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Director:
Writers:
Alan Smithee (written by) (really Allyn Warner) &
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Release Date:
28 April 1989 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
Go to Hell. See more »
Plot:
Detective Lucas McCarthy finally apprehends "Meat Cleaver Max" and watches the electric chair execution from the audience... See more » | Add synopsis »
Awards:
1 nomination See more »
User Reviews:
No Spoilers- Just Kudos See more (39 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order)

Lance Henriksen ... Detective Lucas McCarthy

Brion James ... Max Jenke
Rita Taggart ... Donna McCarthy

Dedee Pfeiffer ... Bonnie McCarthy

Aron Eisenberg ... Scott McCarthy
Thom Bray ... Peter Campbell

Matt Clark ... Dr. Tower
David Oliver ... Vinnie

Terry Alexander ... Casey

Lewis Arquette ... Lt. Miller

Lawrence Tierney ... Warden
Alvy Moore ... Chili Salesman
Zane W. Levitt ... Executioner
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Meshell Dillon ... Little Girl
Greg Kean ... Delivery Man
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Directed by
James Isaac 
David Blyth (fired) (uncredited)
 
Writing credits
Alan Smithee (written by) really Allyn Warner &
Allyn Warner (written by) (as Alan Smithee) and
Leslie Bohem (written by)

Produced by
Sean S. Cunningham .... producer
 
Original Music by
Harry Manfredini 
 
Cinematography by
Mac Ahlberg 
 
Film Editing by
Edward Anton 
 
Makeup Department
Gandhi Bob Arrollo .... key makeup artist
David P. Barton .... special makeup effects crew: Kurtzman, Nicotero & Berger Effects Group
Jilliane Bennett .... assistant makeup artist
Howard Berger .... special makeup effects artist: Kurtzman, Nicotero & Berger Effects Group
Mecki Heussen .... special makeup effects crew: Kurtzman, Nicotero & Berger Effects Group
Robert Kurtzman .... special makeup effects artist: Kurtzman, Nicotero & Berger Effects Group
Greg Nicotero .... special makeup effects artist: Kurtzman, Nicotero & Berger Effects Group (as Gregory Nicotero)
Chris O'Flaherty .... special makeup effects crew: Kurtzman, Nicotero & Berger Effects Group
Sean Rodgers .... special makeup effects crew: Kurtzman, Nicotero & Berger Effects Group
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
John R. Woodward .... first assistant director: reshoots
 
Art Department
Doug Lefler .... storyboard artist
 
Sound Department
Blair Scheller .... boom operator
Phillip Seretti .... post-production sound supervisor
Phillip Seretti .... sound re-recording mixer
Janja Vujovich .... post-production sound supervisor
 
Special Effects by
Howard Berger .... special effects
Kit Cathcary .... special effects apprentice
Keith Claridge .... special effects technician
Ken Ebert .... special effects technician
Robert Kurtzman .... special effects
Greg Nicotero .... special effects (as Gregory Nicotero)
Doyle Smiley .... special effects technician
F. Lee Stone .... electronics specialist
Richard Stutsman .... floor effects supervisor
 
Stunts
Kane Hodder .... stunt coordinator
Kane Hodder .... stunts
Michelle Linenberger .... stunts
Alan Marcus .... stunts
John Nowak .... stunts
Paul E. Short .... stunts
Patrick J. Statham .... stunts
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Rick Kelley .... electrician
Tony Varuola .... best boy electric
 
Transportation Department
Richard Rollison .... transportation coordinator
 

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Runtime:
95 min
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Certification:
Australia:R (Banned in Queensland) | Finland:K-18 | Iceland:16 | Italy:VM14 | Netherlands:16 | New Zealand:R18 | Norway:15 (DVD) (2004) | UK:18 | USA:R (certificate #29613) | West Germany:18 (cut version)

Did You Know?

Trivia:
Brion James (Max Jenke) has said in several interviews that of all the roles he's played, this is his favorite.See more »
Goofs:
Crew or equipment visible: Steadicam reflected in the mirror when Lucas is searching his house in opening sequence.See more »
Quotes:
[to the various press and officials who have come to witness his execution]
Max Jenke:Glad you could make it!
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Soundtrack:
The Things I Have Done To Our LoveSee more »

FAQ

What are the differences between the R-Rated cut and the uncut version of the movie?
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4 out of 6 people found the following review useful.
No Spoilers- Just Kudos, 14 October 2008
Author: Tom D Backman (servo555@yahoo.com) from Hollywood, California, USA

I just learned (reading these IMDb reviews) that this is a supposed "House" iteration... I never would have guessed it- In fact, I've been a fan of this film for years, and never even considered it had anything to do with the "House" films (I've only seen the US release, which is NOT titled 'House III', obviously)- Lance Henrickson is his usual, intense, (in my opinion, Excellent) self, we see a young Dedee Pfiefer being, well, herself- and Brion James at his most foreboding since 'Leon' in Bladerunner... (not going to talk about Tango & Cash here...). As for the 'Shocker' similarities- check the dates... this one came out first- Because of this, (all deference to Mitch Pileggi, of whom I'm also a big fan) I've always felt that Shocker was the rip-off, of a MUCH more intense and, pardon the pun, Shocking film... (I was really surprised to see a "Smithee" attached to this film anywhere- my guess is... politics. But hey, that's Hollyweird for ya). Yup, there's gore, and oh yeah- swearing galore, but this movie is one I look forward to dusting off every October, as my "must watch list" approaches "psycho-killer week"... (quick plug here- if you haven't decided whether or not to watch "Behind the Mask- The Rise of Leslie Vernon"- do yourself a Big favor, and check it out- it defies classification; funny, sharp, and actually Scary!).

If you're looking for a horror movie that may make you wince (talking about Horror Show)- this one could be a winner for you- It certainly is for me.

TDB in Hollywood

Quick P.S.- Fans of Lance- If Vampire movies are more your speed, a MUST-See is "Near Dark"- Honestly one of the Coolest Fang-pics I've ever seen... Happy Haunting!

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WHICH DO YOU PREFER THIS OR SHOCKER? MARVMOOCOW
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