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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

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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In 1 hour 25 minutes,35 people will lose their lives in one of America's incredible tragedies See more »

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Thriller | Horror

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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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not terribly good, but one of writer/producer Yordan's better ones
20 November 2004 | by FieCrierSee all my reviews

Miles better than some of the other movies of the 1980s and 1990s Philip Yordan was responsible for, but still pretty shoddy and odd.

It starts off with a text scroll and voice-over explaining how the world isn't safe anymore, and how a bunch of people came to be killed in a coffee shop. We then see the bodies in the coffee shop. We then see the events leading up to that massacre.

Harry is a strange man working in a garage. It's unclear if he is retarded or what exactly, since his behavior from scene to scene isn't entirely consistent. He's taken a car engine apart neatly and completely, but he can't figure out how to put even two pieces back together again (evidently he's usually very good at it). He's fired and his brother is called to come help him. Harry later walks into a church, singing along as he walks down the center aisle, naked. He's hospitalized where he proves to be very hostile with the Doctor there, but is released for lack of space and funding.

Harry's older brother sets him up in an abandoned hotel he owns that still has electricity and plumbing. How much of what follows is real is unclear, since Harry seems to have very vivid hallucinations. Some punks who've snuck into the hotel give him trouble. Harry imagines he sees a bellhop and some of the former tenants of the hotel (shades of The Shining). He talks to his teddy bear, and hears it talking back to him (I was reminded of the boy in 1981's The Pit). He evidently has an ex-wife as well (she's in several scenes), or maybe she isn't real, I'm really not sure. He receives outpatient treatment from the Doctor who discharged him. He has some fantasies about he he can't separate from reality.


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