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Fatal Games (1984)

A mad javelin thrower kills teenagers in the school. All promising athletes are executed in the most brutal way. Especially naked girls in dressing-rooms or saunas.

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Michael Elliot

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Rafael Buñuel (screenplay), Michael Elliot (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Sally Kirkland ... Diane Paine
Lynn Banashek Lynn Banashek ... Annie Rivers
Sean Masterson ... Phil Dandridge
Michael O'Leary ... Frank Agee
Teal Roberts ... Lynn Fox
Spice Williams-Crosby ... Coach Drew (as Marcelyn Ann Williams)
Melissa Prophet Melissa Prophet ... Nancy Wilson
Angela Bennett ... Sue Allen Baines
Nicholas Love ... Joe Ward
Lauretta Murphy Lauretta Murphy ... Shelly
Michael Elliot Michael Elliot ... Dr. Jordine
Christopher Mankiewicz Christopher Mankiewicz ... Coach Jack Webber
Ed Call Ed Call ... Mr. Burger (as Edward Call)
Mel Klein Mel Klein ... Annie's Father
Alan Waite Alan Waite ... Waiter
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A mad javelin thrower kills teenagers in the school. All promising athletes are executed in the most brutal way. Especially naked girls in dressing-rooms or saunas. Written by Kenneth Pettersson <kenneth.pettersson@mbox200.swipnet.se>

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Someone is stopping the nation's top athletes dead in their tracks! See more »

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Horror | Sport

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 August 1987 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

Dött lopp See more »

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Production Co:

Impact Films See more »
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Runtime:

| (uncut)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Spice Williams-Crosby's character kisses her girlfriend on the forehead due to a compromise with the other actress. Filming went on hiatus for Christmas break and when the actress playing the girlfriend returned, she advised the crew that she had become a Born Again Christian over the holiday break and refused to do the kissing scene. See more »

Goofs

The camera's shadow (notably the 400' MAG) is visible on the ground, filming the POV shot of the killer stalking the pool. See more »

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References Creature from the Black Lagoon (1954) See more »

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16 August 2012 | by BezenbySee all my reviews

With the British media ramming the London Olympics down our throats in every conceivable way possible, I thought I'd escape the onslaught by watching Fatal Games, an eighties slasher flick where a hooded killer is impaling Olympic wannabes with a javelin.

There's an immediate whiff of vintage cheddar about this film as we see the athletes doing their routines to an eighties theme tune that goes "Winning isn't everything, winning is the only thing" and I don't know about you, but I take great comfort from a slasher film when it includes a nice tune or two. We're introduced to our seven athletes/victims and assorted red herrings/possible killer.

Fatal Games isn't full of imaginative kills. When we get done with all the crap banter and relationships and what not, the killer dispatches his victim with a javelin, and proceeds to do so throughout the film. He also hides the bodies, so there's plenty of head scratching 'where's such and such?' and stalking around the school. However, there's plenty of imagination injected into the stalking itself, as the killer's shadow is projected onto walls, or the killer is lit from the back, which livens things up a bit.

The main 'livening things up' aspect of Fatal Games is the copious nudity shown through the first half of the film. Communal showers, shared saunas, massages, the whole lot is thrown out there to make sure you've got nothing to worry about. It keeps things going while the cast gets whittled down. Apart from that, it is your standard slasher stuff, with someone finding the bodies stashed away somewhere, to the final stalking of the remaining female around the school, etc etc.

For an athletics-based slasher film, it's okay. Very similar to Graduation Day (which is better), but nowhere near the level of lunacy that is Pieces (which also had a swimming pool murder and a locker room murder).


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