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Playroom (1990)

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An archaeologist is haunted by a nightmare in which his family is murdered.

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Manny Coto

Writers:

Keaton Jones (screenplay), Jackie Earle Haley (story)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Lisa Aliff ... Jenny
Aron Eisenberg ... Daniel
Christopher McDonald ... Chris
James Purcell James Purcell ... Paul
Jamie Rose ... Marcy
Vincent Schiavelli ... Roman Hart
Kimberly Beck ... Secretary
Maja Sabljic Maja Sabljic ... Dr. Petrovic (as Maja)
Petar Bozovic Petar Bozovic ... Jelko
Sinisa Copic Sinisa Copic ... Orderly #1
Dragana Marjanovic Dragana Marjanovic ... Kaley
Ann Pesic Ann Pesic ... Chris' Mother
Mihailo Pesic Mihailo Pesic ... Little Chris
Slavoljub Plavsic-Zvonce Slavoljub Plavsic-Zvonce ... Guard
Dragomir Stanojevic Dragomir Stanojevic ... Orderly #2
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An archaeologist is haunted by a nightmare in which his family is murdered.

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Where the terror is child's play. See more »

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Horror | Thriller

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

6 September 1990 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Schizo See more »

Filming Locations:

Belgrade, Serbia

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Smart Egg Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Ultra Stereo

Color:

Color
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Trivia

Filmed in April, May, and June of 1989, but not released until going straight-to-video on 20 September 1990. See more »

Quotes

Roman Hart: I've always wondered - can you sever somebody's neck with three shots?
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Alternate Versions

The Dutch Excalibur VHS release of the film features an alternate ending of the film, with Jenny now committed into a mental institution, suspected of the deaths of Chris, Paul, Marcy, Roman and Jelko. This ending is omitted from the U.S. Republic Pictures VHS and the Canadian Alliance/MCA VHS. See more »

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References The Geraldo Rivera Show (1987) See more »

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Good looking movie with (mostly) annoying performances
31 May 2000 | by mjshannonSee all my reviews

I was surprised to see that the other user reviews for this were so completely positive. I will say that the look of the film was great, the direction well observed and the sets and locations effective. The problems with this film, however, are mainly in the characters--none of them are really likeable(the main characters girlfriend, played by Lisa Aliff is alright) with the annoying award going to the lead actor(Christopher McDonald) who is too over the top for you to have ANY sympathy for him. The main character's "playmate" that appears to him at the old monastery is another annoying character you'd just like to slap. The playmates "real" self is just as bad coming across as a cheap Yoda clone that spouts incredibly lame wisecracks that quickly grows stale. Vincent Schiavelli(who played the weird biology teacher in Fast Times At Ridgemont High), who has ties to the past at the monastery, is somewhat amusing in his whacked out role but when all is said and done this could have been a better movie. Maybe if the characters were a little more likeable or sympathetic the other shortcomings would have been overshadowed but as it stands it's mainly worth checking out for the overall look of the monastery, as well as location shots and a couple of imaginative kills. OK, but not all that special.


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