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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?

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Norman Thaddeus Vane (screenplay)
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Cast

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
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Storyline

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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His encore performance was murder! See more »

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Comedy | Horror

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

9 September 1983 (USA) See more »

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Horror Star See more »

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Budget:

$120,000 (estimated)
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Mono

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Color

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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

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 »

Goofs

Shortly after the corpse is stolen, a cane is moved over the corpse, and you can very clearly see eyelids twitch on the actor who is playing dead. It is so obvious, that it made at one viewer think the "corpse" is alive, or coming back to life. See more »

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Referenced in Dead Teenager Movie (2006) See more »

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Gothic Gore
15 October 2003 | by SanguinaireSee all my reviews

Frightmare is an interesting attempt to combine the old thirties style horror with eighties slasher. Ferdinand Mayne stars as Conrad Ragzoff, an arrogant old ham horror actor who dies of a stroke. Some of his fans steal his body from his tomb(what fans!) and all heck breaks loose. Mayne is lots of fun, appearing on a special monitor in the tomb and taunting his soon to be victims. The opening parts of the movie are wonderful; showing Conrad's old movies, him taking care of an unlikeable director, etc. The scenes in the old house, where Conrad stalks the kids, are a little more basic, but still entertaining.

Jeffery Combs is good, but the movie really belongs to Mayne. He seems to enjoy himself and makes the movie lots of fun. So basically, it's not one of the great horror movies or anything like that, but still well worth seeing for fans of eighties horror.


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