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Too Scared to Scream (1985)

A killer is brutually attacking several tenants that live in a high rise apartment building in New York City.

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Lt. Alex Dinardo
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Kate Bridges
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Frank
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Irma
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Sid
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Graziella
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Inez Hardwick
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Jack Oberman
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Mike
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Edward
Sully Boyar ...
Sydney Blume
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Nadine
Rony Clanton ...
Barker
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Mike Conners plays Detective Dinardo, a New York detective investgating a series of ghastly murders of various residents in highrise apartment complex. With some suspicion pointing to the strange doorman, Dinardo recruits police rookie Kate as bait to lure the killer into the open. Written by Matthew Patay

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This was Maureen O'Sullivan's first film since The Phynx (1970) 15 years earlier. See more »

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Referenced in Video Nasties: Moral Panic, Censorship & Videotape (2010) See more »

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I'll Be There
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Not a COMPLETE waste of time
7 November 2007 | by (Denver, Colorado and Santiago, Chile) – See all my reviews

This early 80's slasheresque movie is pretty bad really, but I kind of liked it for some reason. It involves a number of murders in a swanky high rise building. The killings are investigated by a male and female cop, and the main suspect is the reddest herring imaginable--a doorman and aspiring way off-Broadway actor. There is some blood, a lot of gratuitous nudity, and that sleazy urban ambiance of the early 80's also featured in movies like "Eyes of a Stranger", "Windows", as well as genuinely disturbing flicks like "Maniac" and "Nightmare in a Damaged Brain". It was one of the last of the gritty, downbeat 70's style exploitation flicks before the happy fascism of the Reagan era and before Rudy Guliani turned 42nd Street into Disneyland.

The movie was directed by obscure cult actor Tony LoBianca who appeared in "The Honeymoon Killers" and "God Told Me To". He never directed another movie, and I'm not sure how he ever came to direct this one. The female lead is Anne Archer, who was later in "Fatal Attraction" (and I'd rather watch this movie any day than that overrated and reactionary piece of crap). It's pretty hard to find (I bought a used PAL video in Buenos Aires for about 30 cents I think), but not a COMPLETE waste of time if you stumble across it.


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