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An alcohol/drug abuser re-examines his life until he nearly dies from an overdose. Then a friend convinces him to join a self-help group which turns out to be demonic.


Mark Borchardt


Mark Borchardt


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Mark Borchardt ... Mike
Tom Schimmels Tom Schimmels ... Steve
Miriam Frost Miriam Frost ... Sharon
Tommy Dallace Tommy Dallace ... Doc McCoy
Robert Richard Jorge Robert Richard Jorge ... Goodman
Sherrie Beaupre Sherrie Beaupre ... Daesa
Jack Bennett ... Group Member
Mark Nadolski Mark Nadolski ... Group Member
Scott Berendt Scott Berendt ... Group Member
Barbara Zanger Barbara Zanger ... Group Member
Donna McMaster Donna McMaster ... Group Member
Mike Schank Mike Schank ... Group Member
Cindy Snyder Cindy Snyder ... Group Member
Nancy Williams Nancy Williams ... Group Member
Wayne Buboise Wayne Buboise ... Group Member


An alcohol/drug abuser re-examines his life until he nearly dies from an overdose. Then a friend convinces him to join a self-help group which turns out to be demonic.

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Short | Drama | Horror







Release Date:

12 June 1997 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin, USA

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Northwest Productions See more »
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Did You Know?


In the "elevator sequence", Tommy Dallace is actually wearing his own drivers license on his medical lab coat instead of the standard hospital identification badge. Dallace was initially considered for the lead role in the movie, but was ultimately deemed to be "too good looking" for the part. See more »


Several actors' hairstyles change several times throughout the movie. This is the result of a shooting schedule that took several years. See more »


Old Man In Dream: It's all right. It's okay. You have something to live for. Jesus told me so.
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References Kiss Me Deadly (1955) See more »

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Very Powerful
22 December 2004 | by Newski_the_HippieSee all my reviews

Its one of those movies that is just a film to some, but a powerful social commentary for others. Mark Boschardt proves himself as a capable film maker, not the man so obviously mocked in American Movie (though when asked about his portrayal in American Movie, Mark Boschardt said "They were making their own movie, I'm not going to judge it so harshly").

The story is simple; a drug addict/alcoholic writer almost dies from an overdose. Hoping to stay sober, he tries out a support group which doesn't quite work for him. So he tries to stay sober on his own. This, of course, becomes impossible as we see the true nature of the support group, which drives him to further drug use in the movie (they do not take kindly to his not returning). The motivations of the group are unknown throughout the movie, and are still unclear at the end.

But the moral and message of the film are clear enough. Those who are in Alcoholics Anonymous will tell you to steer clear of this film, and to quote Boschardt once more "AA feels that if you don't get help from them, or God, then you haven't gotten help at all." This movie struck close to home with me, and I was really glad to be able to meet Mr. Boschardt himself. After all, it is quite obviously a very personal film for him. 4 stars.

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