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The Last Broadcast (1998)

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A film crew ventures into the forest in search of the mythical 'Jersey Devil'.
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Cast overview, first billed only:
David Beard David Beard ... David Leigh, The Filmmaker
Jim Seward Jim Seward ... Jim Suerd - The Accused
Stefan Avalos ... Steven Avkast - 'Fact or Fiction' Host
Lance Weiler ... Locus Wheeler - 'Fact or Fiction' Host
Rein Clabbers Rein Clabbers ... Rein Clackin, Paranormal Sound Man
Michele Pulaski Michele Pulaski ... Michelle Monarch - Data Retrieval Expert
Tom Brunt Tom Brunt ... Tom Branski - Technical Director of 'Fact or Fiction'
Mark Rublee Mark Rublee ... Clair Deforest - Editor for the Prosecution
A.D. Roso A.D. Roso ... Anthony Rosi - Lead Investigator of Murders
Dale Worstall Dale Worstall ... Dr. Dale Orstall, Jim's Child Psychologist
Vann K. Weller Vann K. Weller ... Dr. Vann Waller - Forensic Pathologist
Sam Wells Sam Wells ... Sam Woods - Television Soap Director
Jay MacDonald Jay MacDonald ... Jay McDowell, Web Designer
Faith Weiler Faith Weiler ... Joyce Dryer, Jim's Landlady
Marianne Connor Marianne Connor ... Mary Brenner, TV Reporter
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Bristling with equipment, two enthusiastic local access cable TV producers recruit an assistant and venture into a forest in search of the mythical and horrifying Jersey Devil. Days later, only one of the trio emerges. He becomes the prime suspect in the disappearances of the other two. However, a local filmmaker examines extensive footage found at the scene and arrives at a different conclusion. Written by Carl J. Youngdahl <zomno@casbah.acns.nwu.edu>

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some reporters would kill for the ultimate story... others will die. See more »

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Trivia

The premiere screening was released digitally to cinemas across the U.S. via satellite and shown using Texas Instruments' DLP digital cinema projectors. See more »

Goofs

Early in the film, when the narrator is talking about Jim Suerd's fascination of the Internet and magic, a website about magic tricks is shown. However, the web address (URL) is not written correctly, and would only lead to an error page. See more »

Quotes

David Leigh, The Filmmaker: At 10 PM, in what will be the last broadcast, Fact or Fiction goes live.
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Crazy Credits

The story and characters depicted in this movie are entirely fictitious. But please don't tell anyone. See more »


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Stranger
Written by A.D. Roso
Performed by A.D. Roso, Stefan Avalos
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Loses it's way towards the end
27 July 2002 | by bob the mooSee all my reviews

In 1995 a group of presenters for the cable TV show `fact or fiction' travelled into the woods to search for the Jersey Devil. When they are killed, one of the group, Jim Suerd, is convicted for the murder. Years later a documentary maker receives video tape not included in the trial and sets out to find what really happened.

I don't care which film was made first and I don't care if `last broadcast' and `Blair witch' are similar or not. All I care about is if the film itself is any good. The set up is good – a documentary that is put together in the style of many documentaries you might see on channel 5 etc and it is easy to get taken away by it (if not taken in!). it feels like it's building to something and it's reasonably compelling. However this drive loses it's way as the film tries to make comments about the subjectivity of the media and it detracts from what happened on that night.

This is a shame because the documentary style was well put together and believable. But the twist is silly (I think) and the final half hour could have been scary instead of trying to be a comment on the media. The acting is good if basic – it is just like they're playing themselves – but all the documentary contributors are totally believable.

Overall it held my attention and is well made considering the budget. The idea is clever but I was let down by the lack of thrills or scares and the fact that the final 30 minutes is just one big let down as the focus is lost.


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Language:

English

Release Date:

23 October 1998 (USA) See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$900 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$12,097

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$12,097
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FFM Productions See more »
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1.33 : 1
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