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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.
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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 »
NewsDesk:
(5 articles)
Deadly Pleasures: Wes Craven’s Vampire In Brooklyn
 (From DailyDead. 10 September 2015, 2:15 PM, PDT)

James Remembers Wes Craven
 (From CriterionCast. 7 September 2015, 6:00 AM, PDT)

Wes Craven, Creator of 'A Nightmare on Elm Street', Dies at 76
 (From MovieWeb. 30 August 2015, 6:59 PM, PDT)

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Saunas a bit too hot See more (17 total) »

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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A preliminary production asset of "story-boarding" a script by a visual lay-out graphic illustrator is rare - in a television movie or for a series program property; a luxury few producers budget nor schedule. Because of ABC's focus developing this MOW property for Susan Lucci, the producers (Robert Sertner and Frank von Zerneck) immediately hired the Russian film script illustrator Petko Kadiev; illustrating the script gave the producer's a visual presentation story-book to dazzle the network suits; an analysis of camera shots providing a visual tangible bible for both the director and the cinema-photographer. These film shot lay-outs provided the optical effects a complete analysis of their work to be performed. The Hollywood Effects house previously had provided the film-optical effects for all of the British produced James Bond films in their London based unit. The American owned effects company had established their Hollywood based facility in the heart of Hollywood, located in a huge warehouse-stage facility (near the Samuel Goldwyn Studio, located off Santa Monica Boulevard). The Petko Kadiev storyboard script sequence was handed over to the optical-effects team which determined the shot-sequence required by the script's dictated shot set-ups. Bob Urick performed all of his work, dressed in the NASA astronaut space suit during filming. He was not doubled by another actor nor by a stunt double. Staff-plastic-skin hard-wall flats, built on the Culver City production stage, were transferred to the Hollywood Effects stage for additional filming requirements, utilizing both first and second effect team photography units. This "Jessica Jones' hell inferno" two day optical effects filming sequence was the final filming of the MOW project.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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7 out of 11 people found the following review useful.
Saunas a bit too hot, 18 May 2006
Author: beerbohm from United Kingdom

A classy film pulled in 2 directions. To its advantage it is directed by Wes Craven. On the downside the TV film budget shows what could have been so much more with a larger budget. It moves along as Susan Lucci draws Robert Urichfamily into her clutches and trying to persuade him into the secret of her health club. His latest invention, a spacesuit which can analyse people or things becomes unexpectedly useful in his new neighbourhood. Anyone seeing this should pay attention to Susan Lucci. Her looks and performance had an unexpected repercussions a few years later. The actor, scientist and parapsychologist Stephen Armourae is a fan of this film and wrote a review of this film. Lucci became subject of a portrait by him followed as the basis for works of a sitter called Catherine. Lucci and Barbara Steele's portrait in 'Black Sunday' were used as references for the Catherine portraits which were immediately withdrawn by Armourae. Probably due to a personal nature between the artist and Catherine. So by seeing both films we can get an insight into another story and the appearance of unknown woman that would make an interesting film.

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