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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 ... 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 »

Also Known As:

Ligne de Mort See more »

Filming Locations:

Toronto, Ontario, Canada

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CAD 850,000 (estimated)
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Mono

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Color

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2.35 : 1
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Executive Producer Henry Less makes a cameo as the film director. See more »

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Clips from the twisted imagination of a struggling horror author!
12 February 2009 | by CoventrySee all my reviews

"Deadline" is an obscure, inventive, intriguing and occasionally very engrossing little Canadian-produced horror sleeper, but at the same time also difficult and even somewhat risky to recommend to fellow genre fanatics because it is certainly an awkward and downbeat movie. Basically a dysfunctional family drama and a portrait of downwards mental spiral, "Deadline" also boosts a whole lot of sickening and extra-gratuitous violence and I'm really not sure if people will appreciate this combination, let alone the robust and sudden changes in tone. Even though the gory bits undoubtedly form the best and most memorable part of the film, they clearly serve no purpose other than fill up space and attract wider audiences. Steven Lessey is a horror author whose previous scripts were hugely profitable blockbuster hits. So now, and obviously, Steven's producer nags around his head for a new script. But Steven wants to do something different and struggles with a writer's block. Being obsessed with this work, Steven doesn't notice how his wife becomes a frequent visitor of drug parties or how his neglected children play deadly games they've seen in daddy's movies. The sick & twisted horror fragments are either clips from Steven's supposed previous films (like a marvelous scene involving a black goat and an agricultural machine) or potential new concept for his new script. Particularly these fragments are outrageously demented and uncompromisingly shocking! Some of them really ought to be elaborated into a full-length horror movie, like the idea of suicidal fetuses and especially the idea of little children tying up and setting fire to their own grandmother. "Deadline" is pretty good but it could have been a lot better. In the hands of that other super-talented Canadian director David Cronenberg, for example, the processing of these themes and ambiances would have resulted in the ultimately petrifying cinematic nightmare. Still, writer/director Mario Azzopardi definitely didn't do a bad job. The atmosphere is admirably moody and the film is literally stuffed with unsettling imagery. "Deadline" is an interesting film, to say the least. Proceed at your own risk…


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