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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.


Michael Schroeder


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




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 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


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 »


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Did You Know?


When Stringer visits the hot dog stand, the theater marquee in the background advertises Mortuary Academy. This film was also directed by Michael Schroeder, released a year earlier. See more »


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


Lt. Frank Meyers: Look at that guy... he probably gets more ass than a toilet seat
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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 »


References Mortuary Academy (1988) See more »

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killer clown, phone sex workers; late 80s late-night sleaze cheese fare, and not very memorable
15 April 2005 | by FieCrierSee all my reviews

Someone calling himself Bobo makes short creepy calls to a "phone fantasy" line. One of the women working there walks home alone through a park, and encounters a man wearing a slightly over-sized clown head mask. She doesn't make the connection to the called named Bobo, for some reason. They play mimed baseball together, and then he kills her with the baseball bat saying "you're out!"

A wisecracking killer clown is stalking the women of the phone sex line. How original (sarcasm).

Police suspicion falls on Kevin - the boyfriend of one of the phone sex workers. He is also in charge of photographing the other women, and he had worked for the estranged husband of the operator of the phone sex company. There are a number of other suspects for the audience, including ones played by character actors Bud Cort and Geoffrey Lewis (the estranged husband) but he's really the only one the police pursue. There are a lot of other character actors in the movie like a detective played by Tracey Walter, and a gratuitous Tab Hunter cameo.

More of the women from the company are killed. There's some gratuitous nudity, though relatively little overall. One scene is a slow-motion photoshoot with a smoke machine and colored lights, set to instrumental music, like a bad 80s music video. Lame. Some of the murders are not particularly graphic, though there are some scenes featuring some blood.

There are some rather stupid scenes, like the fact the characters twice enter Bud Cort's office just after he has left, twice bump the lights, and twice the blinking lights are noticed by Cort. At another point, a character has an alibi for a murder (though it is one he'd used before), but inexplicably rushes away blowing the alibi, only to be caught shortly thereafter. You'd expect for a character to have a good motivation to blow an alibi, but this one doesn't.

Actor Divine shows up towards the end as a male (!) police detective who'd been mentioned a few times throughout the film. The film itself is dedicated to his memory.

The ending of the movie is practically stolen right out of John Carpenter's Halloween (1978), though I think it's safe to say at this point there won't be a sequel for Out of the Dark. If anything, a prequel, not a sequel, was hinted at by brief mentions of murders the clown committed while working for the circus prior to the events of this movie.

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Release Date:

5 May 1989 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Máscara da Morte See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA


Box Office


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

Ultra Stereo



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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