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  (in credits order)

Kristen Kerr ... Lisa Small / Elizabeth Short
Lizzy Strain ... Lizzy Strain / Elizabeth Short

Trent Haaga ... Red / Bobby Manley

Sarah Scott ... Grace
Cinqué Lee ... Joe
Amie Nicole ... Jeanette Bauer

Masuimi Max ... Masuimi
Gidget Gein ... Detective Jeffrey Mourir

Julie Strain ... Julie
Robert Williams ... Dr. John Rozzell
Courtney Cruz ... Lillian Lavey

Lenora Claire ... Lenora

Mark Borchardt ... Floyd
Dame Darcy ... Anna
Jeannine Petterson ... Red's Wife (as Jeannine Pettersen)

Caveh Zahedi ... The Bubble Man
Ramzi Abed ... Ramzi
Charles Schneider ... The Mesmerist
Jade Starr ... The Sacrifice

Bianca Allaine ... Rose (as Bianca Barnett)

Paul Bunnell ... Francis

Jed Rowen ... Louie
Abby Travis ... The Torchsinger

Glenda Cole ... Detective Glenda Cole

Smokey Miles ... Vaudevillian Performer (as Count Smokula)
Douglas Dunning ... Neil
David J ... The Scientist
Ego Plum ... The Athiest

Lloyd Kaufman ... Lisa's Father
Nora Keyes ... Nora
Josh Orlando ... Josh
Grant Griggs ... Detective Gordon Ginchansky

Stephen Polk ... Detective Earl Holiday
Lyla Sullivan ... Dorothy (as Lilah Martin)
Victoria Bagliano ... The Little Girl
Kelly Kucharski ... The Muse / Bound Bettie (as Miss Satanica)

Mark Weiler ... Police Officer
Eric Fleming ... Basil Rathbone
Casey Wickson ... Peter Lorre

Khris Kaneff ... Fatty Arbuckle

Will Keenan ... Buster Keaton
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Martijn Berndsen ... Man With Camcorder (uncredited)

Michael Medaglia ... Michael (uncredited)

Directed by
Ramzi Abed 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Ramzi Abed 

Produced by
Ramzi Abed .... executive producer
Eric Fleming .... executive producer
David J .... consulting producer
Donald Lee Purnell .... associate producer (as Don Purnell)
Amanda Staggs .... producer (as Amanda Abed)
Original Music by
David J (original music composer)
Cinematography by
Neal Fredericks (director of photography) (as Neal L. Fredericks)
Josh Orlando (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Wes Paster 
Casting by
Randall Fogwhistle 
Production Design by
Gregg Gibbs 
Art Direction by
Ramzi Abed 
Set Decoration by
Martijn Berndsen 
Kerry Kate 
Costume Design by
Freddie Rojas 
Makeup Department
Jason Barnett .... makeup artist
Jason Barnett .... special makeup effects artist
James Ojala .... special makeup effects artist
Amanda Staggs .... key makeup artist
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Martijn Berndsen .... first assistant director
Michael Medaglia .... second assistant director
Dennis Petersen .... assistant director
Art Department
Ramzi Abed .... paintings by
Dame Darcy .... paintings by
Kerry Kate .... doll maker
Kerry Kate .... props
Peggy Lynch .... paintings by
Amanda Staggs .... assistant art director
Sound Department
Ramzi Abed .... sound designer
Ramzi Abed .... sound mixer
John Borowski .... boom operator
Eric Fleming .... boom operator
John Neff .... sound designer
John Neff .... sound mixer
Wes Paster .... sound designer
Wes Paster .... sound editor
Wes Paster .... sound mixer
Ben Raymond .... boom operator
Special Effects by
Jason Barnett .... special effects makeup
James Ojala .... special effects director
Wes Paster .... special effects
Amanda Staggs .... special effects makeup
Camera and Electrical Department
Ramzi Abed .... camera operator
Octavio Arizala .... still photographer
Carey Borth .... camera remote
Jeffrey A. Johnson .... best boy grip: USA
Robert Magness .... grip
Mark Mervis .... additional cinematographer
Mark Mervis .... cinematographer: 2005
Shawn Mitzel .... grip
Josh Orlando .... assistant camera
Josh Orlando .... camera operator
Josh Orlando .... director of photography: second unit
Andrew Parke .... additional cinematographer
Andrew Parke .... camera operator
Zeus Quijano Jr. .... grip (as Zeus Quijano)
James Rhodes .... camera operator
Johnny Rojas .... assistant camera
Luke Rooney .... assistant camera
Jesse Sarrett .... best boy
Jesse Sennett .... key grip
Julie Strain .... still photographer
Walter Weber .... electrician
Randy Wedick .... gaffer
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Linda Henrikson .... costumer
Julie Plum .... additional costumes
Amanda Staggs .... costume supervisor
Nina Tahash .... costumer
Nina Tahash .... wardrobe stylist
Editorial Department
Ramzi Abed .... post-production coordinator
Wes Paster .... colorist
Music Department
Creekbird .... music courtesy of
Dame Darcy .... composer: additional music
Johnny Dowd .... music courtesy of
Dub Gabriel .... music courtesy of
David J .... music courtesy of
David J .... music supervisor
Djam Karet .... music courtesy of
Nora Keyes .... composer: additional music
Gerard K. Marino .... composer: additional music
Smokey Miles .... music courtesy of (as Count Smokula)
My Ruin .... music courtesy of
John Neff .... composer: additional music
Ego Plum .... composer: additional music
Ego Plum .... orchestrator
Abby Travis .... music courtesy of
Elektracity .... composer: additional music (uncredited)
Oneiros .... composer: additional music (uncredited)
Other crew
Nina Nahal Ameri .... production assistant (as Nahal Ameri)
Werner Herzog .... creative consultant
Stephanie A. Purdy .... animal trainer
Karie Bible .... special thanks
John Borowski .... special thanks
Brandon Brooks .... special thanks
Margaret Brown .... special thanks
Paul Bunnell .... special thanks
Matthew Buzzell .... special thanks
Ezra Buzzington .... special thanks
Brian Cleveland .... special thanks
Carl Crew .... special thanks
Kevin Eastman .... special thanks
Josh Eisenstadt .... special thanks
Mike Elliott .... special thanks
Neal Fredericks .... in memory of
Marcelo Giscome .... very special thanks
Andrew Gould .... special thanks
Gregory Hatanaka .... special thanks
Werner Herzog .... special thanks
Steven Jensen .... special thanks
Eric G. Johnson .... special thanks
Lloyd Kaufman .... special thanks
Michael Lustig .... special thanks
Jennifer Lynch .... special thanks (as Jennifer Chambers Lynch)
Peggy Lynch .... special thanks
Tairrie B. Murphy .... special thanks (as Tairrie B.)
Freddie Rojas .... special thanks
Shawn Simon .... special thanks
Greg Solomon .... special thanks
Darren Stein .... special thanks
Julie Strain .... special thanks

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99 min | USA:105 min
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The film has changed its title five times, finally staying with "The Devil's Muse" to disconnect itself from all of the other films that refer to the Black Dahlia murder case by name.See more »
Movie Connections:
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5 out of 9 people found the following review useful.
A Visually Stunning Film, 7 October 2008
Author: gavin6942 from United States

An unforgettable journey into the darkness and mystery of Hollywood's most famous unsolved murder case. When the beautiful Lisa Small (Kristen Kerr) gets the chance to play the tragic victim of the crime, Elizabeth Short, an entire dreamworld awakens all around her. All the while, a killer is on the loose collecting women and killing them in time for the 60th anniversary of the original murder. A spider's web grows around Lisa, as her nightmares and desires intersect. As Lisa delves deeper into her script, she propels herself into living out the last days of the Black Dahlia.

Sadly, my review for "The Devil's Muse" can only be considered preliminary, as the promotional copy I received was scratched. Once I clean it, I will make a new review. However, I did catch some parts of the film and can make general statements on it. As I have nothing bad to say about the film, let me point out three things that really struck me as winners.

First, the soundtrack will hit you in the face with its ominous tones and soul-crushing morbidity. David J of Bauhaus is behind this, and there couldn't have been a better composer for this. Sure, some lesser known bands or some old classic tracks could have worked, but the score here is noticeable. The movie comes with a bonus soundtrack CD, and I think this was a brilliant idea. Bauhaus fans who have little interest in the film would likely still find the tunes worthwhile.

Second, the visuals are stunning and pure art. From what scenes I was able to see, the plot is second-tier to the visuals. Not to say the story isn't important, but clearly the movie is meant to look good first and foremost. And, like the soundtrack, they succeeded. It has a surreal haze that may take viewers a few minutes to adjust to... these aren't your father's rose-tinted glasses.

Third, the cast is something that stands out as unique. That may not be enough to draw everyone in, but it piqued my interest. I mean... Gidget Gein? That's a name I don't often hear anymore. Trent Haaga, cult film veteran. Penthouse Pet Julie Strain, also known to horror fans as the Bare Wench. Lloyd Kaufman and Will Keenan ("Tromeo and Juliet") also appear.

Based on what I saw and heard, I am recommending this film. The average slasher fan may not be all excited about it... but the more cultured cinephile is going to eat this up like sorbet. If you can find a copy of this, pick it up... available wherever fine films are sold (or online courtesy of Halo 8).

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