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Destroyer (1988)

A prison riot breaks out at the moment of a serial murderer's execution by electrocution, and his fate becomes indeterminate when the prison is shut down. 18 months later, a team of ... See full summary »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Deborah Foreman ... Susan Malone
Clayton Rohner ... David Harris
Lyle Alzado ... Ivan Moser
Anthony Perkins ... Robert Edwards
Tobias Anderson Tobias Anderson ... Russell (as Tobias Andersen)
Lannie Garrett Lannie Garrett ... Sharon Fox
Jim Turner ... Rewire
Pat Mahoney Pat Mahoney ... Warden Karsh
David Kristin David Kristin ... Fingers
Vanessa Townsell Vanessa Townsell ... Bea
Stanley Kirk Stanley Kirk ... The Cabbie
Bernie Welch Bernie Welch ... Officer Callahan
Robert Himber Robert Himber ... Len
Eric Meyer Eric Meyer ... Foley
Kurt Hubler Kurt Hubler ... Tommy
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A prison riot breaks out at the moment of a serial murderer's execution by electrocution, and his fate becomes indeterminate when the prison is shut down. 18 months later, a team of filmmakers converge on the prison to film a women-in-prison exploitation flick, but find that a certain somebody is disrupting their shooting schedule... Written by Brian J. Wright <tyrannorabbit@hotmail.com>

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The electric chair! To an ordinary man it's the end! But when serial killer Ivan Moser sat down... he was just getting warmed up. See more »

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Horror | Thriller

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R | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

April 1988 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Shadow of Death See more »

Filming Locations:

Brighton, Colorado, USA See more »

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Sound Mix:

Ultra Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Trivia

'Anthony Perkins' replaced Roddy McDowall on short notice. See more »

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Rewire: Maybe he's like the guy in the Halloweens! He keeps getting killed! So he doesn't know if he's dead or just dreaming!
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Never Say You'll Never Fall in Love
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3,000 volts needed to keep me awake during this movie!
11 December 2004 | by FieCrierSee all my reviews

I thought this movie might be like Shocker or some of the other "electrocuted serial killer comes back to life more dangerous than ever" kind of horror movies, but that's not quite what it was. The "Destroyer", though I don't believe he was ever called that, is electrocuted, and he does seem to come back to life, but since the opening scenes aren't necessarily accurate, what really happened isn't ever clear.

What is definite is that sometime after his execution or attempted execution, a film crew directed by Anthony Perkins' character is shooting a women-in-prison type film. Unfortunately for him, there's a killer or killers on the loose. The killer is not a big jackhammer fan as the cover suggests. One is used, though it has a much smaller tip and no scope on it. At least one person is killed with a welding torch of some kind, and there are other sorts of deaths, none particularly memorable or graphic.

The movie starts off OK, but it rapidly become boring to me. The special effects guy "Rewire" sounds like the 1980s MTV character "Randee of the Redwoods" and as it turns out, it was him. There's several scenes where characters go into the basement of the prison, and inexplicably it is full of flashing yellow roadblock lights. The explanation is that the prisoners used to make them - OK, why weren't they removed from the prison after it closed and sold? Why are they all on? Just to make the scene more colorful?

Perkins has a few marginally funny lines, and he does a good job in his small part.

I can't recommend this movie at all.


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