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The Last Horror Film (1982)

R  |   |  Comedy, Horror  |  17 July 1985 (France)
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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

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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

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A Deadly Game of Hide and Seek. 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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Trivia

Joe Spinell's mother Filomena Spagnuolo plays his mom in the movie. See more »

Goofs

When Vinnie is reading Starburst magazine in his cab, the position in which he is holding the magazine changes between shots. See more »

Quotes

[last lines]
[after watching the rough cut of Vinny's movie in a screening room]
Vinny's Mother: Vinny, I'm real proud of you. You finally did make your movie with Jana Bates.
Vinny Durand: Thanks, Ma. But this'll be the first and last horror film I'll ever make. Let me tell you about my next movie. You got any more baked maccaroni?
Vinny's Mother: Nope.
Vinny Durand: Anyway, let me tell you about my next picture.
Vinny's Mother: Vinny...
Vinny Durand: It's a science fiction drama. I'm on a ship in outer space... just me and Jana.
Vinny's Mother: Vinny...
Vinny Durand: Lost in space, fighting off aliens and space ...
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Crazy Credits

End cast list is presented in order of appearance. See more »

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References National Heritage (1981) See more »

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You're Just a Dreamer
Written and performed by Jesse Frederick and Jeff Koz
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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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