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A Night to Dismember (1983)

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

Director:

Doris Wishman

Writers:

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

Cast overview, first billed only:
Samantha Fox ... Vicki Kent
Diane Cummins Diane Cummins ... Mary
Saul Meth Saul Meth ... Adam
Miriam Meth Miriam Meth ... Blanche
William Szarka William Szarka ... Billy (as Bill Szarka)
Chris Smith Chris Smith ... Sam (credit only)
Dee Cummins Dee Cummins ... Vicki (credit only)
Larry Hunter Larry Hunter ... Larry (as Norman Main)
Mary Lamay Mary Lamay ... Ann (as Mary Lomay)
Rita Rogers Rita Rogers ... Aunt Bea
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)
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A woman from a "cursed" family is released from a mental facility, and soon dismembered corpses start turning up.

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Horror

Certificate:

Not Rated

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Also Known As:

Doris Wishman's A Night to Dismember See more »

Filming Locations:

Long Island, New York, USA See more »

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Juri Productions See more »
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Mono

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Color

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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

According to director Doris Wishman, the actor who played the monster in Mary's apparition (Louis Burdi) wore his makeup after the filming and scared a man at a toll booth while driving home. The man at the toll booth refused to take the fee from the actor. See more »

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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 »

Connections

References The Ghastly Ones (1968) See more »

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Good for a number of chuckles.
21 October 2014 | by Hey_SwedenSee all my reviews

Legendary exploitation filmmaker Doris Wishman fumbles her way through this inane ode to the slasher film. It's an oddly interesting mess. One does have to give Wishman credit for trying to make something out of nothing, with a bunch of ridiculous scenes and a whole lot of truly terrible acting connected by a voice-over narration. The splatter is absolutely wonderful in its utter tackiness and excess, the music is often wholly inappropriate, and there are a sufficient amount of scenes and moments that are sure to have cult horror aficionados laughing out loud. (A case in point? That decapitation sequence.)

Porn star Samantha Fox is the only "actor" here of anything resembling name value, as she plays Vicki, a young woman fresh out of an insane asylum. It seems that her brother Billy (William Szarka) is trying to send her right back there, and while this is going on, horrific axe murders take place. The intrepid detective on the case, O'Malley, provides all the exposition with his narration.

Wishman also co-edited this, along with Larry Marinelli, and one can only imagine how that process must have gone down, with the two of them assembling *something* resembling a story out of a bunch of spare parts. One good thing is that "A Night to Dismember" is often just surreal, and incompetent, enough to be utterly fascinating in spite of itself. It could conceivably bore some viewers, but others will undoubtedly find it quite funny, and endearingly dumb.

Five out of 10.


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