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Darkroom (1989)

Looking for revenge for past incenstous experiences, a slasher invades a lonely farmhouse.

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Terrence O'Hara, Nico Mastorakis (uncredited)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Aarin Teich Aarin Teich ... Perry
Jill Pierce Jill Pierce ... Janet
Jeff Arbaugh ... Steve (as Jeffrey Alan Arbaugh)
Sara Lee Wade Sara Lee Wade ... Cindy
Allen Lieberman Allen Lieberman ... Mark
Stella Kastner Stella Kastner ... Nora
John O'Connor John O'Connor ... Hodge
Jo Samon Jo Samon ... Denton
Timothy Hicks Timothy Hicks ... George
Shannon Absher Shannon Absher ... Alice (as Shannon B. Absher)
Michael Halpin Michael Halpin ... Norm
Abigail Lenz Abigail Lenz ... Paula
Robyn Truxal Robyn Truxal ... Woman
Billy Pollina Billy Pollina ... Man
Eric Foster Eric Foster ... Young Perry
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Looking for revenge for past incenstous experiences, a slasher invades a lonely farmhouse.

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He kills at the blink of an eye. See more »

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Drama | Horror | Thriller

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 February 1990 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Câmara Escura See more »

Filming Locations:

Valencia, California, USA

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Omega Entertainment See more »
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Ultra Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Nico Mastorakis directed the film's opening title sequence. See more »

Goofs

When Alice is killed, she ends up face down on the kitchen floor with a rapidly growing pool of blood underneath her. Only a few moments later, her husband returns and not only is the body already removed but the floor is spotless. Impossible in the short amount of time that had elapsed. See more »

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Smile damned! I want to photograph your corpse!!
13 August 2011 | by CoventrySee all my reviews

I picked up an old and dusty VHS copy of "Darkroom" at a nearby video store that was shutting down, and I actually even hesitated to spend 0,50€ on it. The synopsis and the cover image on the box – same one as illustrated here on the website – made it look like yet another cheap late 80's erotic thriller with a plot like there are thirteen in a dozen and a handful of tame & tedious soft-core sex sequences. I bought the VHS after all and can't say I regret it very much. Of course it is a predictable and largely inept attempt at making a slasher movie, but hey, at least it contains a few interesting elements and it didn't bore me to death. The plot is relatively simple and straightforward. Janet (an amazingly hot 80's babe) and her boyfriend Steve (a imbecilic mullet-guy who desperately wants to look like Patrick Swayze in "Dirty Dancing") are home at the isolated family farm to spend a weekend together. The farm homes Janet's mother, her two sisters, her grandfather and two cousins. Janet's father as well as her aunt and uncle mysteriously died in a fire several years ago. The only neighbors that live close to the family has been butchered by a maniac during the opening sequences of the film and now Janet's youngest sister Paula is missing. When they discover her mutilated body, they know there's a maniac killer amongst them. The climax of the film and the identity of the killer are perhaps too easy to predict, but "Darkroom" compensates the lack of originality through openly hinting at some clichéd taboo- subjects like incest, family feud and voyeurism. As the title suggests, the killer photographs all of his/her victims before, during and after the process of murdering them. The body count is also quite a lot higher than in other contemporary slasher flicks. And, even though most of the actual killing occurs off-screen, the murders and especially the way they are committed are barbaric and deeply unpleasant. Nice bit of trivia for horror fanatics: "Darkroom" was produced by the Greek writer/director Niko Mastorakis; infamous for the insane and widely banned "Island of Death".


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