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Matinee (1989)

TV Movie  |   |  Horror, Mystery, Thriller  |  2 February 1990 (Canada)
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A small, depressed Canadian town is about to relive its tragic past when a popular movie director comes back to town - but who is the killer?



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Ron White ...
Al Jason
Beatrice Boepple ...
Timothy Webber ...
Earle Gardner
R. Nelson Brown ...
Heath Harris
Matt Hill ...
Bob Simpson
Kerry Sandomirsky ...
Kimelly Anne Warren ...
Walter Marsh ...
Shaw Sr
Claire Brown ...
Mrs. Halingson
Boyd McConnachie ...
Kelly's Boyfriend


Welcome to Holsten, B.C., a small town where no one is very happy. Two years ago the local movie theatre had a horror film festival, during which a local teen was murdered at the same moment and manner as the onscreen character. Now another horror movie festival is set to happen, and some people feel history will repeat itself. Sure enough, as the line between movies and reality blurs, the horror doesn't stay onscreen. Written by Richard Martin <>

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Midnight Matinee  »

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The opening scene is a shot-by-shot remake of the murder scene of Kevin Bacon's character in Friday the 13th (1980) See more »


Al Jason: [narrating] Funny thing is, no one talked about it. Locals referred to the murder as "the incident." That's not surprising. It's the kind of guilty small town where burying the past had been elevated to a virtue. Not that that suited me fine at first. I always had this picture in my head of a quiet friendly town, but pictures are deceiving.
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Written by Mike and Pam Caanagh and 'Kirby Howard'
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Canadian Made-For-TV Horror
22 October 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Two years ago the local movie theater had a horror film festival, during which a local teen was murdered at the same moment and manner as the on screen character. Now another horror movie festival is set to happen, and some people feel history will repeat itself.

I was fairly amused with the film starting out with the Kevin Bacon death scene from "Friday the 13th" (though without Bacon himself and the movie renamed "Murder Camp"). This seemed to bode well for how the rest of the film would go.

And then, well, the film goes nowhere... we have a few amusing scenes with a guy dancing on a skateboard, and you get to see a blonde, curly mullet and Major Briggs from "Twin Peaks". But, yeah, being made-for-TV it is pretty tame and not the bloody slasher it should be.

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