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Joe Tornatore (original characters and concept)
Mikel Angel (screenplay)
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Release Date:
9 September 1988 (USA) See more »
There is a fate worse than death.
A gang of crazed punkers breaks into a family's vacation home in the mountains and slaughters the entire family... See more » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)

Linda Blair ... Lisa

Tab Hunter ... Rod

Donna Wilkes ... Kathy
Brad Wilson ... Scratch
Nels Van Patten ... Gibbs (also as Nells Van Patton) (as Nels Van Patton)
Sharon Hughes ... Donna
Michelle Bensoussan ... Shelly
Guy Stockwell ... Orville Kruger
Charles Dierkop ... Matson
Chuck Morrell ... Jim Fulton
Lincoln Tate ... Blane
Luana Patten ... Old Lady

Robert Z'Dar ... Eric

Billy Frank ... Ear Box
Bunky Jones ... Belle (as Bunki Z)
Robert Apisa ... Patrick (as Bob Apiza)
Alva Megowan ... Malinda
John F. Goff ... Producer (as John Goff)
Mikel Angel ... Writer
Ray Sterling ... Pete
Tracy Hutchinson ... Sandy
Eddy Donno ... Director (as Eddie Donno)
Donald Tornatore ... Ghoul (as Don Tornatore)
Jeff Richard ... Wolf Mann
Stacey Alden ... Young Lady (as Stacy Alden)
Chuck Foster ... Hunter
Bob Leon ... Doctor
Holly Morrell ... Receptionist
Tammy Foster ... Little Girl #1
Kelly Looney ... Little Girl #2
Joe Tornatore ... Charlie
Mike Lane ... Frank N. Stien
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Robert Zoller ... Sheriff (uncredited)

Directed by
Joe Tornatore 
Writing credits
Joe Tornatore (original characters and concept)

Mikel Angel (screenplay)

Produced by
Linda Blair .... associate producer
Mike Lane .... producer
Chuck Morrell .... producer
Maurice Smith .... executive producer
Ray Sterling .... executive producer
Lincoln Tate .... associate producer
Original Music by
Jack Cookerly 
William Loose  (as Bill Loose)
Cinematography by
Billy Dickson (director of photography) (as Bill Dickson)
Film Editing by
Bob Nielsen 
Art Direction by
Richard N. McGuire  (as Richard McGuire)
Costume Design by
Dorothy Amos 
Makeup Department
John Naulin .... special makeup effects artist
Shayna Naulin .... assistant special effects makeup
Jackie Saldana .... assistant makeup artist
Barbara Wolfe .... key makeup artist (as Barbara Wolf)
Production Management
Sanford Hampton .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Eddy Donno .... first assistant director (as Eddie Donno)
Art Department
Danny Martin .... set dresser
Robert Zoller .... prop master
Sound Department
Craig Felburg .... sound mixer
Cameron Hamza .... boom operator
Joel Racheff .... cable man
Cathy McKelvey .... assistant sound editor (uncredited)
Frank McKelvey .... sound editor (uncredited)
Cathie Speakman .... supervising adr editor (uncredited)
Eddy Donno .... stunt coordinator (as Eddie Donno)
Camera and Electrical Department
John Bertram .... key grip
Stephen Collins .... camera operator: additional photography
Stephen Collins .... first assistant camera
Michael Conner .... second assistant camera
Richard Crompton .... electrical best boy (as Chard Crompton)
Marcus 'Roo' Flower .... electrician (as Marcus Flower)
Chris Morley .... gaffer
Bill Robbins .... utility grip
Javan Schaller .... set photographer
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Kim McClellan .... key wardrobe
Laurie Sullivan .... assistant wardrobe
Editorial Department
Chet Lewis .... assistant editor
Chris Weber .... negative cutter
Other crew
Dean Cramer .... production secretary
Ramon N. D'Onofrio .... financial services: United Atlantic Investment
George 'Buck' Flower .... pre-production coordinator (as Buck Flower)
Chuck Foster .... location manager
Nancy Karlin .... script supervisor (as Nancy Carlin)
Armand Szulc .... financial planner
Bitsie Topper .... location manager

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Linda Blair once stated in an interview with Fangoria magazine that the original title of the film wasn't as exploitive, and as associate producer, she could have sued to fight the change, but it would have ended up costing her more money than she got out of the whole project.See more »


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Too daft not to be fun., 14 October 2011
Author: BA_Harrison from Hampshire, England

Grotesque (1988) is a truly weird slice of cheesy 80s horror that suffers from something of an identity crisis: the film doesn't adhere to a single sub-genre, but is a strange concoction of home invasion horror, monster movie, and revenge flick, all topped off with an absolutely insane double-twist ending. The result is far from what you would call brilliant film-making, but it is definitely loopy enough to provide an entertaining time for those who actively seek out B-movie strangeness.

Director Joe Tornatore quickly sets the unpredictable tone for his film, beginning with a film-within-a-film prologue, after which he introduces us to close friends Kate and Lisa (B-movie favourites Linda Blair and Donna Wilkes) who, while driving to visit Kate's parents at their remote mountain retreat, run into a spot of bother with a gang of punks (assorted rejects from Class of 1984 and Mad Max, whose number includes the unmistakable Robert Z'dar) before hastily making their escape.

During the night, however, the punks find their way to the house, break in, and slaughter the occupants, mistakenly believing there to be a fortune hidden somewhere in the property; what they find instead is hideously deformed man-child Patrick (Bob Apiza), the family secret, who understandably ain't too happy to see the uninvited guests. Angry Patrick goes on the rampage, tracking down and killing the punks one by one, but before he can take care of their leader Scratch (Brad Wilson) and his bitch Shelly (Michelle Bensoussan), the ugly oaf is shot dead by a posse who believe him to be the one responsible for all the dead folk back home.

At this point the film feels like it has reached a natural end, but it ain't over yet: Kate's Uncle Rod, a successful plastic surgeon, turns up on the scene and, after a spot of very dull and inefficient police procedure that allows Scratch and Shelly to walk free, decides to take the law into his own hands. This insane revenge finale, which packs a neat surprise, sees the film bouncing back in fine style, and then to cap it all, Tornatore tacks on a completely loopy ending featuring—believe it or not—Frankenstein's monster and the Wolfman!!!

As you can probably tell, Grotesque is utterly bonkers trash from start to finish, but with its atrocious punks, some half decent violence (best bit: a punkette having her spine snapped against a tree), cool vengeful freak Patrick, unpredictable action, and a jaw-droppingly silly finale, it's just too much fun to ignore.

6.5 out of 10, rounded up to 7 for IMDb (although it would have been a fully-fledged 7 or higher had Wilkes or Blair shown some skin!).

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