Fade to Black ()

Reference View | Change View

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.


Photos and Videos

Complete, Cast awaiting verification

Eric Binford
Dr. Jerry Moriarty
Officer Anne Oshenbull
Marty Berger (as Normann Burton)
Marilyn O'Connor
Gary Bially
Captain M.L. Gallagher
Aunt Stella Binford (as Eve Brent Ashe)
Hennen Chambers ...
Talk Show Hostess (as Melinda Fee)
Anita Converse ...
Dee Dee
Bob Drew ...
Reverend Shick
Teddi Siddall ...
Sharon Sharth ...
Mail Girl (as Sharon Schlaerth)
David Daniels ...
Waiter at Food Stand (as Joseph Daniels)
Marilyn Staley ...
Al Tafoya ...
Clyde Primm ...
Bookstore Owner
Gilbert Lawrence Kaan ...
Sharon McCreedy ...
Frightened Spectator
Bill Stack ...
SWAT Leader
Gregory Sage ...
J.K. Wiley ...
Peggy Kaye ...
Midway Operator
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Cody Jarett (uncredited) (archiveFootage)
Theater Patron (uncredited)
Grauman's Chinese Theater Extra (uncredited)
Book Store Customer (uncredited)
(uncredited) (archiveFootage)
(uncredited) (archiveFootage)
Gary Howe Scott ...
SWAT Team Member (uncredited)
Doreen (uncredited)
Robert Stahoviak ...
SWAT Sniper (uncredited)
Frankie Verroca ...
Sci-Fi Movie Fan (uncredited)
Tommy Udo (uncredited) (archiveFootage)

Directed by

Vernon Zimmerman

Written by

Vernon Zimmerman ... (written by)

Produced by

George G. Braunstein ... producer
Ron Hamady ... producer
Sylvio Tabet ... executive producer
Joseph Wolf ... associate producer
Irwin Yablans ... executive producer

Music by

Craig Safan

Cinematography by

Álex Phillips Jr. ... (as Alex Phillips Jr.)

Film Editing by

James Mitchell
Barbara Pokras

Editorial Department

Vicki Hiatt ... assistant editor
Howard Kunin ... supervising editor
David Ornstein ... assistant editor
Florent Retz ... assistant editor
James Ruxin ... additional editor (as Jim Ruxin)
Rene Balcer ... assistant editor (uncredited)

Casting By

Pamela Basker
Fern Champion

Set Decoration by

Rob Lowy ... (as Robert E. Lowy)

Makeup Department

Colin Booker ... hair stylist / makeup artist
Patricia Bunch ... additional hair stylist (as Patty Bunch) / additional makeup artist (as Patty Bunch)
Justin Chart ... additional hair stylist / additional makeup artist
Karen Faye ... additional hair stylist / additional makeup artist

Production Management

Tikki Goldberg ... production manager

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

Paul Chavez ... second assistant director
Ron Fury ... first assistant director

Art Department

Loma Lee Brookbank ... property master
George Herthel ... swing gang
Lee Lazarow ... leadman
Michael Miller ... swing gang
Jeff Staggs ... set construction coordinator
Greg Wolfsfeld ... swing gang

Sound Department

Gary Alexander ... re-recording mixer
Douglas B. Arnold ... boom operator (as Doug Arnold)
Jan Brodin ... sound mixer
Jack Cheap ... sound editor
Tom Cornwell ... sound editor
Peter Harrison ... sound editor
Fred Judkins ... sound editor
Michael Minkler ... re-recording mixer
Michael P. Redbourn ... supervising sound editor (as Michael Redbourn)
Christopher T. Welch ... sound editor (as Chris Welch)
Jonathon 'Earl' Stein ... sound mixer (uncredited)

Special Effects by

Wayne Beauchamp ... special effects (as James Wayne)


Bruce Paul Barbour ... stunt coordinator
Michael Cassidy ... stunts (as Mike Cassidy)
Ann Chatterton ... stunts
Kerrie Cullen ... stunts
Diamond Farnsworth ... stunts (as Hill Farnsworth)
Mike H. McGaughy ... stunts (as Mike McGaughy)
Conrad E. Palmisano ... stunt coordinator
Nick Palmisano ... stunts
Rick Seaman ... stunts
John Cenatiempo ... stunts (uncredited)

Camera and Electrical Department

John Egils Avots ... electrician (as John Avots)
Ed Barger ... additional photographer
Ben Batzdorff ... extra camera assistant (as Ben Batzdorf)
Frank D'Angelo ... extra camera assistant
Donne Daniels ... best boy grip
Thomas F. Denove ... additional camera operator (as Tom De Noves)
Greg Gorman ... special photography
Hank Grattan ... crane operator
Robert Harmon ... still photographer (as Bob Harmon)
Bob Harris ... grip
Irv Katz ... gaffer
Steve Mathis ... electrician
George Mooradian ... second assistant camera
Donald R. Morgan ... key grip
John Arthur Morrill ... extra camera assistant (as John Morrill)
Tracy Neftzger ... grip
Mark Simon ... additional camera assistant
John Sorich ... electrician
Mike Taylor ... grip
Alton Walpole ... electrician
Tim Williams ... first assistant camera
David Wisnievitz ... additional camera operator
Doug Cragoe ... electrician (uncredited)
Matthew Dorsey ... electrician (uncredited)

Casting Department

Jerry Anderson ... casting assistant
Loril Hirsch ... casting assistant
Victor J. Kubitschek ... extras casting (as Victor Kubichek)

Costume and Wardrobe Department

Doris Bettencourt ... wardrobe (as Doris Lynn)
Mark de Paola ... wardrobe assistant
Louise O'Brien ... wardrobe assistant

Location Management

Michael Fottrell ... location coordinator

Music Department

Bob Badami ... music editor (as Robert Badami)
Trevor Veitch ... music coordinator
Randall Wixen ... music consultant

Script and Continuity Department

Kathryn Zatarga ... script supervisor (as Kathryn A. Zatarga)

Transportation Department

Greg Gears ... transportation
Fred Wilferth ... driver: honeywagon

Other crew

Ami Agmon ... production assistant (as Ben Ami Agmon)
Jon Foreman ... unit publicist
Jack Freiburg ... production assistant
Lloyd K. Hamady ... set physician (as Lloyd Hamady)
Lee Harry ... production assistant (as Burton Lee Harry)
Allan H. Jones ... creative consultant (as Allen Jones)
Susan Latempa ... assistant to director (as Susan La Tempa)
Mark Lyon ... head production assistant (as Mark Robert Lyon)
Peter Michas ... caterer
Elliot Nachbar ... production assistant
John Panzarella ... production assistant
Amy Rabins ... production auditor
Sharron Reynolds ... production coordinator
Randi Rosen ... production secretary
Sylvio Tabet ... presenter
Anne Van Der Vort ... post production secretary
Gary S. Werner ... production assistant
Irwin Yablans ... presenter
Jim Gerwig ... caterer (uncredited)
Brandon Pender ... distribution executive (uncredited)


Elmer Haynes ... special thanks
David Wolf ... special thanks

Production Companies




Special Effects


Other Companies



Plot Summary

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

Plot Keywords
Taglines Meet Eric Binford, the ultimate movie buff. If you know someone like him... run! See more »
Parents Guide View content advisory »

Additional Details

Also Known As
  • Fondu au noir (France)
  • Fundido a negro (Spain)
  • Dissolvenza in nero (Italy)
  • Die schönen Morde des Eric Binford (West Germany)
  • El Asesino de Hollywood (Mexico)
  • See more »
  • 102 min
Aspect Ratio
Sound Mix
Filming Locations

Did You Know?

Trivia Chris Stein of the new wave group Blondie was the original choice to compose the soundtrack but his deal was canceled. See more »
Goofs 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 »
Movie Connections Featured in The Idolmaker, The Chant of Jimmie Blacksmith, Every Man for Himself, Fade to Black (1980). See more »
Soundtracks Heroes See more »
Quotes Eric Binford: Mornin' Stella.
[Eric lights a cigarette and coughs]
Aunt Stella Binford: Have you looked at yourself lately? You look like hell!
[Eric takes a puff on his cigarette and blows the smoke into Aunt Stella's face]
Aunt Stella Binford: Stop making those faces at me! I'll tell you something, if you don't listen to me and start taking care of yourself, you'll never reach age 30.
[Eric continues to ignore Aunt Stella]
Aunt Stella Binford: When I took you in after your sweet mother died while giving birth to you, I had no idea you'd be such a trial! Your mother was a beautiful woman. She was a great talent. Hollywood was at her feet. Important men were begging to marry her. Then she met your father, that bastard! With that, it was the end of our dance team. You know, I was a fine dancer, the best!
Eric Binford: [sarcastic] Yeah, you're the greatest, Aunt Stella. You tell me that all the time. Magnificent.
Aunt Stella Binford: It's your fault I'm in this wheelchair! You made me leave that party 20 years ago. Your little troublemaking belly aching! If it wasn't for you, I'd still have my legs!
Eric Binford: I still can't believe your still bringing that up after all these years. I didn't ask the babysitter to call you. I was sick that night. I was only four years old. You were drunk and you should not have been driving...
Aunt Stella Binford: Shut up! You're a loser, Eric! You're worthless just like your father was before he ran out on us!
Eric Binford: Yeah, I know!
See more »

Contribute to This Page

Recently Viewed