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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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  (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
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
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
Aspect Ratio:
1.78 : 1 See more »
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The fuse box and the dumb waiter both had to be built for the movie. The coffin was also specially built for the film.See more »
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 »
Movie Connections:
References First Blood (1982)See more »
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fun 80s schlock, 21 April 2014
Author: ttron2000 from United States

i remember when i saw this in the theater with a few of my friends. we were just kids so i pretty much liked this better then than i do today, but having just recently revisited it after a while, i still like it. it's no Halloween or A Nightmare on Elm Street, but Twice Dead is at least competent while some horror flicks of that time (and most of them today) fell flat. Bert Dragin's haunted house/ghost story may not hold together as a whole, but it gives us a solid setup, better performances than most from its genre, a strong visual mood, and a few very bloody, very satisfying death scenes, delivering everything a horror film needs. an extended prologue shows us 1930s actor Tyler Walker hanging himself in the attic of his home just as he's about to be evicted, but the main story takes place in 1988, with the Cates family, good people who've had their share of bad luck. there's mom and dad, older brother Scott (Tom Bresnahan) and his stunning sister, Robyn (Jill Whitlow), trying to get back on their feet after a bankruptcy. bad luck gets worse when they're forced to move into the Walker home, which they've acquired through an inheritance. they find the place to be a dump in a bad neighborhood with even worse company. right as they walk up to the front door, they have to shake off Silk (Christopher Burgard) and his gang of nasty punk sh!theels who've taken to squatting in the Walker house as a hangout. now add in the outstanding factor that Walker's ghost still haunts the grounds...Yeah, these poor bastards already have more than their share to worry about. as they attempt to settle in, Scott researches Walker's history, learning he was a tortured and broken soul. Robyn has a more difficult time adjusting, as she has becomes the object of desire for the switchblade-wielding Crip (Jonathan Chapin), a very mysterious and arguably the most disturbed of Silk's gang. after enduring fistfights, the slaughter of the family cat, and a creepy attempted rape, Scott and Robyn just want to be left alone and even turn to defensive measures (an altogether ludicrous sequence that would be stupid if it weren't so clever and fun). but Silk, all nasty and vengeful, stirs up his sh!t blizzard of harassment and terror, eventually turning things homicidal. that's where Walker's ghost comes into play. to say anymore would ruin the satisfying rampage in the film's last act when Silk briefly gains the upper hand. the body count is actually kept to a minimum, but needless to say, a few cringing deaths are in order and a few (one involving a motorcycle and another involving an electric blanket) definitely get points for creativity, while two other deaths are enough to make you jump. one death even involves the obligatory (and very gratuitous) horror flick nudity from the gorgeous Charlie Spradlin, the slinky sexpot of Silk's gang. the movie relies a lot on its two leads. Whitlow is so damn pretty, we lecherous scum won't be able to think about anything else and Bresnahan is good as her likable brother. Todd Bridges is okay as the only well-meaning character the Cates come across. It's Burgard and Chapin who take the show, the former eating all his scenes while the latter plays it down. all in all, this is a solid movie. there are some loose ends left hanging and some scenes are perfunctory while others just don't belong, but anyone expecting Citizen Kane with this is overshooting. i won't deny that i have some sentimentality on this one, but there are plenty of flicks i hated when i revisited them and this certainly wasn't that. this won't change the world for anyone, but it's entertaining, quick, and not a massive waste of time. worth a look.

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