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Spellcaster -- A brother and sister, Tom and Jackie, receive a mysterious sweepstake invitation worth one million dollars along with two free plane tickets to the contest site. In HD.

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He knows what you fear. See more »
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A group of people are killed one by one while participating at a million dollar treasure hunt in a mysterious Italian castle. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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As Band Productions Go, I'd Call This One A "Lollapa-SNOO-za"... See more (10 total) »

Cast

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Adam Ant ... Diablo / Cyril St. Michael
Richard Blade ... Rex

Gail O'Grady ... Jackie
Harold Pruett ... Tom
Bunty Bailey ... Cassandra Castle

Kim Johnston Ulrich ... Teri
Michael Zorek ... Harlan
Martha Demson ... Myrna

Traci Lind ... Yvette (also as Traci Linn) (as Traci Lin)

William Butler ... Billy

Michael Deak ... Andy
Donald Hodson ... Bruno
Marcello Modugno ... Tony
Dale Wyatt ... Jamie

Directed by
Rafal Zielinski 
 
Writing credits
Ed Naha (story)

Dennis Paoli (screenplay) &
Charlie Bogel (screenplay) (as Charles Bogel)

Produced by
Charles Band .... executive producer
Roberto Bessi .... producer
Debra Dion .... associate producer
 
Original Music by
Nathan Wang 
 
Cinematography by
Sergio Salvati 
 
Casting by
Anthony Barnao 
 
Production Design by
Giovanni Natalucci 
 
Makeup Department
Bruce Barlow .... special makeup effects artist
Giancarlo Del Brocco .... makeup designer
Bill Forsche .... special makeup effects artist (uncredited)
 
Production Management
Stefano Priori .... unit manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Jerry Goldberg .... second assistant director: reshoots
Tom Milo .... first assistant director: reshoots
 
Sound Department
Luciano Muratori .... boom operator
Primiano Muratori .... sound engineer
Doug Reed .... foley artist
 
Special Effects by
Bruce Barlow .... mechanics: Mechanical and Makeup Imageries Inc.
John Carl Buechler .... designer/supervisor: Mechanical and Makeup Imageries Inc.
John Carl Buechler .... effects coordinator: on location, Mechanical and Makeup Imageries Inc.
John Carl Buechler .... special creature and makeup effects
John Carl Buechler .... special effects (as John Buechler)
William Butler .... lab technician: Mechanical and Makeup Imageries Inc.
William Butler .... makeup artist: on location, Mechanical and Makeup Imageries Inc.
Scott Coulter .... lab technician: Mechanical and Makeup Imageries Inc.
John Criswell .... mechanics: Mechanical and Makeup Imageries Inc.
Michael Deak .... lab technician: Mechanical and Makeup Imageries Inc.
Michael Deak .... on-set effects supervisor
Michael Deak .... rigger: on location, Mechanical and Makeup Imageries Inc.
Jeffrey S. Farley .... lab technician: Mechanical and Makeup Imageries Inc.
Thomas Floutz .... lab technician: Mechanical and Makeup Imageries Inc.
John Foster .... lab technician: Mechanical and Makeup Imageries Inc.
Kenneth J. Hall .... shop foreman: Mechanical and Makeup Imageries Inc.
Greg Johnson .... lab technician: Mechanical and Makeup Imageries Inc.
Jeff Kennemore .... lab technician: Mechanical and Makeup Imageries Inc.
Andrew Kenworthy .... lab technician: Mechanical and Makeup Imageries Inc.
Eryn Krueger Mekash .... lab technician: Mechanical and Makeup Imageries Inc. (as Eryn Krueger)
Ralph Miller .... lab technician: Mechanical and Makeup Imageries Inc.
Giancarlo J. Sini .... assistant accountant: Mechanical and Makeup Imageries Inc.
Daniele Tiberi .... production accountant: Mechanical and Makeup Imageries Inc.
 
Visual Effects by
Joe Dolinich .... modeler
 
Editorial Department
Juliet Avola .... post-production
David Orr .... color timer
 
Other crew
Andrea Borella .... production assistant
Giancarlo J. Sini .... production accountant
 

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Finished in 1988. Not released until 1992.See more »
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5 out of 9 people found the following review useful.
As Band Productions Go, I'd Call This One A "Lollapa-SNOO-za"..., 4 February 2007
Author: Christopher T. Chase (cchase@onebox.com) from Arlington, VA.

Remember all the old Roger Corman flicks, where he had some money, props, locations and actors left over from a recently wrapped movie, and he or someone working with him dashed off a quick script to take advantage of the opportunity? Well, SPELLCASTER plays just like one of those...except that producer Charles Band forgot one important ingredient...a storyline that would actually make it entertaining and watchable! You would think that by having a script co-written by Ed Naha (DOLLS) and Dennis Paoli (RE-ANIMATOR, FROM BEYOND), it would've turned out better than it actually did, and maybe the script WAS good. But what's on the page doesn't necessarily make it to the screen, and boy, does it really show here. This was one of those few Empire Pictures movies I didn't catch up to back in the Eighties, and now I can see why. Subconsciously, I must've known it was better to stay away.

Former NYPD BLUE cast member Gail O'Grady was getting her start here, as one of a group of "lucky winners" of a contest sponsored by a rock music channel (think a really low-budget MTV). The prize is getting flown to an ancient castle in Italy, (actually Empire's chief location back then, where many of the films were made), to meet top pop star Cassandra Castle (DOLLS' Bunty Bailey), and participate in a scavenger hunt for a check worth $1 million. The castle, of course, belongs to the mysterious and elusive "Signor Diablo" (Adam Ant), which automatically should tell you that Really Bad Things are about to happen.

Yep. Bad acting, bad direction and ridiculously bad editing. O'Grady and Bailey are probably the two most watchable performers in this whole mess. I'd make it three including Adam Ant, but he doesn't even show up till near the end of the third reel.

The most interesting and fun things about SPELLCASTER are the title and the opening sequence, when Bailey does a music video as Castle that's every bit as engagingly cheesy as the vids you used to see on MTV back in its infancy. After that, folks, it's all downhill from there, as you watch the usual horror stereotypes, (tarty French girl, slutty American floozy, sleazy Italian gigolo punk, fat, greasy, junk-food-eating loser, etc.) fall victim to the best special effects work that John Carl Buechler's MMI could come up with on a non-existent budget.

Fans of Empire's Eighties catalog may actually have fond memories of this movie. Personally, I do have the same sentiments about some of their flicks...but this definitely wasn't one of them.

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