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Dead of Winter (1987)

R  |   |  Drama, Horror, Thriller  |  6 February 1987 (USA)
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A fledgling actress is lured to a remote mansion for a screen-test, soon discovering she is actually a prisoner in the middle of a blackmail plot.


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Complete credited cast:
Julie Rose / Katie McGovern / Evelyn
Mr. Murray
Dr. Joseph Lewis
Rob Sweeney
Ken Pogue ...
Officer Mullavy
Officer Huntley
Mark Malone ...
Roland McGovern
Highway Patrolman
Sam Malkin ...
Gas Jock
Pamela Moller ...
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Dwayne McLean ...
Paul Welsh ...
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Katie McGovern is a struggling actress living with her husband and her student brother, who is visiting. She attends an audition that she found in the paper and is selected to shoot a short video which will be sent to the director for his approval. Mr. Murray, the man holding the audition, picks Katie up and takes her to a remote mansion where they shoot the video. Katie is selected to replace the previous lead in the film who looks remarkably like her. Soon, however, things begin to look as if they are not what they seem. Katie soon realizes she is in danger and attempts escape. Written by Brian D. Switzer <>

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6 February 1987 (USA)  »

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Froid comme la mort  »

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One of the co-writers, Mark Malone, also has a small roll as Katie's brother Roland. See more »


Telephone Operator: There is no 311 area code.
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References All My Children (1970) See more »

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Not bad for what it is...
6 June 2015 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I was torn between giving a 6 or a 7. Really I would say this is about a 6.5. It's an entertaining movie, there is no doubt about that. It is suspenseful and has a nice pace. The score, acting, setting, camera work... all that is fine if not good.

There is nothing really new here. I can't think of any other movies that have the exact same plot, but yet it all still seems very familiar. Reminds me of other better movies like The Shining. It has few nice little twists and turns and never gets boring, but it's also not terribly memorable.

One thing that it suffers from, in my opinion, is the same problem I had with the first Friday The 13th movie, an old crippled man who can barely walk just isn't all that menacing. Just like in Friday the 13th when you find out the killer is an old grandma, it just becomes a bit less scary.

It seems as though not many people have heard of this movie, and I suppose that is because there is nothing that really stands out about it, but if you like horror, suspense, mystery movies, then you will most likely enjoy this.

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