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Director:
Writers:
Bert L. Dragin (screenplay) &
Robert McDonnell (screenplay)
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Release Date:
October 1988 (USA) See more »
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Tagline:
Beyond The Living ... Beyond The Dead! See more »
Plot:
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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(5 articles)
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Last curtain call. See more (19 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order)

Tom Bresnahan ... Scott Cates
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 
 
Writing credits
Bert L. Dragin (screenplay) &
Robert McDonnell (screenplay)

Produced by
Guy J. Louthan .... producer
Robert McDonnell .... producer
 
Original Music by
David Bergeaud 
 
Cinematography by
Zoran Hochstätter 
 
Film Editing by
Patrick Rand 
 
Casting by
Kevin Alber 
 
Production Design by
Steve Rice  (as Steven James Rice)
 
Costume Design by
Claire Joseph 
 
Makeup Department
Michael Burnett .... special makeup effects artist
Vance Hartwell .... special makeup effects artist
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Michael Yeaman .... second second assistant director
 
Art Department
Joel Ross .... assistant art director
 
Sound Department
Jeffrey J. Haboush .... sound re-recording mixer
Greg P. Russell .... sound re-recording mixer
 
Stunts
John Branagan .... stunt coordinator
John Branagan .... stunts
Gregg Smrz .... stunts
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Ron Bahara .... first assistant camera
 
Editorial Department
Domonic Muir .... assistant editor
 

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87 min
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This film was shot in six weeks.See more »
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Anachronisms: In the first scene, set around 1930, the table is set with Roger's Flair pattern of silverware, which however wasn't made until the 1950s.See more »
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References First Blood (1982)See more »
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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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