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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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A horror story ... definitely not for the nervous! See more »




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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 »


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$6,000 (estimated)
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Cinema Enterprises See more »
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1.37 : 1
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Shot over the course of three months. See more »


Referenced in Scary Tales (2001) See more »

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Another Don Dohler low-budget classic, with more violence this time
22 June 2013 | by MartianOctocretr5See all my reviews

Everyone should see at least one (and preferably more) of Don Dohler's low budget indie movies. Fiend is consistent with the Dohler brand; put together on the cheap, stars a bunch of his friends and relatives, and is just good crazy horror movie fun. They're usually horror/sci-fi cross-breeds, and Dohler showcases his specialty, special effects, in the production.

This time, a ghost or spirit looking like a bright light enters a grave and reanimates a body. The walking dead man, frequent Dohler star Don Liefert, gives an adequately sinister touch to his blood thirsty character. He draws life essence from his victims, and has a voracious appetite to do this, since he has to replenish his energy frequently. Of course, this means there will be a high body count unless the fiend is stopped quickly. Only a neighbor of his suspects the guy, who is living amongst his victims in suburbia.

The tone is more sinister and bloody than other Dohler films; even a child is among the victims. The rampaging beast is merciless, and the violence somewhat masks the mediocre acting of the cast.

The low budget is visible at times throughout the movie, and the MST3K gang probably would have bludgeoned this film if they had ever shown it. Still, like all of Dohler's bargain basement horror flicks, it makes for a good thrill ride.

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