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Director:
Writers:
Mitchell Smith (story)
Alan Ormsby (screenplay)
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Release Date:
1 February 1991 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
Pay to get in, pray to get out. See more »
Plot:
A "Leatherface" type murderer who wears other people's faces, kills at an all-night horrorthon at an old theatre put on by a bunch of film students... See more » | Full synopsis »
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Cast

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Jill Schoelen ... Maggie
Tom Villard ... Toby

Dee Wallace ... Suzanne (as Dee Wallace-Stone)
Derek Rydall ... Mark

Malcolm Danare ... Bud
Elliott Hurst ... Leon
Ivette Soler ... Joannie
Freddie Simpson ... Tina (as Freddie Marie Simpson)

Kelly Jo Minter ... Cheryl

Karen Lorre ... Joy (as Karen Witter)

Ray Walston ... Dr. Mnesyne

Tony Roberts ... Mr. Davis
Scott Thompson ... Bearded Guy
Will Knickerbocker ... Landlord / Warden
Ethan Ormsby ... Two Headed Guy
Ben Stotes ... Hatchethead
Ken Ryan ... Radio Announcer
Matt Falls ... Lanyard Gates (as Mat Falls)
Cindy Tavares-Finson ... Gloria Gates
Giana Hanly ... Sarah Gates
Barry Jenner ... Lt. Bradley
Suzanne Hunt ... Dr. Latimer

Robert Dickman ... Skeeter
Thom Adcox-Hernandez ... Corky

Bruce Glover ... Vernon
Munair Zacca ... Doctor
Bobby Ghisays ... Judge
Lori Creevay ... Marge

Ed Amatrudo ... Boy Friend
George Ortuzar ... 1st Hood (as George O.)
Nico Bernuth ... 2nd Hood
Rohan Henry ... 3rd Hood
Maki Fame ... Lab Technician
Kimio Satoh ... Scientist
Fumito Naozaki ... Miner #1
Adam Ornsby ... Student in Theatre
Hikonori Washina ... Miner #2
Von B. von Lindenberg ... Student in Theatre (as Von Von Lindenberg)
April Harris ... Student in Theatre
Ray Garaza ... Student in Theatre
Mike Stephens ... Student in Theatre
Wayne Farnes ... Student in Theatre
Guy Christopher ... Student in Theater
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Phillip V. Caruso ... Student in Theatre (uncredited)

Daniel Selby ... Student in Theater (uncredited)
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Directed by
Mark Herrier 
Alan Ormsby (uncredited)
 
Writing credits
Mitchell Smith (story)

Alan Ormsby (screenplay) (as Tod Hackett)

Produced by
Ashok Amritraj .... producer
Howard Baldwin .... executive producer
Shaun Costello .... associate producer (as Warren Evans)
Gary Goch .... producer
Karl Hendrickson .... executive producer
Howard Hurst .... executive producer
Sophie Hurst .... co-producer
Torben Johnke .... producer
Bob Clark .... producer (uncredited)
 
Original Music by
Paul Zaza  (as Paul J. Zaza)
 
Cinematography by
Ronnie Taylor 
 
Film Editing by
Stan Cole 
 
Casting by
Joseph D'Agosta 
 
Production Design by
Peter Murton 
 
Art Direction by
John Myhre 
 
Set Decoration by
Jerri Thrasher (uncredited)
 
Costume Design by
Heidi Kaczenski  (as Heidi Kaezenski)
 
Makeup Department
G. Elliott .... assistant hair stylist
Matt Falls .... special makeup effects artist (as Mat Falls)
Timothy Huizing .... special makeup effects artist (as Tim Huizing)
Myrna Laughton .... assistant hair stylist
Judy Murdock .... makeup artist (as Judy Murdoch)
Teri Rattray-Wright .... makeup assistant (as Terri Ratray-Wright)
Maxine Rennes-Gunderson .... hair stylist (as Maxine Rennes)
Wayne Toth .... special makeup effects artist
Robert Clark .... special makeup effects supervisor: Roark Productions (uncredited)
Carmen Dodaro .... hair stylist (uncredited)
Mary Sue Heron .... makeup artist (uncredited)
Tim Turner .... special makeup effects assistant (uncredited)
 
Production Management
Candy Cazau .... production supervisor (as Candi Cazau)
Suzanne Colvin .... post-production manager
Bob Hicks .... post-production manager
Natalie Thompson .... production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Phil Dupont .... first assistant director
Frank Kostenko Jr. .... assistant director: second unit (as Frank Kostenko)
Franz Marzouca .... assistant director: second unit (as Frank Marzouca)
John Wildermuth .... second assistant director
 
Art Department
Eyton Benjamin .... carpenter
Verbert Bryan .... carpenter
Virginia Burke .... graphic artist
James Edward Ferrell Jr. .... property master (as James Ferrell)
Carmen Franczyk .... art department assistant
Dominic Ghisays .... stand-by props
Jeff Ginn .... assistant art director (as Jeffrey Ginn)
Leroy Grant .... carpenter
John Hamilton .... art department assistant
Earl Irwing .... carpenter
Andrew Jackson .... carpenter
Chris Kenmay .... assistant set dresser
Aubrey Lewis .... carpenter
Terrence Marriott .... carpenter
Michael Mays .... carpenter
Ken Pattenden .... construction coordinator
Ewart Phipps .... carpenter
Daniel Richards .... carpenter
Franklyn Richards .... carpenter
Henry Rocks .... assistant set dresser
Hugh Scaife .... set dresser
Machado Smith .... carpenter
Louisa M. Towes .... assistant set dresser
Maxine Walters .... prop buyer
Mark Wilkinson .... carpenter
Peter Wilkinson .... construction captain
Noel Williams .... carpenter
Tom Wilkinson .... property master (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Mark Beck .... assistant sound editor
Terry Burke .... foley artist
Ty Church .... boom operator
David Cole .... assistant sound editor
Steven Cole .... sound effects editor
John Gare .... sound re-recording mixer
Mark Gingras .... assistant sound editor
Janice Ierulli .... adr editor (as Janice Hannigan-Ierulli)
Barry Jones .... sound mixer
Oscar Lawson .... sound recordist
Melodie Long .... dialogue editor
Michael O'Farrell .... supervising sound editor
Bryan Day .... sound (uncredited)
Jesse Mestas .... commentary re-recordist (uncredited)
Don White .... sound re-recording mixer (uncredited)
 
Special Effects by
Paul Bryan .... special effects assistant
Frank C. Carere .... special effects (as Frank Carere)
Robert Clark .... special effects makeup supervisor (as Bob Clark)
Michael Douglas .... special effects assistant
Warren Dunn .... sculptor
Georgio Ferrari .... special effects supervisor
Carl Lesley .... chief moldmaker
Clovis Nielson .... special effects assistant (as Clovis Nelson)
Earl Reid .... special effects assistant
Steve Schnier .... special effects animator
Mike Tullock .... special effects assistant
 
Visual Effects by
Milton Olshin .... process supervisor
John Furniotis .... special optical effects (uncredited)
 
Stunts
Richard E. Butler .... stunts (as Richard Butler)
Mike Johnson .... stunts
Derek Rydall .... stunts
James Winburn .... stunts (as James B. Winburn)
Shane Cardwell .... stunt coordinator (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Chic Anstiss .... camera operator (as Chick Anstiss)
Chris Browne .... second assistant camera (as Christopher Browne)
Leslie Burnett .... grip
Earl Campbell .... electrician
Jon Cassar .... camera operator
Ray Edwards .... second assistant camera
Chris Faulkner .... key grip
David Fisher .... gaffer
Roy Fletcher .... electrician
Steve Foster .... gaffer
Silbert Francis .... electrician
John Harris .... director of photography: second unit
Richard Lannaman .... camera operator: second unit (as Richard Lanaman)
Roderick 'Sprinter' Levy .... best boy grip (as Roderick Levy)
Norman Marsh .... cableman: camera
Alvin Marton .... electrician
Raymond Plummer .... electrician
Dwight O. Ramsey .... assistant camera: second unit (as Dwight Ramsay)
Peter Roper .... electrician
Lenford Roye .... grip (as Linford Roye)
Thom Ryan .... first assistant camera
Alfred Steele .... grip
Clive Thompson .... grip
Ian Thompson .... electrician
Royburn 'Sugar' Thompson .... grip
Clendon Turner .... electrician
Leon Virgo .... electrician
Jimmy Walters .... key grip
Ogilvie Watson .... grip
Keith Wheeler .... best boy electric
Ralston Williams .... electrician
 
Casting Department
Cecile S. Burrowes .... casting: Jamaica (as Cecille Burrowes)
Donna DeSeta .... casting: New York
Dee Miller .... casting: Miami
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Zoja Bergam .... wardrobe assistant (as Zoya Bergman)
Marcia Buchanan .... wardrobe assistant
Roxroy Dinham .... wardrobe assistant (as Roxroy Denham)
Ruth Francis .... wardrobe assistant
Deborah Latham .... wardrobe supervisor
Elizabeth Thompson .... wardrobe assistant
 
Editorial Department
Viktoria Cseh-McCormick .... assistant editor (as Viktoria Cseh)
Peter Riley .... assistant editor
John Meakin .... assistant editor (uncredited)
 
Transportation Department
Gerry Belnavis .... transportation manager
Merrick Reid .... transportation captain
Mike Sobeck .... driver: honeywagon
 
Other crew
Lori-Ann Carmichael .... catering supervisor
Candy Cazau .... publicist (as Candi Cazau)
Dennis Chen .... controller: Movie Partners
Bruce Chung .... controller: Century Films
Doreen Davis .... production accountant (as Doreen Kroft Davis)
Claudia Dunlop .... production coordinator
Mignon Ghisays .... assistant: Torben Johnke
Lisa Katcher .... script supervisor
Michael London .... production assistant
Sally Porteous .... location manager
Sarah Shields .... set production assistant
Coleen Snyder .... production accountant
Mary Wells .... assistant script supervisor
Michelle Williams .... assistant accountant
Maggie Craig .... script supervisor (uncredited)
Melanie Ghisays .... assistant: executive (uncredited)
Fran Solomon .... production coordinator (uncredited)
Debbie Wilkinson .... assistant: Mr. Marks (uncredited)
 

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Phantom of the Cinema" - USA (festival title)
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MPAA:
Rated R for strong violence, and some language
Runtime:
91 min
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Color:
Color (Eastmancolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
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Did You Know?

Trivia:
After three weeks of shooting, Amy O'Neill was replaced by Jill Schoelen. Schoelen has said that she did not have much interaction with the cast since many of the scenes had already been filmed with O'Neill and in most cases just needed to make quick re-shoots with Schoelen.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: When the letters fly off of the movie theater, and land around Suzanne, only a "Y" flies off in the first shot. When it goes back to the movie theater sign, a lot more letters are missing. In addition, the "P" from the word 'Plus' is missing in one shot, but in the next shot they do a close-up of the "P" flying off, even though it was previously missing.See more »
Quotes:
Toby:Without memory, there can be no retribution.See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in Rewind This! (2013)See more »
Soundtrack:
SCARY SCARY MOVIESSee more »

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5 out of 7 people found the following review useful.
Can you hold off the butter, thanks., 27 April 2007
Author: lost-in-limbo from the Mad Hatter's tea party.

Maggie, a film student at University, continuously wakes up with one bad dream after another involving some bearded wacko, which she records about on a tape, so to come up with some sort of screenplay. Her film teacher and fellow peers have organised a all-night film festival at an old theatre, which will be featuring old b-horror movies with the use of interactive gimmicks in the hope of raising enough money to support the film department, after the university cut their funds. While setting everything up, they stumble across an old film known as "The Possessor" and learn from their teacher about its macabre past. This startles Maggie, as the images in the film are the same ones in her dreams. When the fun starts, Maggie is sure that the supposedly dead star/director Lanyard Gates of that film is wandering the theatre.

Bad dreams might appear early on, but Mark Herrier / Alan Ormsby's contributions are a far more pleasant experience in this fashionably inspired parody of gimmicky (think of William Castle) 50's b-grade horror films interwoven into a silly slasher formula of a film-within-a-film. Since it knows what it is, it plays itself accordingly to the budget and material.

The enthusiastic concept is freshly staged with plenty of neatly devised novelties, vividly fruitful backdrop and a preposterously far-fetched screenplay streaming with admirable imagination, fruitiness and ingenious twists. However most of the oddball fun is derived from the stylishly correct mocking of the "horrorthon" b-films; "Mosquito", "Attack of the Amazing Electrified Man" and "The Stench" and their cinema gimmicks (like the 3-D flying mosquito in "Project-O-Vision", "Shock-O-Scope." in the audience seats and releasing bad odours in "Aroma-rama" for the proper experience), which is being screened to the boisterous audience with their smart remarks and in-spirit costumes. Ormsby was the mastermind behind this enjoyably down-pat features with their natural fondness to the era, which I believe outdid the slasher element of the picture.

Now that side of the fragmented story starts off strong, compelling and eerie, but it crashes towards the back-end with contrived, illogical and overblown developments working there way in. But hey that's part of the parcel and makes this festivity wildly fun. It's kind of like a melding together of "The Abominable Dr. Phibes" and "The Phantom of the Opera" with severely likable 80's camp. There are only few deaths, but they're done with enough macabre creativity to cover-up the lack of blood and the spongy script delivers on the wit and overall weirdness. Although some on going gags turn out to be less funny.

Herrier's panache direction is on cue for most part with snappy pacing, atmospheric lighting and the right sense of mood when drilling those moments of tension with the lurking quirkiness. He makes great use of the flamboyant scenery and vintage theatre settings. Expressive make-up / special effects are strikingly crafted to achieve the right effect and the killer looks menacing with there ingenious hobby involving faces. Ronnie Taylor's understated, polished cinematography works the floor well and Paul J. Zaza's tingly spooky music score suit's the film's light-hearted air. Also the bouncy soundtrack has that reggae/pop touch to it.

Largely shaping up is a likable cast with agreeable performances. The always sweet Jill Schoelen is typically fine in a valiantly airy turn as Maggie and Derek Rydall measures up as the heroine who can't take a break Mark. But it's the support roles where the most interest arises with the likes of Tom Villard's superb performance as an obsessively nutty film student, Tony Roberts' amusing turn as the film teacher, Dee Wallace Stone plays it sincerely as Maggie's mother and Ray Walston's avidly effortless cameo as the gimmick man.

This winsome little low-budget item is a rather solid cheesy comedy/horror/parody effort even with so many uneven distractions inbound. Don't wait around, get your tickets now if this sounds like your kind of entertainment

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