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Lucio Fulci (screenplay)
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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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  (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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Shot in the winter during the months of December and January.See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in Fulci Talks: The Movies (2007)See more »
Are the Streets to BlameSee more »


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5 out of 5 people found the following review useful.
Let's dance, to the death, 16 August 2007
Author: lost-in-limbo from the Mad Hatter's tea party.

After the death of a highly regarded female dancer at New York's Artistic Dance Centre, the eyes turn to each other, as they learn that they are competing for only three spots that could see them living their dreams. Their dance teacher Candice Norman pushes them to the brink to achieve that goal, due to an accident that crushed her chance. Lt. Borges gets the case, and soon other well-regarded dance students are following the same fate of a hat-pin in the heart. Is joyously, and ambition becoming part of it, but Candice starts believing it's the man in her dreams George Webb, who she eventually meets, that might have something to do with the killings.

Oh didn't the flash dance era hit hard! With a clunky, overwrought soundtrack like this you just get that tingling sensation to join in with the dance routines. For some reason I got Blondie's groovy "Danceaway" stuck my head, when watching it. Constantly it was playing on a loop! Okay the cheesiness of the times really does shine through, but I thought it was a fair effort. It can drag and labour on from time to time, but director Lucio Fulci visually counter-punches those weak spots with raucous masterstrokes of suspense, mood and a slight touch of malevolence. Around this time his was at his peak of displaying gore and splatter to the extreme, but on this occasion his holding back quite a bit to basic deaths involving the unique, but repetitive hat pin to the heart. However the bare flesh is still evident, and there's a sexually arousing dance number or two. The surprisingly well executed use of the camera, lighting and the setting to the lead up to the deaths were far more effective. Fulci stylishly milks his artistic merit with some inspired images. To bad its brought undone by its second rate script with silly reasoning's and contrived developments. It's a trashy and unusual mix of dance and Giallo, but it could've been more twisted than the monotonous and goofy treatment it got. Other than a diverting grizzled, cynic cop performance by Cosimo Cinieri (with such great lines "… school full of S.O.B"), the rest of the lead acting is quite bland (Olga Karlato and Ray Lovelock) and the hilariously hideous dubbing didn't help. Claudio Cassinelli had his amusing moments. I guess the lovely looking girls are just there to pout at the camera and look good. The eclectically flashy music score by Keith Emerson is true to the era and fashionably stylised.

Interestingly watchable novelty that's well-directed, but the material doesn't really rise for the occasion, as it succumbs to unintentional silliness.

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