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Paranoia (1998)

R | | Drama, Thriller | June 1998 (USA)
Jana Mercer is the sole survivor after the serial killer has brutally slaughtered her family. Incredible trauma has isolated the girl from the whole world. She's living in fear and ... See full summary »

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Brigitte Bako ...
Jana Mercer
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Calvin Hawks
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Dr. Kurtzwell
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Mark Daniels
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David
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Warren
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Brady Watts
Mary Jane Wells ...
Aunt Margaret
Jacques Sandulescu ...
Vanya
Emmanuel Yarborough ...
Witchy Stick Man (as Emanuel Yarbrough)
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Saleswoman
Irma St. Paule ...
Old Woman
Seth Copans ...
Librarian Jules
John L. Payne ...
Deputy Phyphe
Adam Purjes ...
Boy in Library
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Jana Mercer is the sole survivor after the serial killer has brutally slaughtered her family. Incredible trauma has isolated the girl from the whole world. She's living in fear and loneliness. The only contiguity is her brief interviews with the shrink and connection to Internet. Until the night when someone has established communication with Jana via computer. She realizes that her interlocutor is the ruthless murderer who has killed her family. And to her horror she finds out that he is going to be released from his confinement very soon. Written by Igor Shvetsov <igoryok@dialup.ptt.ru>

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Rated R for violence, some sexual content and language | See all certifications »
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Paranoia - Allein mit dem Killer  »

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Jana Mercer: You know, fear is an interesting thing. If you let it control you, you live your life in the dark. But if you learn to use it, it can be your best friend.
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pathetically written
28 November 2000 | by (Evansville, Indiana) – See all my reviews

This movie is a big joke. First off, the acting is horrible, the look of the movie--it has the look of a very VERY low budget movie. The actors are miscast horribly. I could go on for days. Anyhow...the movie is fake. I mean, you have a girl named Jana who is the only survivor when her entire family is killed by a serial killer. We see this happen, and then we see her much later in life. She lives alone in an apartment, and usually stays locked up during the day, all paranoid and stuff...only contact with the outside is when she has her online therapy sessions with a female doctor. She is supposed to be this woman who was so traumatized, and her life is totally screwed up because of what happened. Does she act paranoid and mentally unbalanced like she should? Nope. She pretty much acts like a normal everyday person...she works out of her home as an architect and designer, but she goes out at night to meet with some guy she's working with. All alone in New York City, I think...and she's fine going out at night all alone. No way. Not only that, but she meets some guy who says he lived two houses down from her when her parents were killed, and the day she meets she tries to have sex with him...lets the guy into her apartment right away, etc. She should be untrusting of people...she even tells the guy herself that she can't ever trust people...yet she lets the guy in her bed the first day they see each other after 20 + years. Yea right...

The serial killer, who is now in prison, contacts Jana from prison. Funny thing--I never knew they gave prisoners laptop computers with internet access and fax machines. Wow! Anyhow...the guy contacts her, and she freaks out because of it...so she calls the corrections agency and they say--oh he was only sentenced to twenty years. 20 years for 3 murders? Wrong. The funny thing is, when Jana calls--she was surprised to see how much time he had left in prison. If her family was murdered, don't you think she would have known how long he was put away? It goes on from here--and it gets dumber and dumber.

This movie is horrible. If you ever see it in the rental place, STAY AWAY! I hate this movie so much, I think I;m going to contact the writer, and tell him to leave Hollywood, and do it quickly! .05/10


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