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Deadline (1984)

R | | Action, Horror, Thriller | 1984 (USA)
A horror film about a screenwriter who loses the ability to distinguish between his fantasy world and the real world, with disastrous consequences. As he ruminates on his place in any world... See full summary »

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Mario Azzopardi

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Mario Azzopardi (screenplay), Mario Azzopardi (story) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Stephen Young ... Steven Lessey
Sharon Masters Sharon Masters ... Elizabeth Lessey
Marvin Goldhar Marvin Goldhar ... Burt Horowitz
Jeannie Elias Jeannie Elias ... Darlene Winters
Cindy Hinds ... Sharon Lessey
Phillip Leonard Phillip Leonard ... Philip Lessey
Tod Woodcroft Tod Woodcroft ... David Lessey
Bev Marsh Bev Marsh ... Martha Lessey
Carole Pope Carole Pope ... Herself (as Rough Trade)
Kevan Staples Kevan Staples ... Punk Rock Band Member
Rough Trade Rough Trade ... Punk Rock Band Member
Mary Risk Mary Risk ... Professor
Ken Camroux-Taylor Ken Camroux-Taylor ... Moderator (as Ken Camroux)
Philip Akin Philip Akin ... Student #1
Bill Yak ... Student #2 (as Bill Yack)
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Storyline

A horror film about a screenwriter who loses the ability to distinguish between his fantasy world and the real world, with disastrous consequences. As he ruminates on his place in any world and loses his grip, he also loses his wife and his children's respect, and critics tear him apart. The final undoing of this screenwriter is a deadline that must be met at all costs, costs that perhaps are too great. Written by Ørnås

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His obsession was to create the ultimate horror story... his curse was to live it.


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Country:

Canada

Language:

English

Release Date:

1984 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Ligne de Mort See more »

Filming Locations:

Toronto, Ontario, Canada

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Budget:

CAD 850,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Shot in 1979, but not released until five years after it was made. See more »

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References All About Eve (1950) See more »

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I love this film
23 January 2009 | by BronsonFanSee all my reviews

This is perhaps my favorite horror film of all time, the relentless gloom and the downward sparrow of all the characters lives within it. Leave you the viewer feeling exhausted , this strain on your emotions leave you feeling venerable. Through out this we are exposed to a fair amount of random violence. The main character Steven Lessey who is a successful writer that makes his living off writing horror novels , that have good fortune in Hollywood. One occasion shows him doing a questions and answer's at a university , upon showing a clip for his new film , after the audience witness the morbid acts of some of his art. They use it against him, pointing there fingers and asking him how dare he create this senseless violence. Steven tries to justify the metaphors that are the under layer of his work, but as the audience pounces more on him, we witness he has no solid answer's.

It is soon after this, that his art starts to invade his daily life. Being frustrated and under pressure, he takes on a change . One that creates a big weight for all those around him. The children are caught in the middle of all this, and it is very interesting in there part of Steven's fall into the gutter.

I feel that there is so much more I could say about this film, but at the same time , I would risk the chance of giving those who have not viewed it spoilers. So I would rather comment on your need to view this film, if you haven't because it truly is one of the best horror films that I have ever seen. It takes you for a ride and it grips hard the whole time.


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