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Phantom of the Ritz (1988)

A man buys an old, abandoned theater and puts on '50s-type rock shows. Then people start being killed in a rash of "accidents"...



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Ed Blake
Nancy Drawing
Russell Curry ...
Joshua Sussman ...
The Phantom
Steve Geng ...
Detective Lastrade
Cindy Vincino ...
B.J. McQueen ...
Officer Russo
Joe Perrone ...
Rock and Roll Star (as Joey Perrone)
Billy (as Bill Cowart)
Anthony Rukstele ...
Greg Johnson ...
Dan Khoury ...
Peter Esfakis ...


Ed Blake is a balding middle-aged man who decides to buy an old movie theater, called The Ritz, to shape it up into a retro 1950s music hangout. With the aid of his loyal girlfriend Nancy, his foreman Bruno, and his assistant Marcus, Ed is able to assemble a construction team to plan to be on time for the grand re-opening. But unknown to everyone, a large and disfigured man lives in the passageways of the old theater since the 1950's occasionally popping out to murder an occasional wino or intruder that happens upon his domain. Written by Matt Patay

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Crude language, not much violence
27 June 2004 | by (west hollywood, CA) – See all my reviews

Most of the tapes from Prism video are pretty crazy, but not this one. It's aimed at horror fans I think, but it's quite silly. There is one scene where bargain video horror tapes are discussed (3 for 69 cents!) and a bunch of non-existent silly titles are mentioned including "Klaus Kinski's Bloopers". Ok, there is very little violence and most of movie follows the story of a middle aged man and the zany people he deals with while refurbishing the theater. There is a long audition where all sorts of lousy musical acts try out and we hear "next!" a lot. A running joke involves the bad color scheme our hero's girl friend chose for the theater. The Phantom narrates, which is odd, since he is nasty at the end. There really are no villains in this film, you know everyone is going to go home happy except for some bums and a midget plumber. Oh yeah, I did love the 50's scenes that started off the movie.

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