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Bert L. Dragin (screenplay) &
Robert McDonnell (screenplay)
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Release Date:
October 1988 (USA) See more »
Beyond The Living ... Beyond The Dead! See more »
The Cates family is thrilled to learn they have inherited the old mansion of the deranged, stage actor... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Tom Bresnahan ... Scott Cates (as Tom Breznahan)
Jill Whitlow ... Robin Cates / Myrna
Jonathan Chapin ... Crip / Tyler Walker
Christopher Burgard ... Silk

Sam Melville ... Harry Cates

Brooke Bundy ... Sylvia Cates

Todd Bridges ... Petie
Shawn Player ... Stony
Joleen Lutz ... Candy
Raymond Garcia ... Cheeta
Travis McKenna ... Melvin
Charlie Spradling ... Tina
Lance Wilson-White ... Pizza Boy
Janice Ehrlich ... Policewoman

Bob Mclean ... Harry Cates, Sr. (as Bob McLean)
Richard Meadows ... Potter
Lance Gordon ... Calvin
Bud Anthony ... Policeman #1
Eric Fleeks ... Policeman #2
Steven A. Finly ... Policeman #3 (as Steve Finley)
James Devon ... Policeman #4 (as Brett Garrison)
Dean Alexander ... Garbage Driver
Susie McDonnell ... Campus Girl
Barry Diamond ... Truck Driver's Voices (voice)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Raymond Cruz ... Gang Member

Joel Ross ... Student (uncredited)

Directed by
Bert L. Dragin  (as Bert Dragin)
Writing credits
Bert L. Dragin (screenplay) (as Bert Dragin) &
Robert McDonnell (screenplay)

Produced by
Guy J. Louthan .... producer
Robert McDonnell .... producer
Original Music by
David Bergeaud 
Cinematography by
Zoran Hochstätter (director of photography) (as Zoran Hochstatter)
Film Editing by
Patrick Rand 
Casting by
Kevin Alber 
Production Design by
Steve Rice  (as Stephan Rice)
Set Decoration by
Anna Rita Raineri 
Costume Design by
Claire Joseph 
Makeup Department
Michael Burnett .... special makeup effects creator
Michael Burnett .... special makeup effects designer
Vance Hartwell .... makeup effects assistant
Jake McKinnon .... makeup effects assistant
Brenda Moen .... assistant hair stylist
Brenda Moen .... assistant makeup artist
Susan Reiner .... hair stylist
Susan Reiner .... makeup artist
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Skot Bright .... second assistant director
Kelly Schroeder .... first assistant director (as Kelly Shroeder)
Michael Yeaman .... second second assistant director
Art Department
Maureen Farley .... prop assistant
Mark Haskins .... prop assistant
Loy Hopkins .... lead person (as Loy Baron-Hopkins)
Joel Ross .... assistant art director
Lisa Yarick .... property master (as Lisa 'Mike' Yarick)
Sound Department
Ara Ashjian .... sound recordist
Kenneth R. Burton .... sound effects editor (as Ken Burton)
Gregory Cheever .... sound recordist (as Greg 'The Cheev' Cheever)
William Fiege .... sound mixer
Jeffrey J. Haboush .... sound re-recording mixer
Victor Iorillo .... sound effects editor
Warren Kleiman .... adr mixer
Warren Kleiman .... foley mixer
Dan Ortiz .... transfers
Greg P. Russell .... sound re-recording mixer
Jackson Schwartz .... adr mixer
Jackson Schwartz .... foley mixer
Steve Williams .... post-production sound supervisor
Ian Wright .... boom operator
Special Effects by
Steve Galich .... special effects coordinator
James Thompson .... special effects assistant
David Woods .... special effects assistant
John Branagan .... stunt coordinator
Eugene Collier .... stunt performer
Rob King .... stunt performer
Carol Neilson .... stunt performer (as Carol Nielson)
Brian Smrz .... stunt performer (as Brian Smerz)
Gregg Smrz .... stunt performer (as Craig Smerz)
Patrick J. Statham .... stunt performer (as Patrick J. Stratham)
Debbie Wilson .... stunt performer
John Branagan .... stunt performer (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Elizabeth J. Annas .... still photographer
Ron Bahara .... first assistant camera
Jürgen Baum .... gaffer (as Jurgin Baum)
Igor Meglic .... cinematographer: second unit
David C. Negrin .... second assistant camera (as David Negrin)
Larry Roth .... best boy electric
James Lawrence Spencer .... key grip (as James Spencer)
Derek Wells .... best boy grip
Casting Department
John Samsel .... casting associate
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Dominga Ortiz .... wardrobe assistant
Editorial Department
Domonic Muir .... assistant editor (as Brian Muir)
Mary Nelson-Duerrstein .... negative cutter (as Mary Duerrstein)
Music Department
Ron Bloom .... musician: lead guitar
Ron Bloom .... programmer: Fairlight
Brad Buxer .... additional keyboard programmer
Stephen Chase .... second assistant engineer (as Steve Chase)
Eddie Delena .... mixing engineer (as Edward Delena)
Eddie Delena .... recording engineer (as Edward Delena)
Siana Hale .... assistant to the composer
Barry Levine .... music supervisor: International Music Group
Guy Snider .... first assistant engineer
Other crew
Sharon Anton .... assistant to director
Tony Ip .... title designer
Araxie Khanzadian .... production assistant
Paul Kowalczk .... production assistant (as Paul Kowalczyk)
Joanne Leivici .... auditor
Kathy Mulligan .... script supervisor
Connie Rosales .... location manager
Richard Rosales .... location manager
Diana Schmidt .... production coordinator
Crew believed to be complete

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
87 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:

Did You Know?

Tom Bresnahan did almost all of his own stunts.See more »
Continuity: When Scott and Robin are being chased in the hearse, a leather cap appears on Scotts head in one shot, and quickly disappears again.See more »
Movie Connections:
References First Blood (1982)See more »
Santa Ana WindsSee more »


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4 out of 4 people found the following review useful.
Last curtain call., 3 September 2007
Author: lost-in-limbo from the Mad Hatter's tea party.

The Cates family inherited an old mansion in Beverly Hills from their late uncle Tyler Walker, who was a well-known stage actor. When they get there, they find the rundown place to be overrun by some street punks who want nothing but trouble. After the Cates' teenagers make fools of those punks, they want to make their lives living hell. But also their uncle Tyler's spirit still hangs around the house, and doesn't seems to like the street punks' intrusion.

Roger Corman's Concorde churns out an uneven, but well intended low-rent b-horror film that stage an entertainingly weird mixture, where it has the story criss-crossing into campy fields of supernatural and revenge, and then finally combining the two. Everything about it is stereotypical with the usual shenanigans, but director Bert Dragin does a well enough job with his pacing and makes the twisty style unpredictable and always engaging. Limitations don't hold it back, as the competent make-up and special f/x generates some creative and effective moments. It slowly builds itself up, for a crackerjack closing half. Some demented scenes towards the end, are well worth the attention. Sure the technical side of the production might not be perfect (with the boom mike constantly becoming visible), but it was surefooted. Zoran Hochstatter's murky camera-work sometimes had a neat frenetic touch and dreary colour use, and David Bergeaud's simmering music score stewed up some spooky cues to add to the atmospheric urban setting of the grand looking mansion. The gimmicky screenplay by Bert Dragin and Robert McDonnell seems to work, but if you don't take it for what it is. The ludicrous, and somewhat illogical and loose nature might be hard to shake. Also its change in moods, from being broodingly dark to suddenly comically light might be an inconsistent turn off. The script feels one-note for most part, but weaves in some amusing flourishes of dark humour; jaw-dropping dialogues and an oddly unforeseeable twist here and there. The performances are well suited and come across fair. Tom Bresnahan and Jill Whitlow are likable as the siblings. Christopher Burgard chews it up as smarmy gang leader and Todd Bridges shows up in a little part.

Junky entertainment, but I wasn't expecting the modest quality that it dished up. Fans of low-budget horror should give it a try.

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