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Writer (WGA):
David Chaskin (written by)
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Release Date:
7 April 1989 (USA) See more »
Lose Yourself in a Good Book See more »
Virginia works at a used book store. She's really into horror novels and discovers a really good book... See more » | Add synopsis »
1 win & 1 nomination See more »
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Interesting See more (34 total) »


  (in credits order)

Jenny Wright ... Virginia

Clayton Rohner ... Richard
Randall William Cook ... Dr. Alan Kessler / Malcolm Brand

Stephanie Hodge ... Mona
Michelle Jordan ... Colette

Vance Valencia ... Sgt. Navarro
Mary Baldwin ... Librarian
Raf Nazario ... Lyle, Hotel Clerk (as Rafael Nazario)
Bob Frank ... Hotel Manager

Bruce Wagner ... Pianist

Kevin Best ... Black Actor
Steven Memel ... Lenny
Vincent Lucchesi ... Lt. Garber

Murray Rubin ... Sidney Zeit
Tom Badal ... Composite Artist
Roger La Page ... Acting Teacher
Nelson Welch ... Elderly Customer
James Quincey Hendrick ... Bus Driver
Jeff Yesko ... Patrolman

Mary Pat Gleason ... Policewoman
David P. Lewis ... Officer

Christopher Kriesa ... Sarge
Marty Levy ... Detective Fisk

Stan Roth ... Forensic Expert
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
John Gundy ... Balding Guy on TV
John Paul Young ... Max The Promotor (uncredited)

Directed by
Tibor Takács  (as Tibor Takacs)
Writing credits
David Chaskin (written by)

Produced by
Rafael Eisenman .... producer
Paul Mason .... executive producer
Patti Meade .... associate producer
Helen Szabo .... executive producer (as Helen Sarlui-Tucker)
Original Music by
Michael Hoenig 
Cinematography by
Bryan England (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Marcus Manton 
Casting by
Robert Litvak 
Ed Mitchell 
Production Design by
Matthew C. Jacobs  (as Matthew Jacobs)
Ron Wilson 
Art Direction by
Tori Nourafchan 
Set Decoration by
David A. Koneff  (as David Koneff)
Makeup Department
Bill Myer .... key makeup artist
Sandra Van Duyne .... assistant hair stylist
Randall William Cook .... special makeup effects (uncredited)
Production Management
Bob Manning .... unit production manager
Fima Noveck .... post-production supervisor
Patti Meade .... production manager (uncredited)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Steve Cohen .... second assistant director
Roger La Page .... first assistant director
Art Department
Frank Bertolino .... property master
John Bick .... lead man
Michael D'Imperio .... assistant property master (as Michael Dimperio)
Roger Knight .... assistant property master
Ken Krugman .... swing man
Kathleen M. McKernin .... art department assistant (as Kathleen McKernin)
Sean Miley .... carpenter
William Robertson .... assistant property master (as Bill Robertson)
Alfred B. Taylor .... carpenter
Frank Taylor .... construction coordinator
Nick Thielker .... carpenter
Sound Department
William H. Angarola .... sound editor (as Bill Angarola)
Keith Bilderbeck .... sound editor
Doug Davey .... sound re-recording mixer
Wilson Dyer .... sound editor
Ron Fish .... special sound effects
Chris Haire .... sound re-recording mixer
Barbara Issak .... sound editor (as Barbra Issak)
Robert Janiger .... sound mixer
Jon Johnson .... sound editor
Mace Matiosian .... sound editor
Richard L. Morrison .... sound re-recording mixer (as Richard Morrison)
Miguel Rivera .... sound editor
George W. Scott .... boom operator (as George Scott)
Bill Wistrom .... supervising sound editor (as William Wistrom)
Alfred T. Ferrante .... adr/foley mixer (uncredited)
Ray Quintana .... commentary re-recordist (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Frank Ceglia .... special effects
Visual Effects by
Jim Aupperle .... visual effects high speed photography
Randall William Cook .... artistic supervisor: special visual effects
Randall William Cook .... special visual effects creator
Randall William Cook .... stop motion animator
Randall B. Bishop .... stunt coordinator (as Randy Bishop)
Wally Crowder .... stunt coordinator
Camera and Electrical Department
Kenny Bonet .... electrician
Kevin 'Rambo' Fitzgerald .... grip (as Kevin Fitzgerald)
Rory Flynn .... still photographer
Geoffrey George .... electrician
Mike Graham .... best boy
Matt Gulbin .... electrician (as Matthew Gulbin)
Mitch Gulbin .... electrician (as Mitchell Gulbin)
Kevin Hardy .... grip
John Harmon .... best boy grip
Gregory Irwin .... first assistant camera: "a" camera (as Greg Irwin)
Duane Journey .... key grip
Andrzej Kamrowski .... grip (as Andrze Kamrowski)
Kevin Larson .... electrician
Jerod Lazan .... second assistant camera
Caris Palm .... first assistant camera
Stephen Rocha .... gaffer
Ken Williams .... crane operator
Brad Wood .... key grip
Casting Department
Richard Holiday .... extras casting
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Emily Kitos .... wardrobe assistant
Sylvia Vega-Vasquez .... wardrobe (as Sylvia Vega Vasquez)
Editorial Department
Dennis Brookins .... negative cutter
Deena Goldstein .... post-production coordinator
Bob Hagans .... color timer
Ariel Nachmann .... first assistant editor
David Strand .... post-production assistant
Corinne Villa .... second assistant editor
Music Department
Bob Hunka .... music supervisor
Richard Whitfield .... music editor
John Massari .... composer: additional music (uncredited)
Transportation Department
Robert Arterburn .... driver
Fal Loa .... driver captain
James 'Obee' Oberman .... transportation coordinator (as Jim 'Obee' Oberman)
Other crew
Christine Bonnem .... location manager
Jim Dunlap .... assistant production auditor
Paulette C. Fine .... production auditor
Leigh French .... adr group coordinator
John Gundy .... assistant to director
Steve Holetz .... assistant location manager
Avram 'Butch' Kaplan .... production controller (as Avram Butch Kaplan)
Robert Katz .... production assistant
David E. Katzman .... production coordinator
Jon Kopaloff .... production assistant
Judy Saunders .... script supervisor
Bradford Scherick .... production assistant
Victoria A. Veiga .... assistant production coordinator
Jim Danforth .... thanks
The People of Los Angeles .... special thanks
Craig Reardon .... thanks
Bill Taylor .... thanks

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
89 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Australia:M | France:-12 | Iceland:16 | South Korea:12 (theatrical rating) (cut) (1990) | UK:18 | USA:R | West Germany:16

Did You Know?

Was retitled "Hard Cover" for Australia.See more »
Continuity: Brand reaches through a bookcase to grab at Virginia with his left hand, but when the camera cuts to the other side of the bookcase, Brand has his left hand propped against the shelf and is reaching with his right hand.See more »
Movie Connections:
References Metal Messiah (1978)See more »
Piano Sonata No. 3, Opus 58See more »


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10 out of 11 people found the following review useful.
Interesting, 3 January 2005
Author: GroovyDoom from Haddonfield, IL

For fans of horror flicks, this movie might be a nice little surprise if you haven't yet seen it. Jenny Wright plays a woman who finds that the pair of obscure pulp novels she has been reading are beginning to cause very real events to happen in her own life, as the crazed doctor at the center of the stories begins to enter the real world with the intention of mutilating Virginia's friends in order to replenish his own missing facial features.

The gory premise allows for some great physical horror, while the actual story is interesting enough to keep you watching for more than just the shocks. There's even some interesting stop-motion animation for one of the weirder monsters in movie history, "Jackal boy".

On the downside, the film runs out of steam after the first two thirds, delivering a disappointing final act that does not live up to everything that came before it. Specifically, the character played by Jenny Wright suddenly goes flat. She starts out really interesting and seems intelligent, but toward the end of the movie she's whimpering and starts acting really dumb. For instance, why does it take her so long to figure out that the killer will target people she knows? One scene where the madman corners Virginia in an elevator is particularly laughable because of the botched delivery of the lines. Considering how strong her early scenes are, I suspect Jenny Wright was directed to act this way, and the film suffers for it.

Still, this movie has a great look. The sets are memorable, even if they're a little unrealistic (how could Virginia afford such a great apartment if she's a book clerk? Geez!). There's a great establishing aerial view of Virginia's noir-ish neighborhood, and the acting isn't that bad (except as mentioned above). The graphic violence is also memorable, reminiscent of "Dawn of the Dead" in the way that the gore comes off as cartoonish instead of realistic. Recommended, although be prepared for the film's third-act fumble.

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