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Deadline (1989)

Murder on Line One (original title)
A series of heinous murders ends with the arrest of the supposed killer. But when similar grisly killings continue, a beautiful reporter sets out to prove that the police are holding the ... See full summary »

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A series of heinous murders ends with the arrest of the supposed killer. But when similar grisly killings continue, a beautiful reporter sets out to prove that the police are holding the wrong man. Or are they? Written by Anonymous

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Trapped in more than a mystery. Hunted by more than a killer.

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Lame, boring, slow, headache inducing
9 January 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

"Murder on Line One" tries to trick you into think it's some kind of 80's slasher flick. The VHS box features a guy holding a giant Michael Myers style butcher knife...the killer never stabs anyone in the film. "Murder on Line One" is more of a police procedural than a horror film.

The plot revolves around a man being falsely convicted of murders he didn't commit. The real killer contacts a female journalist and tries to get her attention by sending her eyeballs. The journalist tries to prove the imprisoned man's innocence all the while he friends are being killed.

This movie features one of the most head inducing scores I've ever heard. Add to that, the film's bluish hue and "Murder on Line One" will give you a headache. The acting is nothing special and the gore is minimal. There is a quick topless shower shot but it's not impressive. The twist ending is obvious and you can see it coming a mile away.

A lot of times these films are forgotten for a reason. This film is kind of rare to track down but it's not worth the effort or a dollar.

An amusing thing in the film is that every time the killer hits a victim over the head with the baseball bat a really comical cartoon sound effect follows. "Deadline" is flat out dead.


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