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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.


Rufus Butler Seder


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




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)


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 »


Comedy | Horror | Mystery



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This is the 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 »


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


[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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Tribute to the surreal theater style of early German expressionist films
19 March 2001 | by CatTalesSee all my reviews

Sort of a "Sunset Boulevard" plot meets "Cabinet and Dr. Caligari". It works best with the stiff silent-film or expressionist acting, and the reusing of old-time "special effects" (such as scratches on the film to represent rain, or peculiar use of rear-screen projection to suggest depth). Gets a little slow in the middle but it's worth it to the hear the LAST LINE for the worlds worst/best pun, which sort of suggests the whole film was designed just for that. We gave it a standing ovation at the Brattle in Harvard square (the filmmaker lived in Brookline). This film was released on video by TROMA in 1999, but thank god is not like a Troma film.

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November 1985 (USA) See more »

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Boston, Massachusetts, USA

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