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Fiend (1980)

Not Rated | | Horror | September 1980 (USA)
This low budget feature from Baltimore filmmaker Don Dohler opens with a spirit entering into a gravesite and reanimating a corpse back to life as Mr. Longfellow. In order for him to stay ... See full summary »


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Don Dohler, Don Leifert (additional story concepts)

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Don Leifert ... Eric Longfellow
Richard Nelson Richard Nelson ... Gary Kender
Elaine White Elaine White ... Marsha Kender
George Stover ... Dennis Frye
Greg Dohler Greg Dohler ... Scotty
Del Winans Del Winans ... Jimmy Barnes
Kim Pfeiffer Kim Pfeiffer ... Kristy Michaels (as Kim Dohler)
Debbie Vogel Debbie Vogel ... Helen Weiss
Richard Geiwitz Richard Geiwitz ... Fred
Denise Grzybowski Denise Grzybowski ... Kristy's Friend
Lydia Vuynovich Lydia Vuynovich ... Angie - Girl in Cemetery
Steve Frith Steve Frith ... Steve - Man in Cemetery
Pam Dohler Pam Dohler ... Jane Clayton
Barbara Shuman Barbara Shuman ... Woman With Dog
Tom Griffith Tom Griffith ... Man With Beard


This low budget feature from Baltimore filmmaker Don Dohler opens with a spirit entering into a gravesite and reanimating a corpse back to life as Mr. Longfellow. In order for him to stay alive, he needs to absorb the life energies out of the living by wrapping his hands around his victoms' throats. He moves to the suburbs of Maryland where his nosey neighbor begins to suspect something aint right with Mr. Longfellow. Written by Humberto Amador

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Release Date:

September 1980 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Deadly Neighbor See more »

Filming Locations:

Perry Hall, Maryland, USA See more »


Box Office


$6,000 (estimated)
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Cinema Enterprises See more »
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Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


Don Dohler used his own home as the house that Eric Longfellow resides in. See more »


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I liked it, but I liked Alien Factor a lot too.
27 March 2007 | by hocfocprodSee all my reviews

OK, so I have a soft spot for low budget indie movies with typical 70's effects.

Alien Factor, the director's first movie, seemed to me to have one major problem: It was much bigger than its budget. The story had too much to accomplish. It seems to me that with Fiend writer/director, Don Dohler realized that a "smaller" movie would be better suited to his resources.

The script is pure genius at staying within its means. The main cast and locations are kept simple, the F/X aren't stupendous but they do the job and the storyline is out there enough to keep it interesting.

If you like movies with heart that just want to entertain you for 90 minutes or so, FIEND may be worth a watch. It's certainly worth having on your online video rental list or picking up on the cheap at a convention.

If you're looking for tons of gore and naked women, this one's not for you. In fact, big scares aren't really present either, but it did illicit a certain nostalgic feeling for me.

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