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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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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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Ultra Stereo

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1.78 : 1
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'Anthony Perkins' replaced Roddy McDowall on short notice. See more »

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Susan Malone: Where is everybody?
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Kiss My Stinky White Ass
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Fairly boring hybrid of other genre "classics"
5 October 2014 | by SandcoolerSee all my reviews

For some reason every slasher from the late 80s has to have a quirky, wise-cracking killer, even though a mindless killing machine is usually a whole lot scarier. Our Freddie Krueger rip-off du jour (played by steroid-enhanced NFL star Lyle Alzado) ends every sentence with "bitch", laughs maniacally at his own non-jokes ("I just want to talk you...hahahahaha", did he forget the punchline?) and worst of all is on screen far too long. That whole trope with the villain trying to be funny works when there's actually some decent writing involved and the finale doesn't last forever ("Scream" would be an obvious example of doing it right). In this one the killer plays cat and mouse with the final girl for almost half an hour, the pacing of this movie is very weird. You have a very slow build-up, a somehow even slower third act, and somewhere in between everybody dies (mostly off-screen at that) in a span of ten minutes or so. There's one scene though that almost redeems the film, not too surprisingly it's the one scene that has an on-screen kill. It's the only scene that really warrants the coveted so bad it's good label, and I was hoping to see more of that. Unfortunately, the rest is just stale and generic.


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