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The Last Horror Film (1982)

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A New York taxi driver stalks a beautiful actress attending the Cannes Film Festival, which coincides with a series of violent killings of the lady's friends.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Jana Bates
Joe Spinell ...
Vinny Durand
Judd Hamilton ...
Alan Cunningham
Devin Goldenberg ...
Marty Bernstein
David Winters ...
Stanley Kline
Susanne Benton ...
Susan Archer (as Stanley Susanne Benton)
Filomena Spagnuolo ...
Vinny's Mother (as Mary Spinell)
Glenn Jacobson ...
Bret Bates
J'Len Winters ...
Girl In Jaccuzi / Beach Girl Teaser
Sharon Hughes ...
Sean Casey ...
Don Talley ...
John Kelly ...
Man In Theatre
Simone Overman ...
Woman #1 In Theatre
Malgosia Casey ...
Woman #2 In Theatre


Vinny is obsessed with famous actress Jana Bates and is determined to have her star in his movie. He travels to the Cannes Film Festival in France to try and convince her. Unfortunately, he goes about things in a rather unprofessional manner and people invloved with Jana Bates begin to disappear. Written by Josh Pasnak <>

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Inescapable fear descends upon the French Riviera. See more »


Comedy | Horror


R | See all certifications »


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17 July 1985 (France)  »

Also Known As:

Fanatical Extreme  »

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$2,000,000 (estimated)

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1.85 : 1
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Vinny Durand's apartment was the same New York City apartment Joe Spinell lived in. See more »


A crew person can be glimpsed laying down on the ground throwing fake blood up at Brett while Vinny is slashing him with a chainsaw. See more »


Jana Bates: I've seen enough fake blood to know the real thing when I see it.
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Featured in My Best Maniac (2009) See more »


Another Time and Place
Lyrics and Music by Jesse Frederick and Jeff Koz
Performed by Jesse Frederick and Jeff Koz
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Released by Troma as FANATIC
3 September 2004 | by (The Netherlands) – See all my reviews

Scream…. but so much better. This film start the inimitable Joe Spinell in a part that only he knows how to deliver. Aspiring filmmaker Vinnie (Spinell) is an obsessive fan of scream queen Jenna Bates (Bond-girl Caroline Muroe) and wants to make his own film, with her as a star. This doesn't quite work out, and he stalks all the way to the Cannes film festival where things go from bad to even worse. This film from 1981 is made on a budget that wouldn't cover the first week's catering on some of the slick so-called Horror movies (i.e.: some teens running around screaming) but is so much better than most of them. The characters are a lot more believable than the stereotypes you see in the mainstream Hollywood so-called horror flicks in Scream and the Bad Guy (with all his good intentions) is much scarier than the ridiculous Freddie in his own much too famous film series. The atmosphere is extremely unsettling, which is enhanced by little things one could easily miss (like a theatre at Cannes advertising to show Cannibal Holocaust - a film you would hardly expect to play at today's Festival). One prophetic scene is saying a lot about the aforementioned Blockbuster Horror movies that Hollywood chunks out. During a press conference the star in the film Jenna Bates is asked if she is at the Cannes Festival to promote her new film. "Yes, and it is called 'Scream', is her answer. 'Now, that is bound to sell a lot of popcorn'. And this is fifteen years before Wes Craven released his ridiculous kiddies-horror - just an example to show where many filmmakers get their inspiration: from TROMA, of course. Highly recommended.

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