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The Last Horror Film (1982)

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

Cast overview, first billed only:
J'Len Winters ...
Girl In Jaccuzi / Beach Girl Teaser
John Kelly ...
Man In Theatre
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Vinny (as Joe Spinnel)
Simone Overman ...
Woman #1 In Theatre
Malgosia Casey ...
Woman #2 In Theatre
Patty Salier ...
Woman #3 In Theatre
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New York Man
George Valismis ...
New York Man
Peter D'Arcy ...
New York Man (as Peter Darcy)
Filomena Spagnuolo ...
Vinny's Mother (as Mary Spinnel)
Don Talley ...
Cowboy
Mai Britt Finseth ...
Bikini Girl / Beach Girl
Valerie ...
Bikini Girl
...
Robert Paget ...
Screening Room Jury
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Storyline

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 <chainsaw@intouch.bc.ca>

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Inescapable fear descends upon the French Riviera. See more »

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Comedy | Horror

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17 July 1985 (France)  »

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Fanatical Extreme  »

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$2,000,000 (estimated)
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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Joe Spinell's mother Filomena Spagnuolo plays his mother in this film. See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Priest: [stopping a young woman before going into a club] Good evening, mademoiselle. I'm doing a study from articles. I want to examine the psychological effect of the horror films on the public. Many people still believe that repeated viewings of these films is warping the minds of you young people. Now my study...
[a group of her friends walk by, calling her to join them and she abandons the old priest]
Priest: You little shit!
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References Sweet Savage (1979) See more »

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A slasher with a sense of humour
30 September 2012 | by (Edinburgh, Scotland, UK) – See all my reviews

A taxi driver is dangerously obsessed by a horror movie actress. He travels to Cannes to convince her to star in the movie he fantasises he is going to direct. A series of killings start.

On the face of it this is one of the many films from the early 80's slasher cycle. However, it's hardly typical of that genre. Sure, it has the usual slasher ingredients – lots of gory violence and lots of semi-nude girls – but overall the tone is quite different. There is a definite comic feel to this one. Much of that is down to lead actor Joe Spinell who plays the deranged taxi driver. Spinell is a good enough actor to make, what could easily be a very unlikable character, sympathetic. His interplay with his mother is also kind of funny and I suppose is a jokey take on the stereotypical mother-fixated psychopaths from these types of movies. Joe's delusional world view is illustrated with segments that blur fantasy and reality. We see him as a ludicrous tuxedoed famous director interspersed with the scenes of his grim reality. All of this stuff gives The Last Horror movie a definite difference from other movies with similar scenarios.

The film also stars Caroline Munro as the famous scream queen. And she looks pretty striking with her black and white mane of hair. Interestingly she is making a movie called 'Scream' and this was way before Wes Craven came up with his post-modern slasher. In fact, you could argue that this very film was playing around with a few of the ideas that Craven would use over a decade later to great commercial success. After all, this is a film that playfully points out the conventions of the slasher film while still essentially delivering various methods of bloody murder. What was also pleasing was the way that The Last Horror film winds things up with a pretty decent ending that wasn't obvious. So, all in all, this has to be considered one of the more innovative slasher flicks of the 80's.


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