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Judy J. Kushner (story)
Judy J. Kushner (screenplay)
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A woman from a "cursed" family is released from a mental facility, and soon dismembered corpses start turning up. | Add synopsis »
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Cast

  (in credits order)
Samantha Fox ... Vicki Kent
Diane Cummins ... Mary
Saul Meth ... Adam
Miriam Meth ... Blanche
William Szarka ... Billy (as Bill Szarka)
Chris Smith ... Sam (credit only)
Dee Cummins ... Vicki (credit only)
Larry Hunter ... Larry (as Norman Main)
Mary Lomay ... Ann
Rita Rogers ... Aunt Bea
Nina Stengel ... Nina
Frankie Sabat ... Frankie
Alexandria ... Nancy
William Longo Jr. ... Timmy

Rob DeRosa ... Marty (as Robert De Rosa)
Heather Sabat ... Sandy
John Szarka ... John
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Ursula Austin ... Wife Looking in Mirror (uncredited)
Louis Burdi ... Masked Billy (uncredited)
Danny Girlando ... Guy Offering Ride (uncredited)
Levi Richards ... Broderick Kent (uncredited)
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Directed by
Doris Wishman 
 
Writing credits
Judy J. Kushner (story) (as Judith J. Kushner)

Judy J. Kushner (screenplay) (as Judith J. Kushner)

Produced by
Larry Marinelli .... associate producer (as Lorenzo Marinelli)
Doris Wishman .... producer
 
Original Music by
Danny Girlando 
 
Cinematography by
C. Davis Smith (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Larry Marinelli  (as Lawrence Anthony)
Doris Wishman (uncredited)
 
Casting by
Doris Wishman  (as Dawn Whitman)
 
Makeup Department
Miriam Meth .... makeup artist
 
Production Management
James Proser .... production manager (as Jim Proser)
 
Sound Department
Steve Deutsch .... boom operator
Eli Haviv .... synchonization
Aaron Nathanson .... re-recording mixer
Steve Rogers .... sound
 
Special Effects by
Lester Lorrain .... special effects (as Les Lorrain)
 
Visual Effects by
John A. Bezich .... visual effects
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Robert Lindsay .... additional photography
Tony Spalla .... additional photography (as Anthony J. Spala)
Robert Zimmerman .... additional photography (as Bob Zimmerman)
 
Music Department
Danny Girlando .... music arranger
 
Other crew
Tina Botond .... assistant
Clint Elliot .... assistant
Noreen Evans .... assistant
Richard L. Kushner .... technical advisor
Paulette Licitra .... assistant
Lynn Manwaring .... coordinator
Lawrence Marinelli Jr. .... assistant
Denise Marino .... assistant
John Rochford .... promotional consultant
Terry Taylor .... promotional consultant
 

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Also Known As:
"Doris Wishman's A Night to Dismember" - USA (DVD box title)
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69 min
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According to director Doris Wishman, the actor who played the monster in Mary's apparition (Louis Burdi) wore his makeup after the filming and scared a man at a toll booth while driving home. The man at the toll booth refused to take the fee from the actor.See more »
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Miscellaneous: 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 »
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References The Immoral Three (1975)See more »

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11 out of 12 people found the following review useful.
An Awesome Low, 28 July 2005
Author: Chris Barry from Canada

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.

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