A Night to Dismember (1983)

 |  Horror
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 3.1/10 from 454 users  
Reviews: 25 user | 34 critic

A woman from a "cursed" family is released from a mental facility, and soon dismembered corpses start turning up.



(story) (as Judith J. Kushner) , (screenplay) (as Judith J. Kushner)
0Check in
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Crime | Drama | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

A young rich orphan loses his fiancée to voodoo doll mischief on the part of his housekeeper who is jealous of his attentions. He digs his girlfriend up, cleans her out, stuffs her, and ... See full summary »

Director: Joe D'Amato
Stars: Kieran Canter, Cinzia Monreale, Franca Stoppi
Nightmare (1981)
Crime | Drama | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  

A mental-patient, who is troubled with horrible nightmares, has escaped from his hospital. Now on the streets he can't help killing innocent people. But there is one family he is more than ... See full summary »

Director: Romano Scavolini
Stars: Baird Stafford, Sharon Smith, C.J. Cooke
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.4/10 X  

Wishman's plot rotates around the maneuverings of a whore who longs for a touch of mink and a seat at the finer tables in life. Blackmail, betrayal, murder and malice are all part of her ... See full summary »

Director: Doris Wishman
Stars: Honey Lauren, Glyn Styler, Edge
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  

Six people are lured into a small Deep South town for a Centennial celebration where the residents proceed to kill them one by one as revenge for the town's destruction during the Civil War.

Director: Herschell Gordon Lewis
Stars: Connie Mason, William Kerwin, Jeffrey Allen
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.3/10 X  

A documentary on the work of sex-change specialist Dr.Leo Wollman, including interviews with Dr.Wollman and a few of his patients, with an illustrated lecture on the various aspects of ... See full summary »

Director: Doris Wishman
Stars: Leslie, Deborah Harten, Lisa Carmelle
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 3.7/10 X  

Underworld drug king Toplar is flooding the market with low-grade heroin. Agent 99 gets a bit too close to the truth, but manages to gasp out a clue as to the identity of Toplar: he has a ... See full summary »

Director: Doris Wishman
Stars: Chesty Morgan, Frank Silvano, Saul Meth
The Child (1977)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.7/10 X  

A newly hired house-keeper in a secluded area is alarmed to discover that her boss's eleven-year-old daughter is using her supernatural powers to take revenge on the people she holds ... See full summary »

Director: Robert Voskanian
Stars: Laurel Barnett, Rosalie Cole, Frank Janson
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.2/10 X  

After hubby Ted goes to work, Ellen putters around the apartment in her nightgown cleaning up. When she takes the trash out, the janitor forces her into his apartment and rapes her. When he... See full summary »

Director: Doris Wishman
Stars: Gigi Darlene, Charles E. Mazin, Sam Stewart
Drama | Horror | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.8/10 X  

A documentary-style drama which questions the existence of a monster in an Arkansas swamp. It is really more of a glimpse at lower-class swamp culture from the seventies, though, than a ... See full summary »

Director: Charles B. Pierce
Stars: Willie E. Smith, John P. Hixon, Vern Stierman
The Manitou (1978)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.1/10 X  

A psychic's girlfriend finds out that a lump on her back is a growing reincarnation of a 400 year-old demonic Native American spirit.

Director: William Girdler
Stars: Tony Curtis, Susan Strasberg, Michael Ansara
Dildo Heaven (2002)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.5/10 X  
Director: Doris Wishman
Stars: Mickey Garcia, Elizabeth Ash, Everette
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  

A shy high school senior (Paralta) finds a magic locket that will allow her to trade one physical feature with anyone she murders.

Director: Doris Wishman
Stars: Tiffany Paralta, Rob Vidal, Lisa Ferber


Cast overview, first billed only:
Samantha Fox ...
Vicki Kent
Diane Cummins ...
Saul Meth ...
Miriam Meth ...
William Szarka ...
Billy (as Bill Szarka)
Chris Smith ...
Sam (credit only)
Dee Cummins ...
Vicki (credit only)
Larry Hunter ...
Larry (as Norman Main)
Mary Lomay ...
Rita Rogers ...
Aunt Bea
Nina Stengel ...
Frankie Sabat ...
Alexandria ...
William Longo Jr. ...
Marty (as Robert De Rosa)


A woman from a "cursed" family is released from a mental facility, and soon dismembered corpses start turning up.

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis


Doris Wishman's Cult Classic ...



Parents Guide:





Also Known As:

Doris Wishman's A Night to Dismember  »

Filming Locations:


Company Credits

Production Co:

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs


Sound Mix:


Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See  »

Did You Know?


The entire movie was filmed without sound, all the dialog and sound effects were dubbed in later. See more »


Actress Alexandria is credited in the film's on-screen credits as playing "Nancy". In reality, she plays "Bonnie Kent". Actor Larry Hunter is credited as playing "Larry" but his actual role is "Uncle Sebastian". See more »


Spoofs A Night to Remember (1942) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

An Awesome Low
28 July 2005 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

A Night To Dismember makes any Ed Wood movie look like a Michael Bay production. Even Doris Wishman, God bless her, knew this film was a stinky disaster. According to the commentary on the DVD I unfortunately bought, Wishman says half of her rushes where lost by the lab, so she had to compensate by adding a voice-over that 'explained' the 'story'. Uh-oh. Her cameraman on the film, C. Davis Smith, is also featured on the commentary and asks Wishman if the lab lost the best parts or the worst parts. After actually sitting through the entire 67 grueling minutes of this film, I can only pray they lost the best parts.

The worst/best part of this film is that the voice-over itself sounds like it was written by Gertrude Stein. It features a lot of run-on sentences and repetition. "It was the darkest night Vicki had ever seen. Why was it so dark? Vicki wondered in the darkness. Darkness was all around Vicki.. etc... etc..." and so on and so on for an hour. The commentary never stops. It makes you wish you rented Derek Jarman's Blue or better, The Beast Of Yucca Flats! The DVD commentary for this disc is priceless. Basically, it's Wishman and Smith arguing about who should be blamed for the outcome of the film. They finally decide to blame each other. Convenient, no? As I mentioned, this film is around 70 minutes long but it feels like the longest movie you've ever seen. It makes Tarkovsky's Andrey Rublyov seem like a John Woo film. If you make it to the end, you are a true Z-film freak and should be mailed a badge.

To be fair, this isn't Wishman's worst film; that remarkable honour would go to her next film, a remake of her earlier flick Satan Was A Lady (And they say Van Sant's Psycho was unnecessary)! If you want to see a good Wishman film watch "Nude On The Moon" or "Bad Girls Go To Hell" and leave this one alone, especially if you haven't seen a Wishman film before. It's not the one to start with, that's for sure.

11 of 12 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Discuss A Night to Dismember (1983) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for: