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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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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Ultra Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

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 »

Goofs

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

Quotes

Kevin Silvers: Nobody does nipples like Bobo.
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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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Way better than it should be ..........
27 January 2011 | by merklekranzSee all my reviews

The involvement of Paul Bartel in "Out of the Dark" goes beyond his appearance, with an atrocious wig, as the manager of the seedy Royale Motel. As executive producer he has influenced Bartel-like dark humor throughout the film. The supporting cast alone is reason to seek this one out. You get "Lust in the Dust" alumni Lanie Kazan, Geoffrey Lewis, Tab Hunter, and "Divine". In addition, Tracey Walters, Karen Black, and Bud Cort are on board. This story of a clown masked killer murdering phone sex girls, is creatively photographed, and the performances are enthusiastic. Unfortunately, "Out of the Dark" was "Divine's": final film. ...................... - MERK


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