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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
2 wins & 7 nominations. See more awards »

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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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Storyline

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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R | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

14 October 1980 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Fade to Black See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Second theatrical feature for Mickey Rourke. 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 Nosferatu (1922) See more »

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Tomorrow Night
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A sad Character study of a young man who loses touch with reality
20 December 1999 | by pendrell-2See all my reviews

There are three types of horror films 1.the scary horror film (designed as you would think to scare you. 2.The black comedy (Its meant to be funny, but not everyone will find this true. Third and last are the dramatic horror films, they play like a drama film except they are much darker and usually have something to do with mental illnesses. This movie is of the third kind, It is a sad character study of a young man called Eric who spends all his time watching movies and finding out trivia about them. He has no apparent friends and he lives with his wheelchair bound aunt, who really is at odds with him. The film is very original and has a incredible lead performance from the actor playing Eric. They cops on the other hand are all really badly done, I just couldnt wait till they left the screen and every time they appeared again I grimly waited for there departure. Most of the other actors do quite a good job in this film and it also sports a young Mickey Rouke in what I think was his first film role. I would recommend this film only to horror fans, The film references, the characters and the direction are all tuned to giving any horror fan a good time for their money. Its not for everyone. But thats what I liked about it.


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