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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 »

Director:

Mario Azzopardi

Writers:

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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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 »

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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Executive Producer Henry Less makes a cameo as the film director. See more »

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References All About Eve (1950) See more »

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by Dwayne Ford
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Interesting but flawed
17 December 2005 | by udar55See all my reviews

This Canadian film is often sold as a horror film but it is actually a twisted drama. Stephen Young stars as Steven Lessey, a successful author and screenwriter who is having a bad case of writer's block. The works he has profited from don't satisfy him now and he is searching for "true horror" to write about. As the film progresses, his personal life begins to unravel alongside a series of hallucinations.

DEADLINE is a mixed bag. Its biggest flaw is that there are no likable characters in the film. Young's character is a jerk and his wife is just as bad. I couldn't care less what happens to these self centered people. Director Mario Azzopardi also makes sure to distance mainstream audiences by filling the scenes from Lessey's head with extremely graphic gore. It is well done but probably sends the audiences looking for a drama running. However, the film does make some interesting statements on the influence of violence in cinema and some of the hallucination scenes are truly haunting. Cindy Hinds, the young girl from Cronenberg's THE BROOD, co-stars as Lessey's daughter.


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