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Cameron's Closet -- A father who experiments with his sons psychokinetic powers, is unaware that these experiments release a demon from hell, which lives in his sons closet, preparing to take over the young boys soul.

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Gary Brandner (screenplay)
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13 January 1989 (USA) See more »
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Cast

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Cotter Smith ... Sam Talliaferro

Mel Harris ... Nora Haley

Scott Curtis ... Cameron

Chuck McCann ... Ben Majors

Leigh McCloskey ... Pete Groom
Kim Lankford ... Dory Lansing

Gary Hudson ... Bob Froelich

Tab Hunter ... Owen Lansing

Dort Clark ... Alan Wilson (as Dort Donald Clark)
David Estuardo ... Capt. Navarro
Wilson Smith ... Joe Crespy
Kerry Yo Nakagawa ... Policeman (as Kerry Nakagawa)
Raymond Patterson ... Physician
Skip E. Lowe ... Newscaster
Bonnie Bradigan ... Newswoman

Frank Pesce ... Ed Wallace
Paul W. Zecevic ... Reporter
Doc D. Charbonneau ... Little Demon
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
William Lustig ... Ice Cream Eater (uncredited)
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Directed by
Armand Mastroianni 
 
Writing credits
Gary Brandner (screenplay)

Produced by
Franc Caggiano .... associate producer
Luigi Cingolani .... producer
John S. Curran .... line producer
Djordje Zecevic .... executive producer (as George Zecevic)
 
Original Music by
Harry Manfredini (music composed by)
 
Cinematography by
Russell Carpenter (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Frank De Palma 
 
Casting by
Ann Remsen Manners  (as Ann Remsen)
 
Production Design by
Mike Bingham  (as Michael Bingham)
 
Set Decoration by
Sarah Burdick Stone  (as Sarah Burdick)
 
Makeup Department
Jilliane Bennett .... hair assistant
Jilliane Bennett .... makeup assistant
Rose Librizzi .... makeup artist
Rose Librizzi .... prosthetic makeup
Alex Rambaldi .... prosthetic makeup
 
Production Management
Jason Clark .... unit production manager: second unit
Kelly Van Horn .... unit production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Chitra F. Mojtabai .... second assistant director
Richard Oswald .... second second assistant director
Alexandra E. Perce .... second second assistant director
Kelly Van Horn .... first assistant director
 
Art Department
Curtis Baruth .... carpenter (as Curt W. Baruth)
Steven Michael Casey .... propmaster (as Steven M. Casey)
Daniel Chatterton .... carpenter
Don 'Tex' Clark .... carpenter (as Don Clark)
Charles Collum .... construction foreman (as Charles W. Collum)
Raymond F. Cooper .... painter
Randall L. Crocker .... art department production assistant
Kim Dilonardo .... art department assistant
Stan E. Dodd .... carpenter
John Eaves .... storyboard artist (as John M. Eaves)
Hal B. Forsen .... carpenter
Paula Elizabeth Gertz .... propmaster (as Paula E. Gertz)
Jeff Goff .... carpenter
Rick Hart .... carpenter (as Richard L. Hart)
Jeremias Lopes .... carpenter
Carlos A. Lopez .... painter
Michael J. McDonough .... carpenter
Bruce Moessen .... carpenter
Andrew Moore .... carpenter
Andrew Moore .... set carpenter
Jewel Myrow .... art department liaison
Gregory Oehler .... carpenter (as Greg P. Oehler)
Gregory Oehler .... swing (as Greg P. Oehler)
Michael Ogle .... carpenter
Mark A. Pelzman .... carpenter
Amy Pestana .... painter
Richard Rude .... carpenter
Gina Scappaticci .... set dresser
Gene Serdena .... leadman
Ray Spadaro .... carpenter
Chris J. Speer .... carpenter
Jim Stewart .... construction supervisor
Charles A. Stutts .... carpenter
William Walker .... painter
Norman West .... set dresser
Norman West .... swing
 
Sound Department
Ara Ashjian .... sound recordist
Bruce Bell .... supervising sound editor
Kenneth R. Burton .... sound recordist (as Ken Burton)
Gregory Cheever .... sound recordist (as Gregory 'Cheev' Cheever)
Thomas DeGorter .... assistant sound editor (as Thomas de Gorter)
Robert Gravenor .... production sound mixer (as Bob Gravenor)
Jeffrey J. Haboush .... sound re-recording mixer
Craig Harris .... special sound effects designer
Warren Kleiman .... adr mixer
Warren Kleiman .... foley mixer
Don Merritt .... boom operator
Greg P. Russell .... sound re-recording mixer
Richard Schexnayder .... sound mixer: second unit
Jackson Schwartz .... adr mixer
Jackson Schwartz .... foley mixer
Bob Weitz .... stereo consultant
 
Special Effects by
Greg Landerer .... special effects
Carlo Rambaldi .... creature constructor
Carlo Rambaldi .... creature creator
 
Visual Effects by
Ermando Biamonte .... visual effects supervisor (as Ermanno Biamonte)
Mentor Huebner .... illustrator: opticals
Joseph Wallikas .... blue screen compositing (as Joe Wallikas)
 
Stunts
Kenny Bates .... stunt person
Kurt Bryant .... stunt person
Richard E. Butler .... stunt person (as Dick Butler)
Doc D. Charbonneau .... stunt person
Laura Dash .... stunt person
Cheryl Wheeler Duncan .... stunt person (as Cheryl Wheeler)
Chris Durand .... stunt person (as Chris Duran)
Spiro Razatos .... stunt coordinator
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Lawrence Bender .... dolly grip
Daniel M. Berger .... additional electrician
Alan Brownstein .... gaffer
Damian Costa .... additional grip
Jim Drewry .... additional grip
Brett Drouet .... additional electrician
Paul A. Edwards .... additional photography: second unit (as Paul Edwards)
Rudy M. Fenenga Jr. .... first assistant camera: second unit (as Rudy Feneger)
Andy Flaster .... third assistant camera
Dan Golden .... still photographer
Irv Gorman .... rigging crew
Dennis Gould .... additional grip
Donald Kane .... rigging crew
Roger Lattin .... best boy electric (as Roger Lloyd Lattin)
Michael LaViolette .... rigging crew
Steve Manzanni .... additional electrician (as Steven Manzani)
Damon Marcellino .... electrician
Echol Marshall .... first assistant camera: second unit
Chuck Mason .... additional electrician
C. Dennis Mayer .... additional photography: second unit
C. Dennis Mayer .... first assistant camera
Alan McFarland .... additional photography: second unit
Kevin McKnight .... first assistant camera
Javier Munoz .... second assistant camera: second unit
Christopher Dino Pecchi .... grip
Christopher Dino Pecchi .... swing electric
David Peters .... first assistant camera: second unit
David Peters .... second assistant camera
Gerry Polinsky .... rigging crew
Dan Rottman .... best boy grip (as Daniel Rottman)
Dirk Sanders .... camera intern
Robert Stone .... key grip
Tom Waisanen .... electrician
 
Casting Department
Janet Cunningham .... extras casting
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Constance Buck .... costumer
Sally Hankinson .... wardrobe assistant
 
Editorial Department
Chris Jackson .... assistant editor
Jim Passon .... color timer (as James Passon)
Pietro Scalia .... assistant editor
Jacqueline Tager .... assistant editor
Chris Worland .... apprentice editor
 
Music Department
Ron Capone .... music engineer
Harry Manfredini .... conductor
Bobby Muzingo .... coordinator: synthesizer (as Bob Muzingo)
Bobby Muzingo .... synthesizer programmer (as Bob Muzingo)
Arlon Ober .... orchestrator: additional music
 
Transportation Department
John Bennett .... driver
Chaz Merriam .... driver captain
Griff Ruggles .... transportation coordinator
 
Other crew
Willi Baronet .... assistant: Mr. Cingolani (as Willie Baronet)
Steve Beeson .... production auditor
Susan Bierbaum .... script supervisor (as Susan M. Bierbaum)
Paul DiSalvo .... production consultant (as Paul Disalvo)
Andrew Gellis .... creative consultant (as Andy Gellis)
Kevin Harrop .... production assistant
Linda Kandel .... assistant: Mr. Mastrolanni
Douglas Kondo .... production secretary
Lori Lamb .... production coordinator (as Lori L. Lamb)
Adria Later .... studio teacher
Alan McFarland .... production assistant
Thomas F. Queally .... craft service
Allan Riddle .... caterer
Gerald Serota .... craft service
Thomas P. Smith .... location manager
Laleh Soomekh .... production assistant
Donald H. Winslow .... police liaison (as Don Winslow)
Paul W. Zecevic .... production assistant
 
Crew believed to be complete


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Runtime:
Canada:87 min | UK:86 min | USA:88 min
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Australia:M | Belgium:16 (video rating) | Finland:K-16 (cut) (1988) | Iceland:16 | UK:18 | USA:R | West Germany:18

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4 out of 4 people found the following review useful.
Renting out closet space., 15 April 2007
Author: lost-in-limbo from the Mad Hatter's tea party.

Professor Owen Lansing is researching human psychic abilities hidden deep in the mind and he experiments on his young son Cameron. They're going quite well, until Cameron's unintentionally uses his powers to conjure up a demon. Lansing tries to put a end to the trouble, but his killed in a horrific 'accident'. So Cameron goes to live with his mother and her boyfriend, but the demon also follows and takes up residence in the boy's closest. Meanwhile, police detective Sam Talliaferro, who has been put onto the case after the unusual death of his mother's boyfriend. Is having bad dreams that seem to be linked somehow to Cameron. A psychiatrist Dr. Nora Haley is looking over Sam, but she also gets the case of Cameron. She discovers the boy's secret abilities. Nora and Sam go on to connect that everything is contributed to a demonic presence who has its eyes set on Cameron.

Oh, "Cameron's Closest" is quite an unremarkable low-budget horror film. Well, it's not completely worthless, even though it's nowhere near as flavoured and exciting like many of its counterparts within the same decade. This late 80s horror junk was mildly enjoyable in some silly patches and icky make-up effects, but ponderous pacing and muddled plotting makes for mostly a bland outing that keeps us in the dark to what's going on. There's potential in the interesting and novel premise of mixing the supernatural with science (which "The Howling" author Gary Barndner adapted his screenplay off his novel), but director Armand Mastroianni's unevenly fruitless and ham-fisted execution leaves a lot of its brimming concepts unfulfilled and sticks to the gimmicks. Lucky there are some nicely imaginative and downright bizarre deaths handed out by the evil dweller in the closet. The nasty make-up, especially from the zombies and death scenes are well conceived. Even some atmospheric visuals, in the shape of few brooding dream sequences promise something, to only bungle it with unintentional goofiness that destroys any unsettling mood that was there. Like that of special effects designer Carlo Rambaldi's (think of E.T.) plastically tacky monster creation. Sometimes the FX is questionably dire and overly sugar-coated, just stick around for the lacklustre climax between demon and child. It's pretty hasty when it wraps it up.

The material dreams a good concept, but its talky nature, convoluted angles (so many to choose) and senseless inconsistencies engulf the monotonously vague script, which could've done with occasional wit. The presentation is well-photographed and production values hold up, but the musical score was flat, lighting hazily dim and editing was terribly hack-eyed. The cast do a fine job, maybe better then the material actually deserved. Scott Curtis gives an appealing turn as Cameron. Cotter Smith is sturdily efficient as detective Sam Talliaferro and Mel Harris impress with a steadfast turn as Dr. Nora Haley. Tab Hunter plays the unfortunate father who cops it in the opening minutes. There's sound performances by the support cast Kim Lankford, Leigh McCloskey, Chuck McCann and Gary Hudson as the jerk boyfriend.

It's saved by over-the-top deaths, some laughably shoddy developments and capable performances. Just like Mastroianni's other genre efforts; "The Supernaturals" and "He Knows You're Alone", it's watchable.

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