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Paura nel buio (1989)

R | | Thriller | 1989 (Italy)
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Sick young man drives around in his daddy's camper, looking for lone stray females to kidnap, torture, rape, and murder.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Joe Balogh ...
Mark Glazer
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Jason Saucier ...
Kevin
Robin Fox ...
Mark's Father
Thomas Mitchell ...
Big Man in Store
Fay W. Edwards ...
Tom Schultheis ...
Policeman
Mel Davis ...
Man
Sandra Parker ...
Toyota's Woman
Gary Wade Morton ...
Policeman #2
Dan Smith ...
Pontiac man
Michael Lewis ...
TV Reporter
Charlie Edwards ...
Greaser #1
Fred Bittner ...
Greaser #2
Julia Howards ...
Kevin's friend
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Mark, a disturbed young man, harbors sexual desires for his deceased mother. Driving around the back roads of Va. Beach, Mark seeks out lone females to carry out his twisted sexual fantasies. Enter Daniela, who bares a striking resemblance to mom, who happens to make the mistake of accepting a ride from Mark. Written by Humberto Amador

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Rated R for sexuality/nudity, violence and language | See all certifications »
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What the hell happened to Umberto Lenzi?
25 September 2004 | by (Denver, Colorado and Santiago, Chile) – See all my reviews

This movie has some things going for it. It features some really beautiful scenery of the American South. It features some really beautiful scenery of a young, lovely Josie Bisset. And it is not quite Umberto Lenzi's worst movie ever. It has a lot of problems though. First, the dialogue is terrible. (Maybe these ridiculous conversations would sound better if they were badly dubbed and delivered with Italian accents). Second, the acting is wretched. The aforementioned Bisset is even worse than she was on "Melrose Place". The only time her acting is halfway tolerable is the scene where she is being photographed naked and sexually assaulted, and that is only because she has been mercifully drugged unconscious. The killer is played by a Christopher Atkins look-alike who is not only just as bad as Bisset but woefully miscast to boot. A five-foot-tall, effeminate pretty boy wearing Vaurnet sun-glasses and driving around in a RV camper is just NOT scary.

The amazing thing though is director Umberto Lenzi who started out as a great director with classic Italian giallo like "Paranoia" in the late 60's, but seemed to get worse with each film. His infamous cannibal and zombie movies in the early 80's were awful but at least they elicited some reaction. This movie and its Florida-lensed follow-up "Nightmare Beach" don't even do that. At the rate he was going here, if Lenzi's still working at all he's probably making amateur porn videos and forgetting to take off the lens cap. I can certainly understand why Lenzi started using a cinematic pseudonym about this time, but why did he choose the name "Humbert Humphrey" recalling classic literature's most infamous pedophile?(Would that make Josie Bisset "Lolita")? What a strange, strange guy.


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