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Lucio Fulci (screenplay)
Lucio Fulci (story)
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Release Date:
April 1990 (USA) See more »
Save the last dance . . . for hell!
The owner of a prestigious New York ballet school teams up with a male model to solve a series of bizarre murders of a few of the students. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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  (in credits order)
Olga Karlatos ... Candice Norman
Ray Lovelock ... George Webb
Claudio Cassinelli ... Dick Gibson
Cosimo Cinieri ... Lt. Borges
Giuseppe Mannajuolo ... Prof. Davis
Berna Maria do Carmo ... Joan
Belinda Busato ... Gloria Weston
Maria Vittoria Tolazzi ... Jill

Geretta Geretta ... Margie (as Geretta Marie Fields)
Christian Borromeo ... Willy Stark (as Cristian Borromeo)
Robert Gligorov ... Bert
Carlo Caldera ... Bob
Riccardo Parisio Perrotti ... Steiner
Giovanni De Nava ... Hotel Receptionist
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Carla Buzzanca ... Janice (uncredited)
Al Cliver ... Voice Analyst (uncredited)
Silvia Collatina ... Molly (uncredited)

Lucio Fulci ... Phil, the agent (uncredited)
Mickey Knox ... Phil, the agent (voice: English version) (uncredited)
Angela Lemerman ... Susan (uncredited)
Robert Spafford ... Steiner (voice: English version) (uncredited)
Frank von Kuegelgen ... Prof. Davis (voice: English version) (uncredited)

Directed by
Lucio Fulci 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Gianfranco Clerici  screenplay
Gianfranco Clerici  story
Lucio Fulci  screenplay
Lucio Fulci  story
Roberto Gianviti  screenplay
Vincenzo Mannino  screenplay
Vincenzo Mannino  story

Produced by
Augusto Caminito .... producer
Gabriele Silvestri .... executive producer
Original Music by
Keith Emerson 
Cinematography by
Giuseppe Pinori 
Film Editing by
Vincenzo Tomassi 
Production Design by
Paolo Biagetti 
Art Direction by
Mauro Passi 
Set Decoration by
Mauro Passi 
Costume Design by
Michaela Gisotti  (as Michela Gisotti)
Makeup Department
Franco Casagni .... makeup artist
Maura Turchi .... hair stylist
Production Management
Sergio Iacobis .... production manager
Piero Lazzari .... unit manager
Tullio Lullo .... production supervisor
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Roberto Giandalia .... assistant director
Sound Department
Gianni D'Amico .... sound mixer
Eros Giustini .... sound
Eliano Negri .... sound mixer
Camera and Electrical Department
Enrico Appetito .... still photographer
Mariano Cafiero .... assistant camera
Silvano Tessicini .... camera operator
Guido Tosi .... assistant camera
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Sartoria Russo .... costumes (as Russo)
Editorial Department
Massimo Cataldo .... second assistant editor
Giancarlo Tiburzi .... first assistant editor
Music Department
Maurizio Guarini .... musician: additional keyboards
Other crew
Umberto Buffolo .... administrator
Nadia Chiatti .... choreographer
Pino Colizzi .... dubbing director
Camilla Fulci .... continuity
Gene Luotto .... dialogue director
Luigi Scardino .... administrator
Patrizia Zulini .... continuity
Vito Bruno .... thanks

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Murderock - Uccide a passo di danza" - Italy (original title)
"Slashdance" - Europe (English title) (dubbed version)
"The Demon Is Loose" - USA (dubbed version)
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93 min
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Since this film was shot in English, it had to subsequently be dubbed into Italian.See more »
Movie Connections:
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Fulci tries to dance, 21 October 2014
Author: chaos-rampant from Greece

I'm not going to dwell on the usual flaws, like woeful acting, inane story, they come with the territory, and I'm not going to dwell on the Flashdance influence, Fulci was known to ply his trade where ephemeral trends were expected to swing, it's how we got Zombi. Flashdance at the time would only perhaps have made apparent that horror set in a dance studio would be a natural idea, Argento had mined this.

Is it our job anyway as horror viewers to criticize acting or look down on influence? No, the real damning thing is the absence of an atmosphere that envelops; so much fuss is made here about a superficial mystery with suspects being paraded, so little energy invested in place, bodies, the swirl of madness. Fulci tries here and there, a few tricks with mirrors, a scene of hallucination, but it's all trivial spattering.

The appearances of the killer show this, each time a black-gloved hand reaches out from below a first-person camera to victims' faces that just stand there and only grimace a fake horror for the camera; mechanical.

None of other comments mention what has to be one of the most random things in movies; a girl has been left alone after practice in the lockerroom so we can have a first murder, a stern voice then comes in through the PA to announce the place is going to be locked down in a few minutes (a dance studio!), the voice sounds like it's warning NASA employees of a shutdown and for no reason lights begin to flash.

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