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Scared to Death (1980)

R | | Horror, Sci-Fi | March 1981 (USA)
An ex-cop, now working as a hack novelist, is called out of retirement to help investigate a string of deaths that appear to be the work of a serial killer but soon are revealed to be the ... See full summary »

Director:

William Malone

Writers:

William Malone, Robert Short (story) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
John Stinson John Stinson ... Ted Lonergan
Diana Davidson Diana Davidson ... Jennifer Stanton
David Moses David Moses ... Detective Lou Capell (as Jonathan David Moses)
Toni Jannotta Toni Jannotta ... Sherry Carpenter
Walker Edmiston ... Police Chief Dennis Warren
Pamela Bowman Pamela Bowman ... Janie Richter
Mike Muscat ... Howard Tindall (as Michael Muscat)
Freddie Dawson Freddie Dawson ... Virgil Watson
Tracy Weddle Tracy Weddle ... Kathy Sperry
Joleen Porcaro Joleen Porcaro ... Kelly - Victim #5
David Daniels David Daniels ... Michael, roller skater (as Joseph Daniels)
Stephen Fanning Stephen Fanning ... Scott, roller skater
Greer Justin Greer Justin ... Sandy, rollerskater
Johnny Crear ... Victor Colter
John Moskal John Moskal ... Police Lab Man (as John Moskal Jr.)
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Storyline

An ex-cop, now working as a hack novelist, is called out of retirement to help investigate a string of deaths that appear to be the work of a serial killer but soon are revealed to be the work of the Syngenor - the synthesized genetic organism! Written by Brian J. Wright <tyrannorabbit@hotmail.com>

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Victims of the Killer Kiss, they were . . . See more »

Genres:

Horror | Sci-Fi

Certificate:

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Trivia

Director William Malone said in an interview that actor/performer Rick Springfield was originally cast in the starring role of Ted Lonergan. He however called up Malone the night before filming began saying he couldn't be in his film because he was going to miss too many acting classes. Malone called up John Stinson whom he remembered from an improv class and begged him to be in the film. See more »

Crazy Credits

[Before the film commences, this is placed across the screen] PROLOGUE: The events portrayed in the film, although fictional, are based on scientific fact. If they have not already happened, they soon could. Genetic engineering is real, and soon we may all have to deal with new values and definitions for life and death. See more »

Alternate Versions

A TV print that aired on USA Network included a scene not included on Media's VHS: a group of teens searching for their lost friend in a parking garage find her body hanging upside down much like a scene in Halloween (1978). See more »

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Referenced in Creature (1985) See more »

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fun low budget sci flick
29 April 2003 | by CLEO-8See all my reviews

I thought this movie (for being so bad) was very entertaining. The main characters are the biggest geeks! Especially the male lead. I'm talking about Dorkenstein with a capital D. It was fun making fun of them while hoping the monster eats them. This film seemed to merge cheesey 50's Sci Fi elements with 80's slasher gimmick to create a movie that worked on some level. Mystery Science Theatre would have a field day on this one. I must give it props though. The creatures actually looked good and were indeed creepy.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

March 1981 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Scared to Death: Syngenor See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA

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Budget:

$74,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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