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Effects (1980)

R | | Horror, Thriller | June 1980 (USA)
Some crew members of a company shooting a horror film begin to suspect that the "killings" in the movie are real, and that they are actually making a "snuff" film.

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Dusty Nelson

Writers:

William H. Mooney (novel), Dusty Nelson (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Joseph Pilato ... Dominic (as Joseph F. Pilato)
Susan Chapek Susan Chapek ... Celeste
John Harrison ... Lacey Bickel
Bernard McKenna Bernard McKenna ... Barney
Debra Gordon ... Rita / Mona
Tom Savini ... Nicky
Charles Hoyes ... Lobo (as Chuck Hoyes)
Blay Bahnsen Blay Bahnsen ... Scratch (as Blay Bahnson)
Joe Wittkofski Joe Wittkofski ... TV Director
John Sutton ... TV Sound Man
Dave Balko Dave Balko ... TV Video Man (as Dave Belko)
Jackie Lahane Jackie Lahane ... Murdered Girl (as Jackie Lehane)
Cindy Sebastian Cindy Sebastian ... Dancer
Bobbi Van Eman Bobbi Van Eman ... Campfire Extra
Duke Snyder Duke Snyder ... Campfire Extra
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Storyline

Horror movie about an insane film director who hopes his crowning achievement will be a "snuff" documentary about the actual demise of a film crew working on a horror-movie shoot. The director's real cast and crew aren't too pleased when they find out about his project though. Written by Ørnås

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Taglines:

Making movies can be MURDER!

Genres:

Horror | Thriller

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

June 1980 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Death's Director See more »

Filming Locations:

Ligonier, Pennsylvania, USA See more »

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Budget:

$55,000 (estimated)
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Image Works See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Due to a distributor problem, the film never received a theatrical release or home video release. It never aired on television either. The October 2005 Synapse Films DVD release is the film's first official release anywhere in the world. Although AGFA (American Genre Film Archive) is releasing a Blu-Ray of the film mastered from a rare 35mm print that was made before the distributor backed out. See more »

Quotes

Dom: [to Lacey, holds up a fake, bloody leg] Hey, uh, I'm goin' into town for a burger. You want one?
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References The Fury (1978) See more »

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I NEED YOUR LOVE
Written by John Harrison
Performed by Ron 'Byrd' Foster
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Mildly effective snuff horror thriller.
25 July 2008 | by HumanoidOfFleshSee all my reviews

A low-budget horror film is being shot in a secluded mountain area by a hard-working crew and a cast of bewildered actors.However it soon becomes apparent that another crew is shooting the making of the horror film and their intentions are evil.They intend to make the ultimate horror film with real victims,real blood and real death-a genuine snuff movie."Effects" is pretty hard movie to recommend.There are plenty of dull moments where nothing interesting happens.The acting is fairly decent and there are some memorable moments including the director showing 8mm snuff film to his crew,the hunt for Dominic in the woods and startling final twist.It's a shame that the pace of the film is so sluggish.Worth a look for fans of snuff phenomenon.


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