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Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
During scenes in the mental hospital when Katherine meets Crawford for the first time and releases him as her patient, two automatic doors use the infamous door opening sound from Star Trek: The Original Series. The second instance is a reversed version of the sample. See more »
When Crawford tries to get out of the van, he can't. Bubba mentions child proof locks. Shortly after that, Bubba gets out of the van using the same door, with no problems. See more »
one of the wildest and most entertaining horror films
Its been a while since I saw this, but I fondly remember it as being one of the wildest and most entertaining horror films of the 80s. I liked it even more than Re-Animator, partly because there is something more intriguing about parallel dimensions and the connection to schizophrenia, than Re-Animators simple (though still entertaining ) "dead come back to life"-scenario. Some of the outlandish effects seem to be influenced by Dali, bodies in a constant state transformation and re-evaluation. It is mind-boggling that it is still so hard to get a hold of on DVD, I only watched a British VHS copy years ago which had some cuts and I still long to see the original unrated version. The score, by Richard Band, is also impressively aggressive and atmospheric. Would somebody please just release it on DVD! They just don't make them like this anymore.
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