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A Night to Dismember (1983)

Not Rated | | Horror | 1983 (USA)
A woman from a "cursed" family is released from a mental facility, and soon dismembered corpses start turning up.


Doris Wishman


Judy J. Kushner (story) (as Judith J. Kushner), Judy J. Kushner (screenplay) (as Judith J. Kushner)




Cast overview, first billed only:
Samantha Fox ... Vicki Kent
Diane Cummins Diane Cummins ... Mary Kent
Saul Meth Saul Meth ... Adam Kent
Miriam Meth Miriam Meth ... Blanche Kent
William Szarka William Szarka ... Billy Kent (as Bill Szarka)
Chris Smith Chris Smith ... Sam Kent (credit only)
Dee Cummins Dee Cummins ... Vicki Todd (credit only)
Larry Hunter Larry Hunter ... Larry Todd (as Norman Main)
Mary Lamay Mary Lamay ... Ann Todd (as Mary Lomay)
Rita Rogers Rita Rogers ... Aunt Bea Todd
Nina Stengel Nina Stengel ... Nina
Frankie Sabat Frankie Sabat ... Frankie
Alexandria Alexandria ... Nancy
William Longo Jr. William Longo Jr. ... Timmy
Rob DeRosa ... Marty (as Robert De Rosa)


A woman from a "cursed" family is released from a mental facility, and soon dismembered corpses start turning up.

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Did You Know?


According to cinematographer C. Davis Smith, Samantha Fox paid Doris Wishman $2,000 to get the starring role of Vicki Kent. This may account for Wishman's claim that the original print was destroyed in a fire, as the re-shoots primarily focused on Fox. Davis suggests that Wishman took the money, and then fabricated the story as an excuse to re-shoot with a new lead actress (Fox), but he admits he doesn't know for sure. See more »


Actress Alexandria is credited in the film's on-screen credits as playing "Nancy". In reality, she plays "Bonnie Kent". Actor Larry Hunter is credited as playing "Larry" but his actual role is "Uncle Sebastian". See more »

Alternate Versions

A 79-minute version of the film, originally claimed by Wishman to have been destroyed in a photo processing lab, was discovered in 2018. Samantha Fox does not appear in this film. It has a different plot and music from the released version. The newly discovered cut was the original or "lost" version. See more »


References The Ghastly Ones (1968) See more »

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There are some movies you just HAVE to see...
6 October 2002 | by sexdwarfSee all my reviews

A NIGHT TO DISMEMBER may not be one of them, but jesus, I honestly can't think of another film so disjointed, so visually unattractive, so inane and illogical beyond belief as this train wreck on film. So, because of that I strongly suggest anyone who seeks out the macabre, twisted, odd and unusual to do whatever it takes to see this movie. Thinking back, I'm almost sure it has to do with a woman released from an insane asylum and a whole lot of elevator music and narration. A detective narrates the entire film (!), telling us things that have absolutely no relation to what we are actually seeing. He stumbles and stutters his lines, coming across like an 8 year old with dyslexia. It's actually very funny. Occasionally, the actors in the film do get to speak (albeit they are HORRIBLY dubbed.) Much of the time when they are speaking, we aren't shown the actors' faces, rather their feet, a couch or a house plant! Oh yes, like any Doris Wishman film we get plenty of shots of people's feet. She must've had a foot fetish, like 99% of America I suppose. Ok, I'm trying to give you the plot of this car accident but it is physically impossible. Woman gets out of loony bin, her brother and sister try and drive her back there (for what reason, I have NO idea), a few gory murders take place (in the HG Lewis gory way) and before you know it, this 70 min. mess is over and you wonder to yourself JUST WHAT IN THE HELL YOU WATCHED. And just in case the movie itself isn't surreal or bizarre enough, Wishman throws in a couple of dream sequences to REALLY throw you off. In one dream, a woman is slashed and knifed to death about 100 times, slashing and knifing, over and over and over.. She moans like she's having an orgasm. Speaking of orgasm, A NIGHT TO DISMEMBER probably has a budget much lower than your average porn. Technically speaking, THIS IS UNDOUBTEDLY the worst motion picture made. Point blank. But, I found enough enjoyment to watch it multiple times. It's funnier than most comedies, and makes not a lick of sense that it BEGS to be watched. A true spectacle.

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1983 (USA) See more »

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