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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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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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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: [strangling someone] Don't call me, I'll call you.
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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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Silly, routine slasher, but still fairly watchable.
4 November 2005 | by lost-in-limboSee all my reviews

A telephone sex service named "Suite Nothings" is being tormented by an insane killer, who knocks off the beautiful woman on the other end of the phone one by one, in many brutal ways. So now, one of the women and their boyfriend who is a prime suspect of these sex-related crimes by the police try to work who is this killer that hides behind a clown's mask with their twisted sense of humour. This leads them too so many unexpected clues and suspicious suspects, which just keep on popping up.

Well, this is my second viewing of this film and it hasn't improved on my first one bit, but its mildly amusing despite we've seen it all before. What we got here is a reasonably sub-standard slasher with A LOT of sleaze, sex and added nastiness, with some very twisted humour along the way too. Although some things actually don't work, and you'll be snickering at how ridiculous certain set-ups are and how outrageous the violence is. Even the oh so many coincidences and why would you do that scenarios that crop up doesn't help either. Its main problem was that it took itself FAR to seriously in spots, making it funny in parts that it shouldn't have been. But then again, this is what really keeps you watching this particular film. I'm hoping its trying to be a parody on the sub-genre. Hold on, I almost forgot… a cheesy, but sometimes-erotic soundtrack helps you get into the 80's spirit!

The actual plot has so many twists, turns and plenty of red herrings, with certain sub-plots being left up in the air and characters disappearing from on screen. Such as one of b-grades finest Karen Black, one of the film's strong points… her character just vanishes after the halfway point. This is why certain things you pick up don't make too much sense and why at times it tries to be a moving drama, then comedy and a sudden u-turn into horror. Please make your mind up! It just seems there was too much going on at times, which gave it a padded feel. When it finally comes to the outlandish climax the killer's identity is a real let down in my opinion. Overall, the killer was just too goofy and cracked too many lame one-liners.

Fine performances from an exceptional b-cast (Cameron Dye, Bud Cort, Tracy Walter, Geoffery Lewis, Starr Andreeff, Paul Bartel, Tab Hunter). There was your occasional flat or eccentric performance and the cross dresser Divine makes a small cameo as a police detective. It's just that most of the characters were unlikeable and the dialogue that came from their mouths was shallow trite. The actual production wasn't too shabby and there were some well setup sequences. But where's was the suspense? Actually, what am I going on about? Oh right, it's a cheesy 80s slasher film.

Overall, there's some fun to be had with it providing enough nudity and cheap violence, which you expect from this type of film.


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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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Ultra Stereo

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1.85 : 1
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