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Cataclysm (1980)

R | | Horror | 1983 (West Germany)
Police detective, Mitchell, investigating the death of a victim of a Nazi concentration camp discovers a nightclubbing playboy who has strange powers over women and is seemingly ageless.

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Phillip Marshak (as Philip Marshak), Tom McGowan | 1 more credit »

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Philip Yordan
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Cameron Mitchell ... Lt. Sterne
Marc Lawrence ... Abraham Weiss / Dieter
Faith Clift Faith Clift ... Claire Hansen
Richard Moll ... James Hanson (as Charles Moll)
Maurice Grandmaison Maurice Grandmaison ... Papini
Robert Bristol Robert Bristol ... Olivier
Klint Stevenson Klint Stevenson ... Jim
Elizabeth Martin Elizabeth Martin
Christie Starley Christie Starley ... Ann (as Christie Wagner)
Robyn Russell Robyn Russell ... Mrs. Ziegler
Georgia Geerling Georgia Geerling ... Waitress
T.J. Savage T.J. Savage ... Morgue attendant
Phil Yordan Jr. Phil Yordan Jr. ... Waiter
Norma Clift Norma Clift ... Old bookstore woman
Lou Edwards Lou Edwards
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Police detective, Mitchell, investigating the death of a victim of a Nazi concentration camp discovers a nightclubbing playboy who has strange powers over women and is seemingly ageless. Written by Anonymous

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1983 (West Germany) See more »

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Olivier's house is actually the McClune mansion in Salt Lake City, Utah. See more »

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The car used to run over Satan's Little Helper towards the end of the movie miraculously repairs its own windscreen between shots. See more »

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This motion picture is protected under laws of the United States and other countries and its unauthorized duplication, distribution, or exhibition may result in civil liability and criminal prosecution. NO FOOLIN'. See more »

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There are at least four different version of this film released: SATAN'S SUPPER -- Academy Films VHS, 82 minutes 20 seconds, very grainy and pallid looking transfer. Missing all of the footage showing them going to, and then in, Las Vegas at the nightclub. Video wipe title SATAN'S SUPPER before the film begins. Stated runtime: 94 minutes. SHIVER -- Brentwood/BCI DVD from the "Tales From The Boneyard" 4 Disc Set, 86 minutes 47 seconds, shows them at the nightclub in Las Vegas but missing the scene where they are in the car on the way there. Re-title SHIVER inserted during the first dream sequence with a lazy edit, which jumps right to the nightclub act. Stated runtime: "Approx. 94 minutes". THE NIGHTMARE NEVER ENDS -- Mill Creek DVD from the "Nightmare Worlds" 50 Movie pack, 87 minutes 50 seconds , has all of the footage in the car and at the nightclub in Las Vegas. What looks like an in-print title of THE NIGHTMARE NEVER ENDS before the film starts. Stated runtime: 88 minutes. THE NIGHTMARE NEVER ENDS -- Premier Entertainment International VHS, 82 minutes 26 seconds, appears to be an identical transfer as the SATAN'S SUPPER tape (or vice-versa) though the picture and sound quality of this one is noticeably better and the color is much better than either of the two DVD versions described above. Missing all of the footage involving Las Vegas. Re-title card still of THE NIGHTMARE NEVER ENDS before film starts. Stated runtime: 94 minutes. An edited version was used as an episode for the horror anthology Night Train to Terror. See more »

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The Devil Is Loose Again!
16 June 2008 | by wes-connorsSee all my reviews

"The investigation into the mysterious death of an aging Nazi war criminal hunter brings a surprising revelation to the cop working on the case. It appears the old man was actually following an individual with ties to the Nazis, who seems to have not aged in appearance in spite of the passage of over 30 (sic) years. The policeman and some other individuals decide to track down the mysterious individual to find out his horrifying secret," according to the DVD sleeve's synopsis.

The appropriately named Faith Clift (as Dr. Claire Hansen) and atheist writer husband Richard "Charles" Moll (as James Hanson) go to sinful Las Vegas to see the shows and promote Mr. Moll's book "God Is Dead". Ms. Clift is troubled by nightmarish dreams about Nazis. Meanwhile, Marc Lawrence (as Abraham Weiss), a blathering Jew, has traced Nazi war criminal Robert Bristol (as Mr. Olivier) to Vegas; and, he reports the finding to police lieutenant Cameron Mitchell (as Sterne). At first, Mr. Mitchell won't believe old Mr. Lawrence, because young Mr. Bristol hasn't aged in 35 years.

"Cataclysm" (aka "Satan's Supper" aka "The Nightmare Never Ends") is a classic "so-bad-it's-good" film. Although others try, nobody in the cast can best Clift's supremely awful performance; her effort is astonishing. Also, watch Mitchell ("High Chaparral") defeat Moll ("Night Court") for best artificial hair. Bristol is delightfully devilish; it's too bad he, Maurice Grandmaison (as Papini), Klint Stevenson (as Jim), and Christie Wagner (as Ann) have so few screen credits; their characterizations are perfect.

Films like this hardly ever have good endings; admittedly, it's truly difficult to appropriately end a story as bad as this one -- but writer Philip Yordan and company come up with a real winner; it may make you want to click your heels… or hooves, as the case may be. See it with an open heart, or liver…


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