling and chilling second half it falls flat. Thank goodness these people went on to bigger and better things.

My rating: 1.5/5

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