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She'll Spoil You To Death!
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When their father dies, Lynn and her younger brother David have to move in with their grandparents. Their mother died already when they were young... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Cast

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Eric Foster ... David
Kim Valentine ... Lynn

Len Lesser ... Grandfather
Ida Lee ... Grandmother
Brinke Stevens ... Woman
Michael Robinson ... Kenny
Craig Yerman ... Raymond
David Donham ... Mr. Sackett
Joan-Carol Bensen ... Mrs. Sackett
Angela O'Neill ... Darlene
R.J. Walker ... Sheriff
Furley Lumpkin ... Deputy
Jeanette Jamron ... Twin 1
Anitra Jamron ... Twin 2
David Algeier ... Minister
Michael Flaherty ... Coach
Ryan Gallagher ... Boy at Pool

Nico Mastorakis ... Relay Judge
Tim Trella ... Bus Driver

George E. Mahlberg ... Body in Pond
Clark Riddell ... Fire Marshal
Jeanne Brzovic ... Nurse
Rip Stevens ... Doctor
Heather Toth ... Woman Deputy
Dale Korman ... Reporter 1
David Van Diest ... Reporter 2
Clark Sherman ... Reporter 3
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Mary Peach ... Fay

Directed by
Peter Rader 
 
Writing credits
Peter Jensen (story) &
Gayle Jensen (story)

Peter Jensen (screenplay)

Produced by
Perry Husman .... associate producer
Peter Jensen .... executive producer
Nico Mastorakis .... producer
Aladdin Pojhan .... associate producer
Peter Rader .... executive producer
 
Original Music by
Nigel Holton 
Clive Wright 
 
Cinematography by
Peter Jensen 
 
Film Editing by
Barry Zetlin 
 
Casting by
Jon Robert Samsel 
 
Costume Design by
Julia Schklair 
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Perry Husman .... first assistant director
 
Sound Department
George E. Mahlberg .... sound mixer
Steve Mann .... sound effects editor
Troy Porter .... foley mixer
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Tom Jensen .... additional first assistant camera (uncredited)
 

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This was Peter Rader's first film.See more »
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Continuity: In the scene where David is in the hospital emergency room, the nurse wipes blood off his face. In the next scene, a police officer asks him a question. When it cuts back to David, the blood is back on his face.See more »
Quotes:
Raymond:This is her underwear, I could make you eat them!See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in Scream Queen Hot Tub Party (1991) (V)See more »
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Someone Hung Up on Me TonightSee more »

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11 out of 11 people found the following review useful.
One of the best horror films of its (admittedly pretty sorry) era, 3 January 2008
Author: lazarillo from Denver, Colorado and Santiago, Chile

This film was made in the late 1980's--basically at the nadir of the horror genre when most alleged "horror" films being made were either half-ass comedies with some wise-cracking Freddy Krueger knock-off, or softcore sextranvaganzas with a bunch of no-talent "scream queens" running around half-naked in some "haunted" house in the San Fernando Valley. This, however, is a genuinely spooky film. It kind reminded of a couple underrated slasher flicks from the early 1980's, "Silent Scream" and "Funeral Home". Like those films it's fairly bloodless, but atmospheric and creepy. But it also has a nice little sting in its tail with some surprising revelations in the final reel.

The plot involves a recently orphaned brother and sister who go to live in their maternal grandparent's house after the death of their father. The grandfather is played by Les Lesser, an actor best known as "uncle Leo" in "Seinfeld", but who was actually quite an accomplished drive-in horror actor, also appearing as a brutal murderous handyman in the lost 70's minor classic "Blood and Lace". He's equally effective here. Strange things begin to happen in the house--the boy thinks he sees his grandparents disposing of a body. Even more disturbing a weird young women seems to be stalking the children. The woman is played by Brinke Stevens, one of the most famous 80's scream queens. Like the rest of her ilk, Stevens was not much of actress, but she did have at least one talent beyond displaying her incredible naked body, and that was playing a mute psycho like she does here and in Fred Olen Ray's "The Haunting Fear". It might not be saying much, but this is easily Steven's best role--she is genuinely scary. The two kids are kind of weak link, but it's good to see Kim Valentine, a strikingly beautiful teenage girl, actually play a strikingly beautiful teenage girl instead of being typecast as a sub-Molly Ringwald type in a sub-John Hughes movie like she was in all her other roles (although I am sad to report that neither she nor Stevens has any nude scenes in this movie).

The best part though is the end, which I REALLY don't want to spoil in any way. Let's just say the film does a really good job keeping you guessing who the real villain(s) is/are. This movie ranks with "the Stepfather", "Parents", "Pin" and "The Reflecting Skin" as one of the best and creepiest films of its (admittedly pretty sorry) era.

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