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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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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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Dr. John Talbot: You're suggesting your patient is possessed? By whom?
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Living in a Cesspool
by Tavabonn
© 1986 Kutabov Music A.S.C.A.P.
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Solid 80s horror film
20 January 2010 | by (Williamsburg, VA) – See all my reviews

Starving artist George (Dennis Lipscomb) decides to end his life by jumping off his apartment building on Halloween night. As he lays dying, his body receives the spirit of a man who shares his birthday and is killed at the exact same time (confused?). He lives and the spirit takes over when George goes to sleep and seeks retribution on folks who burned him alive (Freddy who?). Of course, his psychiatrist Dr. Curtis (Leslie Wing) thinks he's crazy and Lt. Ashley (Hoyt Axton) thinks he is the killer. This is a pretty solid horror flick that I liked even more watching it now than back in the 80s. You can hear the filmmakers whisper, "It is like ELM STREET, see?" (the burned villain even looks like Freddy), but writer-director Guy Magar does enough to make it stand apart. The only misfire is a visit to one Doctor Rasta, a Rastafarian voodoo doctor. Oh, and lots of 80s neon. Was it really that prevalent? Lipscomb, looking like a nerdy Christopher Walken, is an interesting choice for a leading man and I like that casting. On the technical side, there is lots of great camera work and some interesting use of lighting. The gore appears to be cut, but is still plentiful. Magar cut his teeth on TV work and this was his first feature. He went on to do THE STEPFATHER III, which I also thought had great cinematography, and one of the CHILDREN OF THE CORN sequels.


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