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The Last Horror Film (1982)

A New York taxi driver stalks a beautiful actress attending the Cannes Film Festival, which coincides with a series of violent killings of the lady's friends.

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David Winters
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
J'Len Winters J'Len Winters ... Girl In Jaccuzi / Beach Girl Teaser
John Kelly John Kelly ... Man In Theatre
Joe Spinell ... Vinny (as Joe Spinnel)
Simone Overman Simone Overman ... Woman #1 In Theatre
Malgosia Casey Malgosia Casey ... Woman #2 In Theatre
Patty Salier Patty Salier ... Woman #3 In Theatre
Chip Hamilton ... New York Man
George Valismis George Valismis ... New York Man
Peter D'Arcy Peter D'Arcy ... New York Man (as Peter Darcy)
Filomena Spagnuolo Filomena Spagnuolo ... Vinny's Mother (as Mary Spinnel)
Don Talley Don Talley ... Cowboy
Mai Britt Finseth Mai Britt Finseth ... Bikini Girl / Beach Girl
Valerie Valerie ... Bikini Girl
Caroline Munro ... Jana Bates
Robert Paget Robert Paget ... Screening Room Jury
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Storyline

Vinny is obsessed with famous actress Jana Bates and is determined to have her star in his movie. He travels to the Cannes Film Festival in France to try and convince her. Unfortunately, he goes about things in a rather unprofessional manner and people invloved with Jana Bates begin to disappear. Written by Josh Pasnak <chainsaw@intouch.bc.ca>

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Babes are dying to be in his movie! See more »

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Comedy | Horror

Certificate:

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Details

Official Sites:

Troma

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

17 July 1985 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Fanatical Extreme See more »

Filming Locations:

Cannes, Alpes-Maritimes, France See more »

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Budget:

$2,000,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The track that plays at the opening of the fictional Stanley Kline film "Caller in the Night" that Vinny attends can also be heard in a film from the previous year, 1981's "Inseminoid". The song is called "Sandy's Metamorphosis". See more »

Goofs

A crew person can be glimpsed laying down on the ground throwing fake blood up at Brett while Vinny is slashing him with a chainsaw. See more »

Quotes

[last lines]
[after watching the rough cut of Vinny's movie in a screening room]
Vinny's Mother: Vinny, I'm real proud of you. You finally did make your movie with Jana Bates.
Vinny Durand: Thanks, Ma. But this'll be the first and last horror film I'll ever make. Let me tell you about my next movie. You got any more baked maccaroni?
Vinny's Mother: Nope.
Vinny Durand: Anyway, let me tell you about my next picture.
Vinny's Mother: Vinny...
Vinny Durand: It's a science fiction drama. I'm on a ship in outer space... just me and Jana.
Vinny's Mother: Vinny...
Vinny Durand: Lost in space, fighting off aliens and space ...
[...]
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Crazy Credits

End cast list is presented in order of appearance. See more »

Alternate Versions

The American 'Troma' DVD release is also missing the end of the "Night Caller" film clip. The shots of the old woman removing and eating the heart have been cut out. See more »


Soundtracks

Perfect Stranger
Written and performed by Jesse Frederick and Jeff Koz
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Worth a pound of anyone's money.
6 September 2005 | by LewisJForceSee all my reviews

I bought this on DVD from a Poundland for, hey! - a pound. It was re-titled as 'Fanatic'. Actually it was a double bill. Another schlock flick who's title I forget was on the flip side of the disc. So in effect, I got the Spinell picture for 50p. I'd say it was money well spent.

This was shot on the hoof at the 1981 Cannes film festival. Joe is a taxi driver who goes there to seek out his idol/wet dream Caroline Munro. Caroline appears with her then real life spouse Judd Hamilton. Husband and wife are both dubbed, and Caroline looks pretty much as she did when she was a hostess on '3-2-1' with Ted Rogers. The film bears little resemblance to the previous Spinell/Munro vehicle, 'Maniac'. That was grim, gory and reprehensible. This is light, silly and incomprehensible.

'The last horror film' seemed to receive an inordinate amount of coverage in the British film fantasy magazine 'Starburst' at the time. I can now see why: Spinell appears reading a copy of said periodical. Reciprocal publicity. There are also numerous references to other films, especially Scorsese's 'Taxi Driver' (which Joe appeared in). In fact, there is a vaguely interesting blurring of film reality and fantasy and 'real' reality and fantasy throughout. Generally, though, it's a mess. Scenes just seem to rear up out of nowhere. But if you're interested in such things, the footage of Cannes and the general nakedness of the female cast will provide fifty pence's worth of entertainment.

There's a nice story on the Spinell documentary included on the Anchor Bay 'Maniac' disc which pertains to the making of this film. The cast and crew were staying at a rather expensive Cannes hotel, and due to the penurious nature of the budget found themselves unable to foot the extravagant bill. Spinell, Winters, Munro and all concerned therefore decided to do a runner in the middle of the night and catch the nearest plane home. Pity they didn't film that little episode and stick it in here along with everything else.

Watch out for Joe's verbal sparring with his real life mother Filomena (aka Mary). Pretty funny.


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