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  (in credits order)

Melissa R. Bacelar ... Pandora (as Melissa Bacelar)
Jack Dillon ... Jeffrey

Joshua Nelson ... The Stalker

Alan Rowe Kelly ... Mama

Jeanette Bonner ... Laura

Greg Depetro ... Chucky

Ed Avila ... Tony
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Frank Campana ... The Hitman

Colleen Divincentis ... Lisa
Alisha Frank ... Venus
J. Scott Green ... Scooter
Sharon Hawk ... Kitten
Julissa Lopez-Ramone ... Destiny (as Julissa Lopez)
Orville McCarter ... Fat John
Gary Muccino ... Bartender
Sasha Nelson ... Baby
Natalie Ostapiak ... Mandy
Chris Rowan ... Pierced John
Niki Rubin ... Pamela (as Niki Notarile)
Richard S. Sargent ... Gus
Erika Smith ... Passion

JessAnn Smith ... Dylan, Mama's Head Escort

Peter Stickles ... Vincent
Anthony Vasquez ... Junkie
Natalie Williams ... Nikki

Directed by
James Tucker 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Joshua Nelson 

Produced by
Melissa R. Bacelar .... executive producer (as Melissa Bacelar)
Jessica Nelson .... associate producer
Joshua Nelson .... producer
Jeff Spinner .... co-executive producer
Original Music by
Duane Peery 
Cinematography by
Brian Fass 
Casting by
Joshua Nelson 
Makeup Department
Elizabeth Gerbino .... key makeup artist
Dave Meditz .... makeup assistant
Jeremy Selenfriend .... special makeup effects designer
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Natalie Ostapiak .... assistant director
Chris Rowan .... second assistant director
Sound Department
Seth Dearborn .... sound
Klint Macro .... sound re-recording mixer
Special Effects by
Kevin Carter .... special effects contact lenses
Katie Kubert .... shop assistant
India Quinby .... special effects assistant
Holly Selenfriend .... lab assistant (as Holly Wisniewski)
Jeremy Selenfriend .... special effects head
Camera and Electrical Department
Natalie Ostapiak .... still photographer
Casting Department
Julie Checketts .... casting assistant
Stephenie Galvan .... casting assistant
Other crew
Amy Gils .... production assistant
Dina Riccardi .... production assistant

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Eat Your Heart Out" - USA (original title)
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Rated R for disturbing violent and sexual content, language and nudity
90 min
Aspect Ratio:
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11 out of 14 people found the following review useful.
Rock Music, Blood and Prostitution..., 12 October 2007
Author: gavin6942 from United States

A man (Jack Dillon) is lonely, oh so lonely. And when he cannot find a friend through the local Jewish singles scene (why they have to be Jewish, as he does not seem to be practicing, I am not sure) he turns to the adult ads to get some women in the other way. One of them, Pandora (Melissa Bacelar) is exactly what he is looking for and he tries to pursue the relationship beyond the customer-prostitute level. But she has a little secret.

I put this DVD in my player and hit play, and was somewhat dismayed by the film quality. Better than home video but not quite professional level, I was afraid that I was in for yet another disaster. Less than five minutes in, however, I changed my mind... when the rocking soundtrack kicked in (presumably performed by Beyond the Shattered Mirror, who also did the score -- this guy (also known as Duane Perry) is amazing). What was lacking in picture quality was made up for in sound quality and I sat back to enjoy the film.

While the plot is simple, it works effectively for what most horror fans are looking for. Blood, more than a fair share of nudity, and some suspense (not only is there a murderer on the loose, but a stalker trying to kill the murderer!). The blood and gore are rather fake, which was a drawback... but here again where the visuals were lacking they found ways to make up for it. "Hey Bob, our blood isn't really that gross." "How about we just let loose with gallons of the stuff, Dave?" "Sounds good."

Melissa Bacelar is a star to be looking out for. While much of the cast is re-used from previous films by the writer and director (and are also in upcoming films), Bacelar seems to be on the edge of breaking into the big time. A Troma veteran -- like Kevin Costner -- she is ready to springboard. Be sure to catch her in this if you want to be the first one on your block to know her name when she's an A-list star.

Overall, the film does not have the greatest draw, hence the mediocre ranking. Time better spent would be listening to an album from Beyond the Shattered Mirror, so I thank this film for turning me on to them. But if you cannot get enough of prostitutes (and a brief lesbian scene) then this is a film to check out if you can find it in your area. It was not perfect, but it had a lot of heart (no pun intended).

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