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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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Fame costs, and this is where you start paying... with your life! See more (19 total) »


  (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)
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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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Shot in the winter during the months of December and January.See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in Fulci Talks: The Movies (2007)See more »
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3 out of 4 people found the following review useful.
Fame costs, and this is where you start paying... with your life!, 27 April 2007
Author: BA_Harrison from Hampshire, England

After the blockbuster success of dance movies Fame and Flashdance, Lucio Fulci, Italy's 'King of Gore', decided it would be a good idea to cash-in on the craze, so in 1984 he gave the world Murder Rock, a giallo style thriller packed with energetic dance sequences (performed by bodacious babes in skimpy Lycra leotards and leggings) and several murders (performed by a mysterious unseen killer wearing gloves and a leather jacket).

Unfortunately, due to the modus operandi chosen by the movie's murderer—a hat pin in the heart—the film is considerably less gory than Fulci's earlier blood-drenched movies, and, despite it being one of his more competent and visually interesting efforts, many of his loyal fans were disappointed with the result. I found the film no less entertaining than most of Lucio's previous efforts, crammed as it is with wall-to-wall gyrating, sweaty hard-bodied honeys, but a bit more gore would certainly have been welcomed.

Starting with a long opening dance sequence in which we get to see our potential victims bopping away to a pounding disco beat, Fulci makes it quite clear that T&A is high on the agenda. The stunning girls enthusiastically writhe and thrust to the music, building up such a sweat that it isn't long before viewers are treated to the first shower scene, which ends with a busty blonde becoming victim number one. In a virtually bloodless murder, the killer pushes a bejewelled hat-pin into the girl's heaving bosom, puncturing her heart. And a legion of Fulci fans scream, 'Where's the gore?'.

And so it continues, with more dance sequences (including one erotic routine reminiscent of Jennifer Beal's nightclub act from Flashdance) and a few more splatter-free deaths. Fulci tries hard to emulate the directorial stylistics used by his contemporaries in the genre, and manages to throw together some quite interesting visuals, but the film soon becomes tedious, and with my two favourite girls offed first, I quickly started to lose patience.

In typical giallo fashion, the killer is revealed during the film's closing moments, but anyone who has seen this kind of thing before will probably have worked out who was responsible long before the end.

And the relevance of the hat-pins? Well that is never explained leaving me wondering why Fulci picked this method of killing when an axe to the head would have been so much juicier.

Murder Rock gets 6/10, primarily for the oodles of gratuitous nudity (hey, I'm easily pleased!).

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