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The Alchemist (1983)

R | | Horror | March 1986 (USA)
A man seeks revenge on an evil magician who placed a curse on him.

Director:

Charles Band (as James Amante)

Writer:

Alan J. Adler (screenplay)
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Cast overview:
Robert Ginty ... Aaron McCallum
Lucinda Dooling Lucinda Dooling ... Lenora Sinclair (as Lucinda Dooline)
John Sanderford John Sanderford ... Cameron
Viola Kates Stimpson Viola Kates Stimpson ... Esther (as Viola Kate Stimpson)
Robert Glaudini ... DelGatto
Tony Abatemarco ... Demon
Billy Scudder Billy Scudder ... Demon
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A man seeks revenge on an evil magician who placed a curse on him.

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Horror

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Producer Charles Band didn't originally intend to direct the movie, but was forced to step into the director's chair regardless when the original director was fired after shooting 2 to 3 days of footage. See more »

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Huh? What the hell is going on here?
12 October 2009 | by udar55See all my reviews

In 1955, young waitress Lenora (Lucinda Dooling) finds herself inexplicably driving down the California highway to an unknown destination. This doesn't bode well for Cam (John Sanderford), the hitchhiker she just picked up, because he has to endure her somnambulist driving. The duo eventually end up at a graveside in the woods and meet Aaron (Robert Ginty), who is just as shocked to see them as Lenora appears to be the reincarnation of his wife who was murdered nearly 100 years earlier (and Aaron is still in his 30s). It takes quite a film to make me constantly scratch my head and say, "Wait? What the hell is going on here?" This Charles Band feature definitely gave my brain a workout with its bizarre storyline about reincarnation, demons and dimensional portals. The story itself is pretty innocuous and could be for kids, so it is surprising that Band throws in some very gory bits. Dooling is quite attractive as the lead and it is a shame she didn't go on to do more. The late Ginty is fine as usual. I do wonder if Band was slightly influenced by Richard Blackburn's LEMORA as this tends to ape the film's style and setting. Hell, even the leads have a similar name. As always, Richard Band supplies a fine score, one befitting a better movie perhaps.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

March 1986 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

O Alquimista See more »

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Mono

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Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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