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Illegal Entry: Formula for Fear (1993)

R | Thriller
A masked killer has murdered a young girl's parents and is now stalking her. It seems that her father had developed a secret formula that would end world hunger. The killer--or whoever sent him--wants it and believes that she has it.

Director:

Henri Charr

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Henri Charr (story), Jess Mancilla (story) | 1 more credit »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Sabryn Genet Sabryn Genet ... Tracie Gambit (as Sabryn Gene't)
Gregory Vignolle Gregory Vignolle ... Adam Wright
Barbara Niven ... Pamela Raby (as Barbara Lee Alexander)
Carol Hoyt ... Catherine Reese
Arthur Roberts ... C.A. Wright
David Millbern ... Steve Grider
Leigh Stevens Leigh Stevens ... Helen Gambit
Robert Arentz Robert Arentz ... Elvin Gambit
Mia Leigh Mia Leigh ... Aunt Beth
Dan Koko Dan Koko ... Rick 'The Killer'
Paul Brewster Paul Brewster ... Insp. Malden
Ron Althoff Ron Althoff ... Det. Jim
Josh Levine Josh Levine ... Det. Bo
Rita Stephens Rita Stephens ... Officer Todd
Todd Minnetonka Todd Minnetonka ... Third Detective
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A masked killer has murdered a young girl's parents and is now stalking her. It seems that her father had developed a secret formula that would end world hunger. The killer--or whoever sent him--wants it and believes that she has it.

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Thriller

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Also Known As:

A félelem formulája See more »

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Prototype Productions See more »
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Color
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Barbara Niven (Barbara Lee Alexander at the time) was seen in another Henri Char's movies "Under Lock and Key" (1995). See more »

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Adam Wright: I wish he was dead - I wish they *all* were dead
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An Undistinguished Thick Ear, Lacking Style, Will Please Very Few.
31 October 2009 | by rsoonsaSee all my reviews

The defunct production/distribution company, PM Home Video, accountable for generally some of the least captivating feature film releases of the late 20th century, is the firm behind this routine adventure romance that offers only occasional splodges of watchable footage during a scenario that teems with PM's standard menu of bare (store-bought) breasts, and jejune violence, its storyline earmarked by continuity-free scenes that fail to provide sufficient information to viewers who might prefer that there be some rationale behind the plot's events. A "scientist" (of an unstated sort), Elvin Gambit, has developed the film's titular formula, a prescription for some system or product that will "end world hunger". A described prototype for this miraculous procedure or item has somehow been transferred onto a videotape, to capture which a stealthy assassin kills the scientist, along with his wife, the couple slaughtered in their bed while fervently engaged in an act of coupling (more exposed boobs). The sought-after tape then falls into the hands of Tracie Gambit (Sabryn Gene't), teenage daughter of the slain Gambits, and before long she, accompanied by her boyfriend Adam (Gregory Vignolle) are frantically attempting to avoid the mentioned killer, an unconvincing gunman, to be sure, as he seems to be incapable of shooting anyone unless at point blank range. Directed in humdrum fashion by Henri Charr, who holds a distinction of being Hollywood's lone director of Assyrian descent, the production operates with an expectedly low budget, with a result that bears evidence to this shortfall. Viewers may tend to reproach a scenario that is honeycombed with failures of logic that beggar any essay at establishing continuity. Filmed largely in the southern San Fernando Valley community of Sherman Oaks in the city of Los Angeles, there is little or nothing here to animate discerning cinema enthusiasts. An apparently rudderless cast mechanically ambles through the affair, although Paul Brewster, as an earnest supervising homicide investigator, does manage to create a role. Any inclination to watch this dross should be averted by all having good sense.


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