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Soultangler (1987)

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A mad scientist name Anton Lupesky invents a drug that can free the soul of the user and allow them to posses the bodies of corpses. The horrible side effect is sometimes fatal hallucinations that leave the survivors incurably mad.

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Pat Bishow
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Credited cast:
Bill Bernhard Bill Bernhard ... Lead Zombie
Jennifer Brown Jennifer Brown ... Lead Zombie
Tom Ciorciari Tom Ciorciari ... Zack (as Tom Cosari)
Pierre Devaux Pierre Devaux
Jane Kinser Jane Kinser
Louise Millmann Louise Millmann
Burt Wright Burt Wright ... Officer Moonie
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A mad scientist name Anton Lupesky invents a drug that can free the soul of the user and allow them to posses the bodies of corpses. The horrible side effect is sometimes fatal hallucinations that leave the survivors incurably mad.

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Alternate Versions

The DVD, from the American Genre Film Archive, contains a shorter Director's Cut that runs 28 minutes shorter than the Wide Release Version. This version of the film cuts out all of the padding scenes (mostly dialogue) that was shot so that the film could reach the 90-minute mark that was required per contracts. Both versions contain all of the blood and gore that was shot for the film, but the Director's Cut runs leaner and meaner. Both versions of the film are available on the DVD. See more »

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Referenced in It's a Haunted Happenin'! (2002) See more »

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Break 'Em All Down
by Tom Bwana & Evan Shore
Performed by The Pets
Courtesy of RockHouse Records
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A Lost gem of 1980s trash horror
21 September 2014 | by brettgrimstad907See all my reviews

"The Soultangler" is a very low budget film with an intriguing premise that takes a while to get where it is going but pays off spectacularly in the end. Dr. Anton Lupesky invents Anphiorum, a drug that allows the user's soul to leave their body and inhabit any corpse that still has eyes (yes being the window to the soul after all). The side effect is horrible, maddening hallucinations that kill most of the drug's users.

Though the beginning is slow going as to be expected from a lot of trash horror films of this era, the story builds nicely and has a fantastically gore-soaked climax that makes the previous 70 minutes entirely worth it. Every ounce of the tiny budget is on screen and though the actors might not be professionals and the camera-work is shaky, there is a passion and a heart to this film that movies will hundred million dollar budgets cannot match.

If you don't go in expecting constant action or thrills and accept that this is a micro-budget film determined to tell a surreal, dream-like story of science gone horribly wrong, you will enjoy it. Trust me though, stick with it till the ending and you will love this film.


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