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Bloody Wednesday (1987)

Not Rated | | Thriller , Horror | October 1987 (USA)
Harry is unable to hold a job due to his mental illness and lives in an abandoned Hollywood hotel haunted by friendly ghosts of the long dead staff. The lines of his mental illness and reality become extremely blurred as some of his strangest events are indeed witnessed by others. As Harry becomes more frustrated by not being able to distinguish fact from delusion he turns to violence.

Director:

Mark G. Gilhuis

Writers:

Philip Yordan (story), Philip Yordan (screenplay)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Raymond Elmendorf Raymond Elmendorf ... Harry
Pamela Baker Pamela Baker ... Dr. Johnson
Navarre Perry Navarre Perry ... Ben Curtis
Teresa Mae Allen Teresa Mae Allen ... Elaine Curtis
Jeff O'Haco Jeff O'Haco ... Animal
Linda Dona ... Pretty Lady
Herb Kronsberg Herb Kronsberg ... Walter Burns
Murray Cruchley Murray Cruchley ... Lou Cramer (as Lee Murray)
John Landtroop John Landtroop ... Bellman
Richard Curtis Richard Curtis ... Pastor
Dale E. Turner ... Jake (as Dale Turner)
Jim Wilkerson Jim Wilkerson ... Mr. Grady
Larry Roberts Larry Roberts ... F.B.I.
Kevin Hulbert Kevin Hulbert ... F.B.I.
Victor Ochoa Victor Ochoa ... Vandal
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Harry is unable to hold a job due to his mental illness and lives in an abandoned Hollywood hotel haunted by friendly ghosts of the long dead staff. The lines of his mental illness and reality become extremely blurred as some of his strangest events are indeed witnessed by others. As Harry becomes more frustrated by not being able to distinguish fact from delusion he turns to violence. Written by Dollanganger

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

October 1987 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Great American Massacre See more »

Filming Locations:

San Diego, California, USA

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Based on the real life San Ysidro McDonald's Massaccre, on July 18, 1984. See more »

Alternate Versions

The 1986 UK video version was cut by 3 minutes 52 secs by the BBFC to edit scenes of violent machine gunning during the climax, all footage of metal pipes and instructional dialogue on how to avoid convictions when using them, and a shot of male urination during a Russian Roulette scene. The 2005 DVD featured the same cut print. See more »

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The Trouble with Harry
14 April 2008 | by wes-connorsSee all my reviews

Your average neighborhood coffee shop is the scene of a massacre; then, the story shifts to one Raymond Elmendorf (as Harry Curtis). Mr. Elmendorf is employed as an automobile mechanic; but, he can't "make things fit anymore." Unable to repair a car, the newly unemployed Elmendorf attends a church service in the buff. Society doesn't appreciate his public exhibition, and Elmendorf is locked up. He begins to see sexy psychiatrist Pamela Baker (as Dr. Johnson)…

The best scenes occur after Elmendorf is released as an outpatient, and moves into an eerily photographed apartment building (with his madness). He is terrified by monsters from the Id, and punks from the street. Gilhuis/Ryan do some psycho creepy stuff. Jeff O'Haco (as Animal) has a nice pool hall scene. Wife Teresa Mae Allen (as Elaine) has a sexy scene (which turns ugly, of course).

If "Bloody Wednesday" was supposed to show how this man could massacre people in a coffee shop, it misfires.


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