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Mark Frost (original screenplay) and
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23 October 1987 (USA) See more »
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Strange visions come to haunt a singer when she and her boyfriend-psychiatrist move into the old house that is haunted by the ghost of a slave owner. | Add synopsis »
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Andrew Stevens ... David Young

Mary Page Keller ... Kate Christopher

David Ramsey ... George Masterson
Josh Segal ... Jason
Bill Hindman ... Dr. Ben Brightman (as William M. Hindman)
Jackie Davis ... Detective Whitcomb (as Jakie Davis)
Nicole Fortier ... Elizabeth Masterson
Brian Smith ... Director
Tony Shepherd ... Wally
Tom Kouchalakos ... Michael Murphy
Jennifer Hingel ... Jennifer
Richard Jason ... Elizabeth's Son
Pete Conrad ... Short Man
Carol Gun ... Sherry
Ellen Simmons ... Claire
Chris Gilbert ... Mover
Dee Dee Deering
Denis Hartigan
Patricia Rainier
Artie Malesci
Donald Duke

Andra Dalto
Clarence Thomas
Cortney Brown
Irving Jones

Jay Amor
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Jack McDermott ... Police Lt. (uncredited)

Directed by
Richard Friedman 
Writing credits
Mark Frost (original screenplay) and
Daniel F. Bacaner (original screenplay) and
Richard Friedman (original screenplay)

Produced by
Daniel F. Bacaner .... producer
Charles S. Carroll .... associate producer
Original Music by
The Barber Brothers 
Cinematography by
Yuri Denysenko 
Film Editing by
Nick Stagliano  (as Nick Gerard Stagliano)
Casting by
Julie Hughes 
Barry Moss 
Production Design by
Wynn Thomas  (as Wynn P. Thomas)
Costume Design by
Beverly Safier 
Makeup Department
Barry Anderson .... assistant special effects makeup artist
Tyler Smith .... special effects makeup creator (as Tyler K. Smith)
Production Management
Mel Kiser .... unit manager
Siu-King Wong .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Annie Loeffler .... second assistant director (as Anne Loeffler)
David Tripet .... assistant director: second unit
Katarina Wittich .... first assistant director
Art Department
Suzi Margolin .... property master
David-Michael Petragnani .... assistant property master
Anthony Stabley .... set dresser
Sound Department
Joe Foglia .... sound mixer
Michael Lang .... sound editor
Thomas R. Rondinella .... supervising sound editor
Artie Malesci .... stunt coordinator
Editorial Department
Thomas R. Rondinella .... assistant editor
Location Management
Michael King .... assistant location manager
Mel Kiser .... location manager
Music Department
The Barber Brothers .... score produced by
Other crew
Philip Hoelcher .... pigeon wrangler (as Phil Hoelcher)
Melanie Muroff .... production office coordinator

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"The Masterson Curse" - New Zealand (English title) (video title)
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83 min
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Revealing mistakes: The workman's eyes clearly move after he is dead.See more »
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Silly Little Film, 13 January 2007
Author: CMRKeyboadist from Sleesburg, VA.

Scared Stiff is definitely a film that most B horror fans should venture into seeing. It literally has EVERYTHING. Horrible editing, awful acting, a script that goes nowhere, off the wall gore (at the end), and an incredible silly ending!

Kate, David and Kate's son move into and old house. Kate is an actress and David is a therapist. When they move into this house things start going very strange as Kate starts seeing things, along with her son. It turns out that the house they moved into belonged to an evil man that tortured slaves back in the late 1800's. As the family stays in the house lounger, the more possessed David becomes.

I have a soft spot for movies like this. Yes, it was a terrible film. No doubt about that. But, did I enjoy this film... I would have to say yes. For fans of a genre long dead this is definitely worth seeing as the story is actually not half bad. It is everything else that brings this movie down. Example: there is a scene in which a man is hanging outside of a window. We get a close up of his face for roughly 15 seconds. At the end of the scene, we see the mans eyes move. Truly poor editing. If you watch this movie you will see many inconsistencies. For me, that is what gives it its charm.

Goofy movie that is well worth watching for all of you 80's horror fans. 6/10

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