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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 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
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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:

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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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Box Office

Budget:

$1,600,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$419,428
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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: [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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References Mortuary Academy (1988) See more »

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This is your friendly Dr.Bobo's review
18 April 2003 | by the_asylum666See all my reviews

I love killer clown movies. I love mysteries. A murder mystery about a killer clown....HELL YEAH! To be honest. I liked this film. I really enjoyed it. The movie had a lot going for it. Some well known faces, a downright scary killer, some great visuals. A good amount of humour and overall a fun time was had.

Acting:

Cameron Dye: was very good as the protagonists boyfriend, He gave an enjoyable performance and I liked him onscreen.

Lynn Danielson: I don't know really. There were moments when her dialogue felt embarrasingly forced and OTT.

Karen Black: Black doesn't really need to do much here but what she does is certainly not bad.

Tracey Walter: The guy came across hilarious as the smart alec main cop of the film. His sarcasm was a hoot.

As for the film being scary or gory the version I saw was certainly not gory apart from one scene but as far as scary goes it depends on how scared of clowns you are. The site of a clown driving slowly after you at night time may freak you out if you suffer from coulrophobia

The mystery of who was behind the clown mask was good. Though I have read reviews which claim the identity of the killer is very obvious I don't know. If I hadnt had the film spoiled for me before I saw it I am not sure if I would have correctly guessed the culprit. Bobo was cool. He had a creepy deep voice and I LOVED his clown mask! (wish I had one like that) it was just very unnerving. The copy I own is obviously heavily cut because there is only one sex scene. (Very steamy I must add)

Be warned! In no way is this film original. In fact it is very cliched and follows some obvious nods to other films (Black Christmas, Halloween.

The film does what it is supposed to. Entertains you for the time its on.


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