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Frightmare (1983)

When his loyal fans decide to steal his fresh corpse from the mortuary to party with it all night long, a true horror film star returns from the grave as a ghastly blood-sucker, bent on revenge. At least, will he spare his followers?


Norman Thaddeus Vane (screenplay)




Cast overview, first billed only:
Ferdy Mayne ... Conrad Radzoff (as Ferdinand Mayne)
Luca Bercovici ... Saint
Nita Talbot ... Mrs. Rohmer
Leon Askin ... Wolfgang
Jennifer Starrett ... Meg
Barbara Pilavin ... Etta Radzoff
Alan Stock Alan Stock ... Oscar
Twyla Littleton Twyla Littleton ... Actress in Commercial
Joe Witherell Joe Witherell ... Crewman
Janet Lee Orcutt Janet Lee Orcutt ... Script Girl
Carlene Olson Carlene Olson ... Eve
Scott Thomson ... Bobo
Donna McDaniel Donna McDaniel ... Donna
Jeffrey Combs ... Stu
Peter Kastner Peter Kastner ... Commercial Director


Drama students decide to pay tribute to their favorite horror star by stealing his body from his crypt for a farewell party. They fail to realize their violation of the tomb has triggered powerful black magic, and Conrad hasn't taken his final bows yet. Written by Sister Grimm <srgrimm@teleport.com>

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Comedy | Horror


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Did You Know?


The film scenes which are supposed to show Ferdy Mayne's heyday are actually black and white clips of 'Tempi duri per i vampiri' (1959) which feature Christopher Lee in a relatively early role. See more »


During a scene towards the end of the movie where Conrad is walking up a staircase towards Stu, a hose can be seen spraying fog on the stairs. See more »


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Only a tiny bit underrated...
11 October 1999 | by b. koskiSee all my reviews

Although I do agree that Frightmare is underrated, it isn't something to put too much work into finding.

The storyline is a semi-interesting twist on the life after death theme: A legendary horror actor [Conrad] dies mysteriously in his bedroom. At the funeral his 'last film' is shown: a short with him stating that there is life after death and that he's watching all of the people that are watching the film. A little later, a group of horror/drama kiddies decide to steal Conrad's corpse and bring him to the house where some of his movies were filmed. The kids slowly start to disappear, one by one...

The first few death scenes are the only downright amazing thing about this movie. It was nice to see some regular, down to earth 'mental murder' after watching two gore filled movies beforehand. But even that can't save it -- the murders start to get bloody in a very cheesy way, and them themselves become as boring as the movie itself.

I'd suggest renting this only if you have the money to blow and you aren't expecting a masterpiece. There's better horror films, but every once in a while you need to see something average to remind you of that.

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9 September 1983 (USA) See more »

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$120,000 (estimated)
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