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Lisa (1989)

A flirtatious teenager with an eye for older men gets more than she bargained for when the handsome stranger she's pursuing turns out to be a serial killer.


Gary Sherman
2 nominations. See more awards »




Cast overview, first billed only:
Staci Keanan ... Lisa
Cheryl Ladd ... Katherine
D.W. Moffett ... Richard
Tanya Fenmore Tanya Fenmore ... Wendy
Jeffrey Tambor ... Mr. Marks
Edan Gross ... Ralph
Julie Cobb ... Mrs. Marks
Michael Ayr ... Scott
Lisa Moncure Lisa Moncure ... Sarah
Tom Dugan ... Mr. Adams
Frankie Thorn ... Judy
John Hawker John Hawker ... Mr. Howard
Drew Pillsbury ... Don
Elizabeth Gracen ... Mary
Dennis Bowen Dennis Bowen ... Alison's Boyfriend


14-year-old Lisa is raised by her unmarried mother Katherine who overprotects her by forbidding her to date until she's 16. In despair, Lisa and schoolmate Wendy make up a game that consists of inferring attractive men's phone numbers from their car ID and calling them anonymously. Lisa begins a passionate phone relationship with the last man, the handsome Richard...unaware that he is a sex maniac and a psycho killer.. Written by Anonymous

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


Lisa is only flirting... But flirting with Richard is flirting with death. See more »


Drama | Horror | Thriller


PG-13 | See all certifications »

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Did You Know?


Richard is loosely based on Richard Ramirez, the notorious"Night Stalker" who killed fourteen people in the Los Angeles and San Francisco areas between April 1984 and August 1985. Victims reported he smelt of "Leather" and had scary eyes. See more »


Katherine's business is called "Designs by Katherine" as stated by her, her employees, and on the back door of her store, but when Richard looks at the credit card imprint, it is written as "Flowers by Katherine." See more »

Alternate Versions

Lifetime television version omits a couple of scenes for time and content including:
  • Lisa and her mother discussing the popularity of the restaurant before they are seated.
  • An emotional conversation between Lisa and Wendy's family in which the subject of Lisa's grandparents is brought up.
  • The struggle with Richard is shortened. Shots of him pulling the knife from his chest are cut. Also omitted is a frame of his battered corpse laying on the pavement after he falls from the window.
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References Batman (1966) See more »


Someday Baby
Written by Lightnin Hopkins (as Sam Hopkins)
Performed by Lightnin Hopkins (as Sam 'Lightning' Hopkins)
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User Reviews

great movie.loaded with suspense and authentic performances
4 December 2007 | by disdressed12See all my reviews

i was pleasantly surprised by this movie.i thought it was terrific.it's got loads of suspense and tension.i also liked the atmosphere over the movie overall.it's well acted.i found the interaction between the mother and her teenage daughter to be very authentic.the movie is not boring at all.in fact,it movies along at a very nice clip.there is one great ironic scene,which i thought was brilliant.it may not have been original,but it works in this case,regardless.the general premise isn't wholly original,but i like what they did with the material.to me,this movie is quite above average for the suspense/thriller genre.i caught this movie on cable,so it didn't cost me anything(other than my monthly cable bill,of course).i think it's well worth the two hours or so spent watching.for me,Lisa,AKA The Candle Light Killer is an 8/10

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Release Date:

20 October 1989 (Argentina) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA


Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$1,119,895, 22 April 1990

Gross USA:


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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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