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Nightmare on the 13th Floor (1990)

A reporter investigates the disappearances of guests at a hotel which she is writing a report about. Along the way, she will find an unmarked 13th floor where a murderer is on the loose.

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Walter Grauman
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Michele Greene ... Elaine Kalisher
John Karlen ... Sgt Madden
Louise Fletcher ... Letti Gordon
Alan Fudge ... Mr. Rogas
James Brolin ... Dr. Alan Lanier
Terri Treas ... Judith
Alan Haufrect Alan Haufrect ... Hotel Clerk
Juliana Donald ... Hotel Waitress (as Juli Donald)
Kerry Noonan Kerry Noonan ... Gail Myers
Steve Eastin ... Hotel Doorman
Norma MacMillan Norma MacMillan ... Mrs. Beecher
Jeffrey Marcus ... Hotel Porter (as Jeff Marcus)
Harvey Vernon ... Thomas Bergen
Molly Morgan ... Wendy
Michael Melvin Michael Melvin ... Peddler
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Storyline

Elaine Kalisher is a journalist who is writing an article on the Wessex Hotel. The staff say that the hotel doesn't have a 13th floor. Suddenly people dissapear and a Satanic group starts to send people up to the 13th floor where there is a maniac killer. Written by Dennis Svedberg

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PG-13 | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

31 October 1990 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Pesadilla en el piso 13 See more »

Filming Locations:

Fort Lauderdale, Florida, USA See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

When Judith is working at the reception desk of the skyscraper hotel in Seattle, Washington, a man named "J. J. McMahon" requires her attention for a reservation. John J. McMahon, aka "J. J. McMahon," is the CEO of Wilshire Court Productions, the filming company that created this film. See more »

Goofs

The Wessex Hotel throughout the movie is revealed to have sixteen floors, with a decorative freeze covering the sealed off 13th floor. However in the initial shot of the outside of the hotel at the first of the movie, only two floors can be seen above the freeze covering the 13th floor, when there should have been three, the 14th, 15th, and 16th. See more »

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References Rosemary's Baby (1968) See more »

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Round of applause for the man who designed the video case
2 January 2004 | by Gubby-AllenSee all my reviews

Which had a photo of the killer wielding the axe, despite the viewer not actually finding this out until the end of the film. While I admit it didn't take Einstien to figure it out, try an avoid the cover if you want a little suspense.

For the first 60 of the 80 minutes I thought I was watching a different film to most others on here. I thought it was pretty good, moved at a great pace & kept the viewers (who avoided looking at the case) in suspense for several reasons. The film was let down by some farsical end scenes but I still think an average rating of 4 is terribly harsh.

Granted the whole scene with the Policeman on floor 13 was terrible & most of the chase afterwards, with the entire hotel staff seemingly unable to have mastered the art of putting one foot in front of the other quickly, ie running. Only Elaine ever thought to run.

Yes where were the other hotel guests? Why didn't the Police bring any back up? What were the benefits for the other hotel staff to be involved in it? Why was the tramp killed? And other loose ends weren't tied up.

As I said, somewhere in amongst the mess is a making for a cracking little chilling film. With a good director, slightly better acting, a touching up of the first 60 minutes of the plot & an overhaul of the last 20, a removal of the many now cliches, one or two hotel staff not being in on the act & possibly a different reason for the killings this really could work well. Given the amount of crap that is remade / rewritten nowadays, someone could do a lot worse than take this potential big hit & re do it properly.

A low 7/10.


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