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Fade to Black (1980)

A shy, lonely film buff embarks on a killing spree against those who browbeat and betray him, all the while stalking his idol, a Marilyn Monroe lookalike.

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Vernon Zimmerman
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Dennis Christopher ... Eric Binford
Tim Thomerson ... Dr. Jerry Moriarty
Gwynne Gilford ... Officer Anne Oshenbull
Norman Burton ... Marty Berger (as Normann Burton)
Linda Kerridge ... Marilyn O'Connor
Morgan Paull ... Gary Bially
James Luisi ... Captain M.L. Gallagher
Eve Brent ... Aunt Stella Binford (as Eve Brent Ashe)
John Steadman ... Sam
Marcie Barkin ... Stacy
Mickey Rourke ... Richie
Peter Horton ... Joey
Hennen Chambers Hennen Chambers ... Bart
Melinda O. Fee ... Talk Show Hostess (as Melinda Fee)
Anita Converse Anita Converse ... Dee Dee
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Shy, lonely Eric Binford delivers film cassettes and film-related supplies in Los Angeles for a living. But he really exists only to watch movies and immense himself in fantasies about cinematic characters and stars. Frequently bullied and betrayed, Eric comforts himself by pretending to be one of the many tough heroes and villains who have captivated him from the silver screen. However, his sanity takes a turn for the worse and he launches grotesque murders all patterned after characters and incidents from his beloved movies. He becomes known as the Celluloid Killer, one of the most horrifying murderers the city has ever known. Written by matt-282

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Meet Eric Binford, the ultimate movie buff. If you know someone like him... run! See more »


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

14 October 1980 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Mono

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Color (Metrocolor)

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1.85 : 1
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Time Out magazine called this movie a "darker cousin of Billy Liar (1963)". See more »

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As Moriarty and Officer Oshenbull are racing to stop Eric near the film's ending, their police car changes briefly from a 1975-78 Plymouth Fury to a 71-76 Chevrolet Impala, only to change back once they arrive to the scene. See more »

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[first lines]
Aunt Stella Binford: [cynical tone] Eric! Get up! Well, lookie here. Mister Smart Mouth fell asleep with his nose buried in the screen again! Your one-eyed monster is gonna soften your eyes, much less rot your brain! You spend all your time daydreaming and watching those silly movies on the TV and on your projector.
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References The Sundowners (1960) See more »

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Tomorrow Night
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Film Frenzy
6 October 2002 | by BaronBl00dSee all my reviews

Dennis Christopher stars as a young film buff with no sense of a real family, no friends, and an obsessive need to live through film vicariously. He soon begins to act out the violence he sees on the big screen, and people close to him soon die. Although the premise for the film is original and innovative, the film does have some budgetary constraints and suffers from a weak overall plot. Notwithstanding the pedestrian direction and amateurish performances in general, the film does have a likable quality to it and does pay tribute to some great films while Christopher turns himself into various characters. Christopher does a rather good job in his demanding role, a role that really needs more flesh to it. The rest of the cast is rather blah with Tim Thomerson really giving an excrutiatingly bad performance as a psychologist working with the cops. Linda Kerridge stands out for her beauty if nothing else as an Australian Marilyn Monroe look-a-like. Christopher stands into such roles as Richard Widmark's killer in Kiss of Death, Dracula, the Mummy( a very poorly shot and conceived bit), Hoppalong Cassidy and Laurence Olivier in The Prince and the Showgirl. For those of you with a good background in film, the movie takes on a different level of meaning and is fun as a homage piece.


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