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Lady Stay Dead (1981)

A Young woman is looking after her sister's house, unaware that her sister and neighbor have been murdered by their handyman who also happens to be a serial killer.

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Terry Bourke

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Terry Bourke
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Cast

Cast overview:
Chard Hayward ... Gordon / Handyman-Killer
Louise Howitt Louise Howitt ... Jenny / Marie's sister
Deborah Coulls Deborah Coulls ... Marie / Jenny's sister
Roger Ward ... Officer Clyde Collings
Les Foxcroft Les Foxcroft ... Billy Shepherd
James Elliott James Elliott ... Patrolman Rex Dunbar
Brian Hinzlewood Brian Hinzlewood ... TV Director (as Brian Hinlsewood)
George Murray George Murray ... Businessman / Client
Barry Donnelly Barry Donnelly ... Security Man at Crash
James Moss James Moss ... Security Man at Crash
Allen Scholz Allen Scholz ... Chauffer
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Gordon (Chard Hayward) works as a handyman at the Rocky Beach Motel. He proceeds to spy on singer and actress Marie Coleby (Deborah Coulls), who is bad tempered, bossy and constantly barks orders at and berates him all day. Later that day, when she packs up to drive to the airport to pick up her sister, Jenny (Louise Howitt), he intrudes on, and rapes her. When she bites and calls him an animal, he drowns her in her fish tank in a fit of rage. While trying to hide her body in a garbage bag, her neighbor Billy Sheperd (Les Foxcroft) catches him in the act and is also killed by Gordon, who also poisons Billy's dog. Later, Jenny is driven home from the airport and finds the house empty. She later finds her jewels of her necklace in the fish tank and even finds Billy's dog floating in the water at the beach. She tries to tell Billy but sees his body lying on the couch and mistakes him for merely napping. She tries making a few phone calls to find her sister and even tries calling Billy ... Written by lament

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The trick is to stay alive!

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Drama | Horror | Thriller

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Country:

Australia

Language:

English

Release Date:

10 September 1981 (Australia) See more »

Also Known As:

Die Nacht der Apocalypse See more »

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Budget:

AUD 610,000 (estimated)
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Mono

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This film is considered an "Ozploitation" (Australian exploitation) picture. See more »

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References The Texas Chain Saw Massacre (1974) See more »

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Loving from a Distance
Written by Ted Ottley and Bob Young
Performed by Tina Young
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Sleazy and forgotten Australian slasher.
2 April 2010 | by HumanoidOfFleshSee all my reviews

Pretty singer/actress Marie Coleby has a charmed,affluent life in Sydney.She lives alone in a beach-side mansion with her dog and doting neighbour,old Billy Shepherd helps her out from time to time.The bearded Gordon Mason is her gardener.He is a psycho,who enjoys lying in bed with a mannequin and dreaming about torturing women on the beach.His obsession with Marie leads to rape and murder.A new resident enters the house of murder.Marie's older sister Jenny Nolan is looking for her..."Lady Stay Dead" is a sleazy psycho slasher comparable to "Maniac","Don't Go in the House","Never Pick Up a Stranger" or "American Nightmatre".There is plenty of sleaze and full-frontal nudity as well as some brutal violence.Chard Hayward is perfect as a appropriately perverted and crazed murderer.8 out of 10.I enjoyed this low-budget slice of sleaze.


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