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Special Effects (1984)

A director makes a movie based on a murder he committed.

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
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Andrea Wilcox / Elaine Bernstein (as Zoe Tamerlis)
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Brad Rijn ...
Keefe Waterman
Kevin O'Connor ...
Det. Lt.Philip Delroy
Bill Oland ...
Det. Vickers
H. Richard Greene ...
Leon Gruskin (as Richard Greene)
Steven Pudenz ...
Wiesanthal
Heidi Bassett ...
Neville's Asst. Director
John Woehrle ...
Studio Executive (as John Woerhle)
Kitty Summerall ...
Andrea's Roommate
Kris Evans ...
Cosmetician
Mike Alpert ...
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Storyline

Reality and illusion collide in this thriller about a megalomaniacal movie director who murders a young would-be actress, then sets about making a feature about the deed, casting the dead woman's clueless husband as the patsy, and finding a dead ringer to play the part of the dead actress. Written by Eugene Kim <genekim@concentric.net>

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A Shocking, Sensual Thriller! See more »

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Drama | Horror | Thriller

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16 November 1984 (USA)  »

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Cutting Room  »

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1.85 : 1
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One of the head shots Neville and Detective Delroy look through is Dustin Hoffman as Dorothy Michaels in Tootsie See more »

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Andreas hair changes from wavy to curly in each scene See more »

Quotes

Neville: Like I always say, I don't know what I like until I see it. And then I *know* I don't like.
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References Zapruder Film of Kennedy Assassination (1963) See more »

Soundtracks

Just A Face (But Just The Same)
Performed by David Snider and The Defiel Band
Music and Lyrics by Michael Minard
©1984 Minard Music Company-ASCAP
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An average film!
21 October 2002 | by (Chyby, Poland) – See all my reviews

Larry Cohen's "Special Effects" is an average snuff-themed horror film.Eric Bogosian plays here an on-the-decline director who murders a starlet(brilliant Zoe Tamerlis,who sadly died in 1999)on camera and decides to use a dead ringer to make a film about the killing."Special Effects" is average-the script is mediocre and the action is dull at times.Still the snuff/murder scene(the strangling)is pretty nasty!The ending is also effective.All in all I'd recommend this film for undemanding horror fans-it's really nothing special,but if you want a passable time-killer...


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