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Scared Stiff (1987)

R | | Horror | 23 October 1987 (USA)
Strange visions come to haunt a singer when she, her son, and her psychiatrist-turned-boyfriend move into an old colonial house that is haunted by the ghost of a ruthless slave owner.

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Richard Friedman

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Mark Frost (original screenplay), Daniel F. Bacaner (original screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Andrew Stevens ... David Young
Mary Page Keller ... Kate Christopher
David Ramsey David Ramsey ... George Masterson
Josh Segal Josh Segal ... Jason
Bill Hindman Bill Hindman ... Dr. Ben Brightman (as William M. Hindman)
Jackie Davis Jackie Davis ... Detective Whitcomb (as Jakie Davis)
Nicole Fortier ... Elizabeth Masterson
Brian Smith Brian Smith ... Director
Tony Shepherd Tony Shepherd ... Wally
Tom Kouchalakos Tom Kouchalakos ... Michael Murphy
Jennifer Hingel Jennifer Hingel ... Jennifer
Richard Jason Richard Jason ... Elizabeth's Son
Pete Conrad Pete Conrad ... Short Man
Carol Gun Carol Gun ... Sherry
Ellen Simmons Ellen Simmons ... Claire
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Strange visions come to haunt a singer when she, her son, and her psychiatrist-turned-boyfriend move into an old colonial house that is haunted by the ghost of a ruthless slave owner.

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There's no place left to hide.

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Horror

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R | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

23 October 1987 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Abraxas See more »

Filming Locations:

Miami, Florida, USA

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Budget:

$1,300,000 (estimated)
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Manson International See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Mary Page Keller was not a "star" yet when this film was made. Andrew Stevens was the "bigger name" actor at the time. See more »

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The workman's eyes clearly move after he is dead. See more »

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Referenced in Robot Ninja (1989) See more »

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You won't be.
20 March 2019 | by BA_HarrisonSee all my reviews

'80s supernatural horror Scared Stiff is, for the most part, a rather dull affair, but it is lifted somewhat by a final twenty minutes that completely throw logic and sanity out of the window. The lunacy is hinted at in an earlier scene where a young lad's toy cars come to life, engines roaring and wheels spinning, but it's not until the closing act that director Richard Friedman goes all out with the madness, chucking in time travel, a snarling monster, an exploding police car (it's amazing how easy the vehicle blows up), a mouldy corpse smashing through a window (having hung outside for several days unnoticed), a giant floating lampshade in the shape of an Indian, and Ivory Coast natives hurling spears through time and space.

The plot goes something like this: having recovered from a mental breakdown, pop star Kate moves into a new home with her boyfriend (and doctor) David Young (Andrew Stevens), and her seven year old son Jason (Josh Segal), unaware that the place is haunted by the malevolent ghost of a slave merchant. This hokey old set-up is rife with clichés, Friedman's attempts at atmosphere and foreboding fall horribly flat, his cast give uniformly bad performances, and certain scenes are horribly dated (such as the moment when Jason's computer projects a holographic 3D image or when David explains what diskettes are for). If you can, try and stay the distance for the mind-numbingly bonkers ending, which is just about worth the wait, but I wouldn't blame you if you gave up and found something better to do with your time.

2/10, plus a couple more points for the nutty stuff.


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