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Out of the Dark (1988)

Beautiful young women who work at the offices of a phone-sex company are being stalked by a psychotic killer.

Director:

Michael Schroeder

Writers:

J. Greg De Felice (screenplay), Zane W. Levitt (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Karen Lorre ... Jo Ann (as Karen Witter)
Lynn Danielson-Rosenthal Lynn Danielson-Rosenthal ... Kristi Larson (as Lynn Danielson)
Karen Black ... Ruth Wilson
Starr Andreeff ... Camille
Karen Mayo-Chandler Karen Mayo-Chandler ... Barbara
Angela Robinson Witherspoon ... Vanessa (as Angela Robinson)
Teresa Crespo Teresa Crespo ... Debbie
Shiner Shiner ... Asberry The Dog
Geoffrey Lewis ... Dennis
Cameron Dye ... Kevin Silvers
Zane W. Levitt ... Coroner
Tracey Walter ... Lt. Frank Meyers
Charles Champion Charles Champion ... Young Cop
J. Greg De Felice J. Greg De Felice ... Police Photographer
Silvana Gallardo Silvana Gallardo ... McDonald
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Storyline

Suite Nothings, is a sleazy L.A. phone *fantasy* hot-line...in other words a phone-sex service, voiced by failed models, in which callers get to divulge their fantasies over the phone. Among them is Bobo, an individual who's twisted sense of humor, is matched only by his warped mental state. Dressed in an eerily comical mask of all things a clown, he begins murderous vendetta against these hot-line workers. As a body-count in this city steadily increases, this so-called ringmaster in his own personnel circus of fear and fatal pain, who makes his victims walk a tightrope of sheer terror moments before he brutally ends their lives. Bobo is going to prove why no one should talk to strangers...especially when they are as strange and insane as he is. Written by suspicous

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The phone sex line was for fantasy... now it's for murder! See more »


Certificate:

R | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

5 May 1989 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Máscara da Morte See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA

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Budget:

$1,600,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Ultra Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Divine's last movie. See more »

Goofs

The car that runs down victim #2 appears to have three different license plates. See more »

Quotes

Kevin Silvers: You know what they do to killer clowns?... They send them to the funny farm.
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Alternate Versions

UK cinema and video versions were cut by 1 min 34 secs by the BBFC for an '18' certificate with heavy edits to the sexual telephone conversations and the murder scenes, plus the removal of shots of a bondage photograph and a carrot being placed in a dead woman's mouth. See more »

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References Mortuary Academy (1988) See more »

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More thriller than horror
25 February 2006 | by TikkinSee all my reviews

This was more of a thriller/mystery than a horror. Don't get me wrong, it does have its horror and slasher elements, but these come in more towards the end. There was a lot of unnecessary padding by the way of sex scenes which seemed to drag forever. The best parts are at the end when the killer is unmasked. And there's also the classic Haloween style ending which is quite cool. There are moments of tension when the woman is being stalked down a flight of stairs too.

Overall though this film is nothing special and I wouldn't say it lives up to how good it sounds (ie. phone sex workers being stalked by a killer in a clown mask). Watch it if you love clown type killers, but this is not essential viewing if you are a horror/slasher fan.


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