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Screamplay (1985)

A detective investigating a series of murders discovers that they are similar to the slayings that occur in the new script of a Hollywood screenwriter.

Director:

Rufus Butler Seder

Writers:

Ed Greenberg (screenplay), Rufus Butler Seder (screenplay) (as Rufus B. Seder)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Rufus Butler Seder Rufus Butler Seder ... Edgar Allan (as Rufus B. Seder)
Eugene Seder Eugene Seder ... Al Weiner
Cheryl Hirshman Cheryl Hirshman ... Harriet Weiner
James McCann James McCann ... Sonny Weiner
Clif Sears Clif Sears ... Busdriver
Johanna Wagner Johanna Wagner ... Coffee Shop Waitress
Lonny McDougall Lonny McDougall ... Transvestite
George Kuchar ... Martin
Basil J. Bova Basil J. Bova ... Tony Cassano
George Cordeiro George Cordeiro ... Sgt. Joe Blatz
Ed Callahan Ed Callahan ... Keven Kleindorf
M. Lynda Robinson M. Lynda Robinson ... Nina Ray
Katy Bolger Katy Bolger ... Holly
Bob White ... Lot
James M. Connor ... Nicky Blair (as Jim Connor)
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Storyline

This is the story of aspiring sreenwriter Edgar Allen (Rufus Seder) as he arrives in Hollywood carrying his most valuable possessions: a suitcase and a typewriter. Edgar Allen's best attribute is his wild imagination. He imagines scenes so vividly for the murder mystery he is writing that they seem to come to life...and they do! As mysterious murders pile up, and Edgar Allen must confront old actresses, rock stars, and the police in the bleak setting of broken dreams in Hollywood. Written by Ørnås

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...writing a killer script can be grisly murder! See more »

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Comedy | Horror | Mystery

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Official Sites:

Troma

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

November 1985 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

Boston, Massachusetts, USA

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Mono
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Trivia

First and only projected ever made by Rufus Butler Seder. His multi-tasking functions includes direction, writing, editing, acting in the lead role, art-department, sound editor and special optical effects. See more »

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The 'dead' drag queen blinks twice. See more »

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[first lines]
Edgar Allan: [Thinks while typing at typewriter] Dear Mr. Weiner, Just a quick note to tell you that the killer is approaching me from behind and, by the time you read this I may very well be dead. It's all because of my screenplay! I'll try to explain as quickly as possible. It all started a short time ago when I first arrived here in... Hollywood.
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Cinema genius
24 March 2004 | by uroskinSee all my reviews

Rufus Seder belongs to that extremely select club of film directors who have only made one film ever and a masterpiece at that. (The other one in that club being Charles Laughton for "The Night of the Hunter"). Screamplay is one of my all-time favourite movies. George Kuchar is his usual sweaty, smarmy, sleazy screen ego, but not as outrageously so as in Curt McDowell's "Thundercrack". Rarely have I been entertained so much during a film screening - the film works really well on the big screen despite scratchy and fading grays in the footage. The story rocks and the projected backgrounds in many scenes are gorgeous. Even went to see it twice in a row!


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