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24 October 2000 (Greece) See more »
With police on his trail, escaped psychotic mental patient Vincent takes Terry, a woman in need of help, hostage. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)

Michael Paré ... Vincent

Morgan Fairchild ... Terry

John James ... Scott

Steve Eastin ... Detective Marks

Tim McKay ... Detective Eden
L.R. Davidson ... Stacy

Thom Christopher ... Dr. Koosman
Jeremy Scott ... Doctor
Peggy Hayes ... Nurse Linda

George Woodard ... Pops
Mathew Lott ... Orderly
Paul Clifford ... Tommy
Beth Kendl ... Moms
Adair Jameson ... RV Woman
John Papais ... Forensic Man
Marie Lee ... Camper
Robert Anthony Meyers ... Camper
Geneva Marshall ... Female Park Ranger

Bruce Perkins ... Vagrant
E.C. Kelly ... Hospital Security
Diane Conrad ... Inner Tuber
Judy Conrad ... Inner Tuber (as Judith Conrad)
Jason Fearon ... Canoeist
Nicole Lee ... Canoeist
Katy Johnson
John Marshall ... Hiker
Maureen Kiley ... Hiker
Sharon Mayberry ... Hiker
Bruce Vail ... Detective
David Williams ... Detective

John D. Alexander ... Detective
Lydia Mahan ... Detective
Joshua J. Masters ... Detective
Geoff Dixon ... Police Officer
John Carl Pepe ... Police Officer (as John Pepe)

Jayson Argento ... Police Officer
Adam Walker ... Police Officer
Japheth Baker ... Police Officer
Ben Kalina ... Police Officer
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Matthew Iott ... Orderly (as Matthew Lott)

Directed by
David Giancola 
Writing credits
David Giancola (story and screenplay)

Produced by
Peter Beckwith .... producer
David Forrest .... executive producer
Beau Rogers .... executive producer
Original Music by
Andrew Sutherland 
David Giancola (uncredited)
Cinematography by
Grosvenor Miles Hafela 
Film Editing by
David Blanchard 
Justin Bunnell 
Casting by
Gerald I. Wolff 
Production Design by
Jason Fearon  (as Jason P. Fearon)
Costume Design by
Kristin Persson 
Production Management
James Allen Bradley .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Neil Kinsella .... first assistant director
Gary Rode .... second assistant director
Sound Department
Bob Gregory .... sound designer
Special Effects by
Neil Ruddy .... special effects
Chuck Borden .... stunts
Neil Ruddy .... stunts
Aliza Washabaugh .... stunt double: Terry
Rudolf Weber .... stunt coordinator (as Rudy Weber)
Camera and Electrical Department
John Althoff .... electrician
John Althoff .... grip
Woody Bell .... key grip
Robert Clark .... third electrician
Erica Colegrove .... second assistant camera
Joe Glickman .... still photographer
Michael Hadley .... best boy electric
Max Jones .... gaffer
Anthony Norton .... best boy grip
Greg Wimer .... first assistant camera
Location Management
Amy White .... location manager
Music Department
Andrew Sutherland .... music performer
Transportation Department
Joshua J. Masters .... talent transportation
Bruce Perkins .... transportation coordinator (as Bruce Edward Perkins)
Other crew
Lynn Appelle .... production coordinator

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Rated R for violence
Germany:92 min


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Ms. Fairchild and Mr. Pare must be nostalgic for the 1980s..., 24 January 2001
Author: NewYorkLondonParisMunich from Falls Church, Virginia

I found "Peril" in my local video shop back in Sofia, Bulgaria. Sure, straight-to-video-in-Bulgaria films tend to be real stinkers, but after the first 15 minutes of the film, I started to think I had found an exception to the rule. Michael Pare is a mental patient who goes on a violent rampage. Meanwhile, Morgan Fairchild is a harried housewife who accompanies her semi-disabled husband on a not-quite-legal treasure hunt. The husband falls into a storm drain and can't get out, and Ms. Fairchild goes for help because the water will start rising soon. So far, so good.

Unfortunately, it's all downhill from here. Ms. Fairchild meets Mr. Pare, who kidnaps her. Pointless mayhem ensues, including crack police sharpshooters (okay, one guy sitting on top of a wobbly van...think he'll miss?), a hostage crisis in a gasoline-soaked grocery store, an old station wagon able to outrun a slew of Vermont police cars, and rising water that threatens the trapped husband (who lies moaning in agony, gripping his broken leg, when the plot requires him to be helpless, but can run with just a slight limp when the plot requires him to be helpful).

By the 30-minute mark, I found myself shouting helpful advice to the characters, particularly Ms. Fairchild, who must have read only the first few pages of the script before accepting this role (I'm giving her the benefit of the doubt here). By the 60-minute mark, "Peril" had crossed the line into the painful-to-watch category.

Let's go back to the husband trapped in the storm drain for a moment. He's too heavy for the wife to lift him, so she goes for help. Now that the water is rising, shouldn't it help him? He can simply float up with the water and pull himself out, right? Nope, in "Peril," the screenplay confuses his situation with the often-used movie crisis in which a person is held/chained down while the water's rising (like in "Titanic" or "Hard Rain"), and shows us shots of the water rising slowly up and over his body. You're not chained down, pal...use your arms and swim, already!

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