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Retribution (1987)

A Manic depressive artist survives a suicidal fall only to be possessed by a murdered gangster, who uses the artist to seek vengeance on those that ended his life.

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Cast

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George Miller
Leslie Wing ...
Jennifer Curtis
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Angel
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Dr. Alan Falconer
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Dr. John Talbot
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Mrs. Stoller
Clare Peck ...
Carla Minelli
Chris Caputo ...
Dylan
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Lt. Ashley
Ralph Manza ...
Amos
Mario Roccuzzo ...
Johnny Blake
Harry Caesar ...
Charlie
Jeffrey Josephson ...
Joe Martinez
Danny Daniels ...
Rasta Doctor (as Danny D. Daniels)
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At Halloween George Miller jumps down from the roof of a hotel. But he's rescued and survives. In psychiatry the young Dr. Jennifer Curtis cares for him and gives him back his will to live. However he suffers from terrible nightmares. Back home, he discovers in the newspaper that his dreams, in which he forces other people to kill themselves in most cruel ways, seem to be reality. Written by Tom Zoerner <Tom.Zoerner@informatik.uni-erlangen.de>

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Horror | Mystery

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October 1987 (USA)  »

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Retribution: The Ultimate Nightmare  »

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$1,200,000 (estimated)
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Quotes

George Miller: [Begging Vito] NO MORE... NO MORE
Vito Minelli Sr.: [as he posesses George once again] ONCE MORE
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Living in a Cesspool
by Tavabonn
© 1986 Kutabov Music A.S.C.A.P.
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very well done death scenes, and an unusual lead actor
7 September 2005 | by (Upstate New York) – See all my reviews

Surprisingly good!

A plain, somewhat overweight, nerdy-looking man stands on the edge of the roof of the Don Hotel (no "tiny bubbles" jokes in the movie, though). From the masks on the people below, we can tell it's Halloween. He jumps, and the monsters below look sad. We see the tunnel of light, but a burnt or mutated face appears as emergency responders try to revive him.

In the hospital, he's rehabilitated, though he now walks with a cane and limp. The people in the Don Hotel, a somewhat strange bunch, are sympathetic, as is a neighborhood hooker he's friendly with. However, he has horrible vivid nightmares involving murder. Additionally, while he paints blood appears out of nowhere, and does at other times too and isn't just a hallucination it seems.

In the nightmares, he visits people and brutally kills them with some sort of telepathic abilities while his eyes glow. In the morning, the deaths are in the paper. Though there aren't a lot of murders, the scenes are pretty strong. One begins with some particularly graphic (possibly real) shots of a slaughterhouse. The way a man dies there is quite memorable.

While a Catholic priest works at the hospital, and the main character visits a church, the one attempt at exorcism is done by a "Dr. Rasta"! Perhaps more surprisingly, he's a friend of the hooker.


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