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Anthony Waller (written by)
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Release Date:
15 September 1995 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
She Can't Speak. She Can't Scream. She Can't Beg For Mercy. See more »
Plot:
Billy Hughes, a mute makeup artist working on a slasher film being shot in Moscow, is locked in the studio after hours... See more » | Full synopsis »
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Awards:
3 wins & 3 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
Words cannot express the horror. See more (59 total) »

Cast

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Marina Zudina ... Billy Hughes (as Marina Sudina)
Fay Ripley ... Karen Hughes

Evan Richards ... Andy Clarke
Oleg Yankovskiy ... Larsen (as Oleg Jankowskij)
Igor Volkov ... Arkadi
Sergei Karlenkov ... Lyosha (as Sergej Karlenkov)

Alec Guinness ... The Reaper (as Mystery Guest Star)
Aleksandr Pyatkov (as Alexander Piatkov)
Nikolai Pastukhov ... Janitor (as Nikolai Pastuhov)
Aleksandr Bureyev (as Alexander Buriev)
Stephen Bouser ... Lovett
Valeri Barakhtin ... Mitja (as Valeri Barahtin)
Nikolay Chindyaykin (as Nikolai Chindjaikin)
Vyacheslav Naumenko (as Vasheslav Naumenko)
Larisa Khusnolina (as Larisa Husnolina)
Olga Tolstetskaya ... Actress
Denis Karasyov ... Fake policeman (as Denis Karasiov)
Igor Ilyin ... Fake policeman (as Igor Iljin)
Oleg Abramov ... Double
Yuriy Sherstnyov (as Uri Sherstiniov)
Lyudmila Makeyeva (as Ludmilla Makeeva)
Vladimir Salnikov ... Lab assistant
Sascha Buchman ... Alex
Natalya Polyushkina (as Natalia Poliushkina)
Konstantin Sitnikov ... Angry props manager
Regina Peter ... Telephone operator's voice (voice)
Pete Drummond ... Additional Voices (voice)
Norbert Soentgen ... Peeping Tom

Directed by
Anthony Waller 
 
Writing credits
Anthony Waller (written by)

Produced by
Aleksandr Atanesyan .... co-producer (as Alexander Atanesjan)
Alexander Buchman .... producer
Richard Claus .... executive producer
Marina Kapustina .... line producer
Werner König .... associate producer
Pieter Lony .... associate producer
Grigori Ryazhsky .... co-producer
Norbert Soentgen .... producer
Anthony Waller .... producer
 
Original Music by
Wilbert Hirsch 
 
Cinematography by
Egon Werdin (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Peter R. Adam 
 
Casting by
Noel Davis 
Elena Denisova 
Nina Sokol-Matsuk 
 
Production Design by
Matthias Kammermeier 
 
Art Direction by
Barbara Becker 
 
Costume Design by
Svetlana Luzanova 
 
Makeup Department
Arina Morozova .... makeup artist (as Irina Morozova)
Maria Smirnova .... makeup assistant (as Masha Smirnova)
 
Production Management
Tatyana Zhigayeva .... production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Boris Blank .... assistant director
Marat Rafikov .... assistant director
 
Art Department
Tamara Garanch .... set dresser
Valery Gorkov .... set dresser
Steffi Kammermeier .... props coordinator (as Stephie Kammermeier)
Vladimir Murzin .... construction architect
Vladimir Pasternak .... construction architect
Valery Semionov .... set dresser
Yelena Shkatova .... property master
Ludmilla Tebiakina .... props assistant
Victor Tolkochlov .... props assistant
 
Sound Department
Peter R. Adam .... adr editor
Albert Avramenko .... sound recordist
Richard Borowski .... sound re-recording mixer
Benedikt Just .... sound trainee
Alexander Kochubey .... boom operator
Manuel Laval .... sound effects editor
Manuel Laval .... supervising sound editor
Emilie McLaughlin .... assistant sound effects editor
Matthias Münster .... assistant sound re-recording mixer
Jörn Poetzl .... foley artist
Valery Sharov .... boom operator
 
Special Effects by
Victor Orlov .... special effects
Pavel Terchov .... special effects
 
Visual Effects by
Christian Burgdorff .... visual effects supervisor
 
Stunts
Elia Antonova .... stunts
Aleksandr Balabushevich .... stunts
Sergey Chekrygin .... stunts
Vasili Grishin .... stunts
Zhana Izosimova .... stunts
Yury Sysoyev .... stunts (as Uri Sisoev)
Sergei Vorobyov .... stunt coordinator (as Sergei Vorobiov)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Valentina Andreanova .... primary lighting technician
Stefan Austmeyer .... first assistant camera
Victor Bailov .... primary lighting technician
Sergej Beliakov .... secondary lighting technician
Uri Dokuchaev .... camera operator
Elena Dunaykina .... clapper loader
Kiril Fedin-Krugliakov .... second assistant camera
Nikolai Gnesiuk .... still photographer
Uri Hazanov .... grip
Nikolai Ivanishin .... grip
Dimitri Krilov .... secondary lighting technician
Anton Kuligin .... video assist operator
Grigory Kunakovsky .... primary lighting technician
Alexei Kutsnetsov .... assistant camera: second unit
Boris Lamdon .... primary gaffer
Andrey Laptev .... primary lighting technician
Genady Lobachlov .... primary lighting technician
Ivan Mandur .... grip
Thomas Merker .... assistant camera
Anatoli Pashvikin .... still photographer
Nikolai Porschnev .... secondary lighting technician
Vladimir Rogozin .... secondary gaffer
Jekaterina Rudionov .... clapper loader
Michail Shikaliov .... grip
Anatoli Sokolov .... grip
Sergei Svetlyakov .... secondary lighting technician (as Sergej Svetliakov)
Dmitry Vostrov .... primary lighting technician
Anthony Waller .... camera operator
Egon Werdin .... camera operator
Oleg Zhuravfiov .... key grip
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Svetlana Avdeeva .... wardrobe
 
Editorial Department
Bert Brücker .... negative cutter
Jörg Eybl .... color timer
Manuel Laval .... assistant film editor
 
Music Department
Boris Jojic .... orchestrator
Konstantin Krimets .... conductor
Arseniy Lapisov .... music recording supervisor (as Arseny Lapasov)
Frank Reinke .... music recordist
 
Other crew
Alexei Aleshkovski .... continuity
Yelena Boguslavskaya .... location manager (as Elena Boguslavskaya)
Valeri Bondarenko .... location manager
Ariane Büsch .... production assistant: Germany
Martina Elsner .... production secretary: Germany
Karl-Ludwig Frick .... computer programmer
Theodore Gershuny .... script consultant (as Ted Gerschuny)
Pia Greschner .... production assistant: Germany
Karin Jensen .... production secretary: Germany
Evgeny Kovalchuk .... production assistant
Rita Kovalenko .... production accountant
Rosa Kulabuhova .... production assistant
Natalya Polyushkina .... assistant: Mr. Waller (as Natalia Poliushkina)
Markus Rosenmüller .... script consultant (as Marcus Rosenmüller)
Alexander Sharafutdinov .... production assistant
Vlad Taupesh .... mask maker (as Vlad Taupes)
Martin Thau .... script consultant
Viola Winokan .... production assistant: Germany
Anne Lara .... press attache: France (uncredited)
 

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MPAA:
Rated R for violence and a strong scene combining sex and violence
Runtime:
95 min
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Trivia:
Originally set in Chicago, director Anthony Waller changed the location when told that Moscow would provide much cheaper sets and labor.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: When Karen is holding the gun inside Billy's apartment, it suddenly disappears from her hand. A few moments later, it appears in Andy's hand.See more »
Movie Connections:
References The Spiral Staircase (1945)See more »

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5 out of 8 people found the following review useful.
Words cannot express the horror., 15 September 2006
Author: lost-in-limbo from the Mad Hatter's tea party.

Billy Hughes is a mute young lady working for make-up on a cheap horror picture being filmed in Moscow by an American director. One night Billy gets locked in the movie studio. Later that night she hears that someone might be in the building and goes to check it out. That's when she stumbles across a woman being brutally murdered, while being filmed. After escaping the clutches of the murderers, Billy informs the authorities, only to be red-faced when the men show it was an act. Billy knows what she saw and soon her life is in turmoil again from underground figures that believe she has something of importance.

I don't know how this heart-pounding sleeper passed me by, but I thought it was a much older flick. There's one thing though, it's got to be one of the most jarringly, and intense thrillers I've seen in quite a while. It's just a great suspense builder and mostly everything clicks into place! The first half of the feature is surprisingly gripping with taut sequences that have your heart in your throat and clouds us with an atmospherically foreboding environment of alienation. Underling this is a humorously wicked black streak. Faults do pop up in the story, as it does lose that furious grip it held so early and goofy humour (or better putter comic relief) between Fay Ripley and Evan Richard's characters is a hit and miss affair by being too forceful. In the long run, it probably could have done without. Despite some cringe moments, this aspect didn't hinder my enjoyment of it. For me, the soft ending they decided to go with just didn't feel right.

The interestingly mysterious premise was eerie to the bone and packed some unsettling goods. So multi-facet was the context and its thrills, there was something fresh to how this all plays out and the nervy jolts and unbearable tension are weaved into a range of sudden plot turns and twists. Really, they made superb use of the novel idea of this disability and to handicap the situation, by staging it in a foreign place where not too many spoke English and so we are caught up in the confusion too. The delicate Marina Zudina gives a harrowing portrayal of the American mute girl Billy. The way she able to display the erratic emotions through her eyes and actions gave it some gruff and believability. Director Anthony Waller shoots the flick in a rather stylish, well-timed and skillful manner, without loosing that grimy look that eventuates from its rigid surroundings and a powerfully airy music score persistently nags at you. The only real name to make an appearance was small cameo part by Alec Guinness. The performances by the cast were all fine, especially the nail biting turns by Oleg Yankovsky and Igor Volkov as the Russian murderers.

This riveting feature that's mostly made up of unknowns, is way better than your average dark thriller. Highly Recommended.

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